We are very happy to begin our new partnership with Tuskegee University (AL) on multiple NSF-funded grants focused on building diversity and STEM pipeline in Materials Research: HBCU-UP, Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST), and Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials (PREM).
The Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) program supports the enhancement of research capabilities of minority-serving institutions through the establishment of centers that effectively integrate education and research. CREST at TU aims to promote the development of new knowledge, enhancement of the research productivity of individual faculty, and an expanded presence of students historically underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.
With CREST program support, Tuskegee University will continue development of its Center for Sustainable Lightweight Materials in collaboration with Auburn University, Cornell University and National Laboratory partners. This work will accelerate research and development of multi-scale advanced lightweight materials with potential applications in areas such as automotive, building, biomedical and tissue engineering, among others, where synthetic materials are found to be toxic, non-degradable and non-sustainable.
The Partnership for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) involves a collaboration between Tuskegee University (TU) and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (UNL-MRSEC) to establish a world-class collaborative research program in multiferroic polymer nanocomposites. The overarching broad goal is to provide the highest quality research and education opportunities, and to increase recruitment, retention, and graduation of students from underrepresented groups in advanced degrees in emerging field of materials science and engineering.
Stay tuned for project-related updates!