NSF IUCRC Planning Workshop on Affordable Composite Materials Scheduled

15 October 2001

The FAMU-FSU College of Engineering in Tallahassee, Florida will host the National Science Foundation Industry-University Cooperative Research Center (NSF IUCRC) Planning Workshop on Affordable Composite Materials on December 4-5.

This workshop will bring together composite materials users, researchers, and suppliers from industry and government to establish a research and deployment program of common interest. The outcome will serve as the basis for the establishment of the NSF Industry University Cooperative Research Center for Affordable Composite Materials.

Building on the success of its Florida Advanced Center for Composite Technologies (FAC2T), the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering is seeking a federally designated Industry-University Cooperative Research Center in affordable composite materials. Partnering with Ohio State University’s IUCRC, Center for Advanced Polymer and Composite Engineering (CAPCE), FAC2T will emphasize research on the manufacturing processes involving composites, complementing CAPCE’s research on polymer processing and material properties.

Through a competitive peer-review process, the College of Engineering was recently awarded a planning grant by the NSF to explore and secure industry partnerships to apply for designation as an IUCRC. A large participation in the workshop is essential to determining the future for affordable composite materials and manufacturing competitiveness in the United States.

The forum is free and meals will be provided. Rooms are also available at a reduced rate.

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