Montana Tech receives $2.9 million for research and development | Local

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory has awarded Montana Tech $2.89 million for research and development. This is the fourth year of funding from the Army Research Lab bringing the total amount to $10,220,205.

This funding will enable Montana Tech to continue developing its research infrastructure at the same time that it contributes to the fundamental and applied knowledge necessary to protect the nation’s warfighters and provide them with the necessary tools to carry out successful campaigns in the field. The research projects undertaken at Montana Tech will engage undergraduate and graduate students in cutting-edge research important to national security and will demonstrate the excitement of being researchers advancing knowledge and technology. In addition, a component of this program places Montana Tech students in local classrooms to inspire elementary, middle, and high school students about science and engineering.

“Montana Tech’s world class research and development is preparing the next generation of industry leaders and strengthening our national security,” Senator Jon Tester said. “These funds will allow the students and faculty at Montana Tech to continue this critical research project and help Butte remain a destination for the best and brightest engineering students in the nation.”

“This project and its funding are helping Montana Tech apply and build research capacity in a broad range of important materials science and engineering specialties – from nanotechnology to additive manufacturing to ceramics, recycling and more,” said Dr. Beverly Hartline, Vice Chancellor for Research at Montana Tech. “Much of this research is being done by Materials Science Ph.D. students at Montana Tech, with master’s and undergraduate students, who will gain valuable experience in the process. Their advances are essential to the effectiveness and protection of American warfighters and produce key technologies for economic development. We thank Senator Tester for his continued strong leadership in securing these investments.”

Montana Tech has six projects funded under this grant. The projects are:

1. Polymer-Based Functional Materials by Design

2. Innovations in Materials Processing and Additive Manufacturing

3. Materials by Design: Non-oxide Ceramic Materials, Sintering, and Rare Earths

4. Advanced Processing Technologies

5. Metal Casting Imaging and Verification

6. Computational Routes to Functional Material by Design

The Center for Advanced Mineral & Metallurgical Processing (CAMP)—Montana Tech’s center for excellence in materials science and engineering—is providing overall management and coordination of the project. For more information, please contact Dr. Ronald White at 406-496-4342.

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