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July 23, 2004
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Tech Projects Receive $15.2 Million In Defense Spending
U.S. Senators Tom Daschle and Tim Johnson and Representative Stephanie Herseth announced this week that South Dakota Tech research projects designed to improve our nation’s military will receive $15.2 million in the 2005 Defense spending bill. The bill was approved by Congress this week.
“We truly appreciate all the work of South Dakota’s delegation,” Tech President Dr. Charles Ruch said. “It is the delegation’s continued support that allows Tech professors and researchers to undertake projects that will make our military more efficient while better protecting our troops in the field.”
Since 2001, South Dakota Tech has received more than $55 million in Congressional appropriations for projects and research.
“South Dakota Tech has used that funding to undertake many projects critical to our state and nation,” Ruch said. “We have created research infrastructure, implemented new technologies and equipment found no place else in the world, and have created a goal of using our expertise to transition technology and generate technology-based economic development.”
The 2005 Defense projects:
$7 Million for Advanced Materials Processing for Future Combat Systems — This project, a partnership between the Army Research Lab and South Dakota Tech, draws on strengths of both institutions for work in materials processing and modeling that will enable the Army to become a lighter, more lethal force. A new effort this year will use computer models to simulate landmine blasts, with the goal of developing vehicle designs that would deflect explosions.
$3.4 million for the Lightweight and Novel Structures for Space Program — Tech and the Air Force Research Laboratory are working together to develop innovative structural technologies to meet the Department of Defense’s needs for large, lightweight space structures.
$1.5 million for the Next Generation Joining Technology Research Initiative — Tech and the Edison Welding Institute are partnering to combine their proven resources and knowledge to fill current and future technology gaps essential to improving the Army’s Future Combat System weapons platforms by making them lighter, faster and more lethal.
$1.8 million for the Future Affordable Multi-Utility Materials for the Army Future Combat Systems —The Florida Advanced Center for Composite Technologies at Florida A&M University and Tech, partnered with the Army Research Lab, are working to develop strong and lightweight vehicles made with multi-utility or multi-functional materials to be used for unmanned ground and aerial vehicles. The vehicles would autonomously gather intelligence and carry out tactical missions on land and air.
$1.5 million for Nanotechnology Technologies for Defense Applications —This project will help move Tech’s nanotechnology research into practical commercial and military applications, such as the development of personal and vehicle body armor, additives for energetic materials and enhanced laser efficiency for directed energy weapons.
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