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October 7, 2005
Contact: Breanna Bishop, Information Specialist, (605) 394-2693
School of Mines Projects
To Receive $16 Million In Defense Spending
U.S. Senators Tim Johnson and John Thune announced that the Fiscal 2006
Defense Appropriations bill that passed today included $16 million in funding for
the School of Mines to fund research projects designed to improve our nation’s
military. Previously, Representative Stephanie Herseth announced $6.5 million in
funding within the House version of the Defense Appropriations bill.
“We truly appreciate all the work of the South Dakota delegation,” School of
Mines President Dr. Charles Ruch said. “It is the delegation’s continued support
that allows School of Mines professors and researchers to undertake projects
that will make our military more efficient while better protecting our troops in the
field. Research infrastructure, new technologies and equipment, that are found
no other place in the world, are now being used to transition technology and
generate technology-based economic development.”
Since 2001, The School of Mines has received more than $55 million in
Congressional appropriations for projects and research.
The Senate bill now goes into conference with the House of Representatives’
version before the final bill is passed and sent to the President for his signature.
The proposed 2006 Defense projects include:
• $4 million for the Nano-Reinforced Structures and Advanced Multi-
Functional Structures for Space Program — the School of Mines 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.
• $3 million for Strategic Defense Systems Manufacturing Technology —
this is a continuing partnership between the School of Mines and the U.S.
Army to develop new materials and technology. These projects focus on
three materials areas: polymer composites, nanomaterials and
metals/ceramics. Specific areas of research will be transparent armor,
chemical agent protection, laser-free form processing, and micro-laser
• $3 million for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology for Ammunition —
This project will strengthen the successful partnership between the U.S.
Army’s Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center
(ARDEC) by allowing advanced materials and technologies invented at
the School of Mines to be rapidly inserted into munition systems and
deployed for evaluation to determine their value to the warfighter.
• $4 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 the School of Mines,
partnered with the Army Research Lab, are working toward the Army’s
Objective Force vision of a significant role for unmanned vehicles within
the Future Combat System fleet. These vehicles will autonomously gather
intelligence and carry out tactical missions on land and air.
• $2 million for the Next Generation Joining Technology Research Initiative
— The School of Mines and the Edison Welding Institute are partnering to
combine their resources and knowledge to fill current and future gaps
essential to improving the Army’s Future Combat Systems weapons
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