Research Infrastructure for Science & Engineering



RISE-1: Studies of Structural Nanocomposites Using Transmission Electron Microscopy.

The thrust of this proposal is directed primarily towards acquiring an HR-TEM to enhance the quality of ongoing research. The two thrust areas of research are: (1) Cure and relaxation  behavior of polymer nanocomposites and (2) structural nanocomposites.

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RISE-2 : Enhancement of Research Infrastructure in the Materials Science and Engineering Program at Tuskegee University.

The areas that have been identified for enhancement and development with funding through this program include:1) in-house manufacture of carbon nanotubes, 2) manufacture and characterization of advanced fibers reinforced with carbon nanotubes and other nano fillers, 3) research in advanced electronic materials, 4) videoconferencing capability, and 5) development of junior African American faculty members to enable them to join the research and education programs in MSE.

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RISE-3: Strengthening the Ph.D. Program in Materials Science and Engineering at Tuskegee University


Tuskegee University’s first Ph.D. program in MSE, which aims at significantly  increasing the number of African Americans holding the Ph.D. degree in this field.The faculty members associated with this program have realized that in order to produce graduates who can compete successfully in the global market, the Ph.D. program needs to be further strengthened by providing additional depth and breadth in the curriculum and incorporating new areas of research and professional development activities. The involvement of students in the cuttingedge research in advanced materials, particularly, nano-bio materials, and the offering of a wide range of new courses, will lead to the production of graduates who can successfully handle materials development challenges posed by the future technological advancements.

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RISE-4: Enhancement of Research and Educational Infrastructure in Materials Science and Engineering at Tuskegee University


Through this grant, Tuskegee University (TU) proposed to elevate its Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) program to a higher level so that its impact may considerably be broadened. The three main parts of this program are: a) Enhance research capability in synthesis and characterization of nanoparticles for biomedical and pharmaceutical applications, b) Develop a cohort of students not only at the Ph.D. level but also at the Master’s level so that they can be nurtured and motivated to continue their studies in the Ph.D. program, and c) Groom younger faculty members to enable them to become active in research and education in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE).

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