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Florida State University Breaks Ground on New Composites Research Building

19 June 2007

Florida State University administrators, joined by Tallahassee-area economic development officials, recently celebrated the groundbreaking of the new Materials Research Building in Tallahassee's Innovation Park.

""With the additions of this new building and several faculty positions funded under FSU's 'Pathways of Excellence' initiative, we will be among the nation's best research centres in advanced composites,"" said Kirby Kemper, vice president of Research at FSU. ""This truly marks the beginning of the next generation of lightweight, high-performance composite materials.""

The $17 million building, which is scheduled to be ready by fall 2008, will be a two-story, 44,000-square-foot facility that houses 13 laboratories for the design, processing and characterization of advanced materials and systems. When completed, it will house the High-Performance Materials Institute and FSU's Center of Excellence in Advanced Materials, which was established in November 2006 through a $4 million grant from the State University System's Board of Governors.

""Working closely with many industrial partners, our research will benefit the aerospace, auto, defense, electronics and wind-energy industries by providing lightweight, safe, energy-efficient and cost-effective composite systems,"" said Ben Wang, director of the Center of Excellence in Advanced Materials and research director of the High-Performance Materials Institute. ""This building also will provide the resources for us to provide work-force training to attract industry and create jobs in the area.”





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