The Center for Advanced Surgical Technology (CAST) was created by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents in 2005. Since its inception, CAST has evolved as a significant contributor to the national effort in advancing surgical technology. CAST builds on current expertise in the University of Nebraska System and has assembled a critical mass of researchers needed to build a nationally prominent biomedical research center for surgical technology in Nebraska. CAST provides a unique opportunity to stimulate, coordinate, and facilitate the efforts of various faculty members interested in collaborative research with enormous potential. It also offers the basic research infrastructure conducive to projects for training undergraduate and graduate students in advanced surgical technologies.