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NSF Center for Novel High Voltage/Temperature Materials & Structures Research Meeting

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The National Science Foundation Center for Novel High Voltage/Temperature Materials and Structures held its semi-annual Research Meeting at the University of Denver from October 19-21, 2015. The University of Denver, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Michigan Technological University comprise the academic sites of this Industry/University Cooperative Research Center and ten large industrial companies select, guide, and fund the research projects. The Center focuses on the design, evaluation, and monitoring of materials used for high voltage electrical transmission and aerospace applications.

“This Center is a prime example of industry-connected research that we conduct here at the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science,” said Dean JB Holston who hosted the opening night reception for sixty attendees from the Universities, the member companies, and special guests from the office of Senator Bennet, the FBI, and the Denver Business Journal. At this event in the Olin Rotunda, graduate students funded by the Center proudly displayed 24 posters summarizing their state of the art research efforts with titles stretching from “Novel Composites for Ballistic Protection from High-Velocity Impact” to “Molecular Modeling: Thermal Conductivity of Graphene Nanoplatelet/Cycloaliphatic Epoxy System”.

DU’s Dr. Maciej Kumosa, John Evans Professor and the Center Director, led the formal part of the meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday where the students and faculty members of the universities formally presented their research progress on nine distinct projects to the members who included large Colorado employers Lockheed Martin, Tri-State Generation and Transmission, and Western Area Power Administration.

“Judging from the required member feedback forms for each project, this was by far the best research meeting we have ever had at the Center. The students have done an outstanding job and the industrial members were very pleased,” boasted Dr. Kumosa.

The next meeting of the Center will be at the University of Illinois in May 2016, and the Center meeting will return to DU in May of 2017. Additional information about the Center can be found at www.HVTcenter.org.