Fertile Ground for IUCRCs
In 2022, The Grainger College of Engineering launched two other NSF-sponsored Industry-University Cooperative Research Center efforts.
Professor David Nicol, who is director of the Information Trust Institute and is the Herman M. Dieckamp Endowed Chair in Engineering, leads the Center for Infrastructure Trustworthiness in Energy Systems (CITES). As more of our nation’s energy infrastructure gets connected to the outside world, it is becoming more vulnerable to cyber attacks. CITES will reduce the threat by developing advanced capabilities and robust infrastructure to keep America’s critical functions secure and resilient. Academic partners include the University of Arkansas and Florida International University.
In addition, the Center for Aggressive Scaling by Advanced Processes for Electronics and Photonics (ASAP) received a planning grant to explore the possibility of establishing a new Industry-University Cooperative Research Center.
The ASAP center effort is being led by Professor Shaloo Rakheja. It is based in the Holonyak Micro & Nanotechnology Lab and includes faculty from the Departments of Chemistry, Computer Science, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Industrial & Enterprise Systems Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering.
Grainger Engineering is also home to the Center for Advanced Research in Drying, which was established as an IUCRC in 2016 with Worcester Polytechnic Institute; the Center for Computational Biotechnology and Genomic Medicine, which was established in 2016 with Mayo Clinic; and the Center for Laser and Plasma for Advanced Manufacturing, which was established in 2002 with the University of Virginia.