Archives for December 19, 2014

Spotlight on MRC

Focused on students before the technology the Graduate Center for Materials Research (MRC) is a multi-disciplinary research and development organization. Established in 1964 at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, MRC provides a graduate education environment that fosters significant advances in the fields of materials science and engineering. MRC provides research facilities, an equipment base and a support infrastructure that enables faculty members, students and industry professionals to conduct successful, team-oriented research and development projects.

The Center provides graduate students in many academic departments (e.g. Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical & Biological Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Chemistry, Biological Sciences and Physics) with advanced training in materials related engineering and science research.

The research conducted in the Center ranges from fundamental science to applied engineering and includes the development, evaluation, application, and understanding of metals, polymers, biomaterials, electronic materials and composites. Accomplishments from the Center include:  glass microspheres for treatment of liver cancer, transparent composites for windows/armor, environmentally friendly corrosion coatings, laser glasses, epitaxial chiral surfaces, biomineralization, fuel cell electrolytes and sealing materials, electrochemical biosensors, multi-layer nanocapacitors, enhanced magnetic materials, and thin film electromagnetic probes.

Army Research Open House

The Army Research Lab at Aberdeen Proving Grounds and Adelphi MD held an ARL open house last week  to introduce the S&T community to ARL’s research scientists and engineers, foster collaborations and to offer ARL’s specialized laboratory facilities that are available to support joint research. ARL calls their effort Open Campus and it is a pilot experiment for federal labs to (a) get out of being a funding source to industry and academia (b) become instead a collaborator and (c) open the way to freely — without security impediments even — exchange people, facilities, equipment and ideas.

ARL expressly wants Missouri S&T, industry and other research universities to partner with them, leverage their facilities (utilization rates), make joint proposals to federal funding sources (e.g. ARO, NRO, DTRA, DARPA, NSF, NIST …), jointly publish articles, have post-docs and students work at the Army labs … in short engage n every way short of asking them for money.

Their organization for this (campaigns), the mechanisms to engage with them (agreements) and the capabilities they have to share (assets) are published at the Open Campus website. OSP will be putting the mechanisms in play this winter.

Open Campus Open House December 9 & 10, 2014


The Army has published an extensive “Opportunities” document with detail on specific projects organized by campaigns. The 150 posters organized for the Open House last week has many connections to the research interests of S&T researchers and as soon as they are published OSP will link those posters to specific on-campus researchers attention.

Friday Report 12/19/2014

Pivot at S&T

Interesting new announcements this week:

Young Faculty Award (YFA) Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) The program aims to identify and engage rising stars in junior faculty positions in academia and equivalent positions at non-profit research institutions and expose them to Department of Defense (DoD) and National Security challenges and needs.
Research Coordination Networks (RCN) National Science Foundation (NSF) NSF will continue its support of research coordination networks designed to foster communication and promote new collaboration among scientists, engineers and educators with diverse expertise and who share a common interest in a new or developing area of science or engineering.
Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI): Instrument Acquisition or Development Office of Integrative Activities (OIA) This program serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in the United States’ institutions of higher education, not-for-profit museums, science centers and scientific/engineering research organizations.
Naval Platform Power and Energy Department of the Navy This announcement focuses on providing research for a scientific foundation for a re-configurable electrical warship including physical properties, control laws, stability criteria, modeling and simulation, advanced design and developmental methods.
NSF’s Engineering for Natural Hazards (ENH) Opens for Applications  The goals of the Engineering for Natural Hazards (ENH) program are to prevent natural hazards from becoming disasters, and to broaden consideration of natural hazards independently to the consideration of the multi-hazard environment within which the constructed civil infrastructure exists. The constructed civil infrastructure supported by the ENH program includes building systems such as the soil-foundation-structure-envelope-nonstructural system, as well as the facade and roofing, and other structures, geostructures, and underground facilities such as tunnels. While research may focus on a single natural hazard, research that considers civil infrastructure design and performance in the context of multiple hazards, i.e., a multi-hazard approach, is encouraged. All United States academic institutions, governments, commercial organizations, nonprofit organizations, small businesses, governments, and citizens with a Ph.D. are eligible to apply. The award amount is unspecified. The next application deadline is February 17, 2015.