The Center for Materials Interfaces in Research and Applications (¡MIRA!) is an interdisciplinary materials science research center focused on the development of advanced functional materials through the exploration of materials interfaces. A fundamental goal is to understand multi-scale relationships from the molecular to the macro-scale and to understand how to dictate materials function through the tuning of their interfaces. Those fundamental and applied discoveries in materials interfaces can impact health, energy, and the environment, improving lives and enhancing economic potential.

Research Success through Diversity

In Spanish, ¡MIRA! means “look”! ¡MIRA! is an invitation to look at the impact of materials interfaces, look at the impact of NAU, and look at the state of Arizona. ¡MIRA! is also a recognition of the demographics of Arizona, one that is multicultural and a deliberate welcoming to Under Represented Minorities (URM) to consider education and career paths in Materials Science and STEM in general.

The ¡MIRA! Director, Dr. Jen Martinez, is an URM and internationally recognized expert in Biomaterials science. The ¡MIRA! chief scientist, Dr. Gabriel Montaño is a URM of Chicano heritage and nationally recognized leader in Diversity in STEM having served, amongst other outreach activities, as the President of the largest URM STEM society in the country (>20,000 member reach), the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). Together with Dr. Cindy Browder, co-director, the ¡MIRA! approach is to build upon its intrinsic diversity to propel inventiveness and success, while also attracting students and unique funding opportunities.