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Feb. 23, 2020

Defense Department Launches $2 Million Aerospace Research and Education Center of Excellence at Tuskegee University

The Department of Defense (DOD), through the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)), has launched the DOD Aerospace Education Research and Innovation Center (AERIC) at Tuskegee University in Alabama.

Dec. 18, 2019

2019 Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship Spotlight: Martin Zwierlein

2019 Vannevar Bush Fellow Dr. Martin Zwierlein will develop a new analog quantum computing capability, using a well-controlled physical system to emulate another that is much more difficult to investigate, for example, the behavior of protons and neutrons inside the nucleus. The main focus will be placed on electrons in condensed matter, which are

Dec. 12, 2019

2019 Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship Spotlight: Andrea Alù

Dr. Alu specializes in metamaterials, i.e. synthetic materials nano-engineered to have exotic properties as a result of structural patterns. He will spend his five-year, $3 million fellowship studying their thermal properties and how to control heat flow for a wide variety of materials and physical conditions. This research will include

Dec. 5, 2019

2019 Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship Spotlight: Jian Cao

Unlike many materials scientists, Dr. Cao isn’t studying the specific properties of exotic materials, but is working on a way to describe all of the approaches in manufacturing them. Under her fellowship award, she will establish a Manufacturing Process Compiler that would consider product size, available materials, and available manufacturing

Nov. 19, 2019

2019 Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship Spotlight: Siddharth Ramachandran

Dr. Ramachandran, selected as one of the ten 2019 Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellows, will study what he calls 'tornado light beams', i.e. light beams with optical angular momentum that gives them a spiraling structure. The orbital angular momentum of these exotic beams can provide a number of exotic effects when interacting with matter; it may even

Nov. 5, 2019

2019 Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship Spotlight: Dmitri Basov

Dr. Basov proposed for his fellowship grant to discover and study new forms of transient quantum matter. He will use laser pulse of femtosecond duration (a millionth of a billionth of a second) onto a nano-sized spot to drive thin films of selected materials into a non-equilibrium, yet strongly correlated state. The creation of phases of quantum

Oct. 21, 2019

2016 Vannevar Bush Fellow develops new technique to use 3-D printing for human tissue

Dr. Jennifer Lewis, a 2016 Vannevar Bush Fellow, along with fellow Harvard researchers, has developed a technique for 3D-printing vascular channels into stem-cell-derived organ building blocks. The technique is called SWIFT (Sacrificial Writing into Functional Tissue), and uses gelatin to create the required channels in each organ building block.

April 2, 2019

DoD Laboratory Scientist of the Quarter Award - Fourth Quarter FY18

Congratulations to 2016 LUCI Fellow Dr. Bryn Adams for her selection as the Department of Defense Laboratory Scientist of the Quarter! As a research scientist at U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Dr. Adams' work in the genetic control of non-traditional microbes blazes the way forward in developing self-healing sensors.  

April 2, 2019

2015 Vannevar Bush Fellow, Dr. Teri Odom, Develops Nanoscale Metalense Optical Elements

Using silver nanoparticles and a polymer, 2015 Vannevar Bush Fellow Dr. Teri Odom has developed a tiny lens that can change its shape and adjust its focus upon demand. The optical element is called a metalense . While glass causes chromatic aberrations by different wavelengths like a prism, a metalens uses tiny nanostructures to bend a wide

April 2, 2019

Team led by Dr. Charles Lieber, 2009 Vannevar Bush Fellow, designs neuron-mimicking probes with increased viability for long-term use

In work supported by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the NIH, among others, Dr. Charles Lieber has created neural probes that approximate the size, shape, and flexibility of real neurons. In mouse studies, this allows the probes to integrate into the brain and record the functions of adjacent neurons over 90 days without an immune