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March 1, 2000
SDSM& T RECEIVES TWO DEFENSE AWARDS FOR COMPETITIVE RESEARCH
The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is one of 35 institutions to receive research awards from the Department of Defense ( DoD) to perform research in science and engineering fields important to national defense. SDSM& T will receive two awards for research proposals submitted by Dr. David Boyles, Associate Professor of Chemistry, and Dr. Jon Kellar, Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering; and by Dr. Kellar, Dr. Lidvin Kjerengtroen, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Dr. William Cross, Research Scientist, Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering.
Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Science and Technology Delores M. Etter announced February 16, 2000 plans for the DoD to award $ 24 million to 35 academic institutions in 18 States, including Puerto Rico. Eighty- one projects were competitively selected under the fiscal 2000 Defense Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research ( DEPSCoR). The DEPSCoR is designed to expand research opportunities in States that have traditionally received the least funding in federal support for university research. The average award is approximately $ 296,000.
The Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Army Research Office, the Office of Naval Research, and the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization ( Science and Technology Directorate) solicited proposals utilizing a Defense- wide Broad Agency Announcement ( BAA). The DEPSCoR BAA was published on the Internet and accessed by the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research State Committees, which solicited and selected projects for their state's proposal. In response, 20 proposals consisting of 256 projects were submitted requesting more than $ 82 million.
The award list from the Department of Defense's EPSCoR competition for FY- 00 shows a total award amount of $ 24 million to successful proposals from 35 academic institutions in 18 states plus Puerto Rico.
The two proposals submitted by SD Tech are titled, “ A Fiber- Optic Sensor System for Total Lifetime Monitoring of Polymer Matrix Composites,” and “ Direct Formation of Silane Coupling Agents on Glass Surfaces for Improved Composite Performance.” The first proposal was submitted by Dr. Kellar, Dr. Kjerengtroen, and Dr. Cross. The goal of the project is to observe polymer matrix composite materials from their birth to their death. “ Successful completion of this work may lead to safer, less expensive, and lighter structures which utilize our fiber optic sensor system to optimize the material properties and examine the structure in situ to determine when the structure is nearing failure,” said Dr. Cross.
The second proposal was submitted by Dr. Kellar and Dr. Boyles. The proposal outlines an approach for modification of polymer composite materials ( PCM) fibrous reinforcements by the formation of Si- C grafted linkages.
“ This work will add to fundamental knowledge of the modification of surfaces by sequential chemical reaction protocols, generate information on the nature of the surfaces so formed, and afford methodology to further assess and modify surface/ polymer interactions and stability for improved composite materials,” said Dr. Boyles.
To talk to the SD Tech recipients of the DoD EPSCoR awards, contact the Office of University Relations at ( 605) 394- 6082/ 2554.
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