Those were some of the words being tossed around as a group from the Louisville/Lexington BEAM initiative toured the University of Louisville’s Belknap Campus Feb. 29.

BEAM is a creation of the mayors of Louisville and Lexington and stands for the Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement. Its goal is to foster more research and manufacturing collaborations between Kentucky’s two largest cities and research universities in the hopes of attracting more entrepreneurs, companies and jobs to central Kentucky.

Eleven people, including Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, joined the tour, which made stops at the Speed Engineering School’s rapid prototype lab and the clean room in the Shumaker Research Building.

UofL President James Ramsey told the group that, for UofL and the University of Kentucky, “there’s a time to compete and a time to collaborate.” Ramsey said the two schools are already working together on more than 100 projects, because they realize that Kentucky’s research and economic prospects are strengthened by cooperation.

During the stop at the rapid protype lab, industrial engineering professor Brent Stucker explained that UofL has “the best collection of technology in the whole world for additive manufacturing,” bringing a great opportunity to attract companies that want to be closer to the place where special parts for their products are being made. Kevin Walsh led the clean room tour, showing off UofL’s ability to produce microscopic items in an ultra-clean environment.

Mark Hebert
Following a 28-year career as a radio and television reporter, Mark Hebert joined the University of Louisville as the Director of Media Relations in 2009, serving as the main spokesperson. In 2015, Mark was named Director of Programming and Production. He’s now producing and hosting a radio show about “all things UofL”, overseeing the university’s video and TV productions and promoting UofL’s research operation. Mark is best known for his 22 years as the political and investigative reporter for WHAS-TV in Louisville where he won numerous awards for breaking stories, exposing corruption and objectively covering Kentucky politics. In 2014, Mark was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.