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6 UCF Researchers Receive U.S. Department of Defense Grants to Accelerate Research – UCF

The recipients include researchers from the College of Optics and Photonics and College of Engineering and Computer Science.
By Kissimmee Crum December 9, 2021
The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded the University of Central Florida more than $1.5 million for projects that will help boost the nation’s technological edge and STEM workforce.
The grants are through the DOD’s annual Defense University Research Instrumentation Program and will support equipment and instrumentation to accelerate basic research.
The recipients and their projects are:
Some funding could change depending on the final amount awarded and an additional project is expected to be added to the list.
More than 80 institutions across the country received awards through the program this year and the projects will support the design, development, and characterization of novel materials, quantum computing and quantum networks, bioelectronics, hypersonics, autonomy, and more.
“DURIP awards provide essential research infrastructure to enable the pursuit of new knowledge and help maintain cutting-edge capabilities of our universities,” says Bindu Nair, Director of the Basic Research Office in the Department of Defense’s Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. “The awards will sustain the scientific excellence of our universities, train the next generation of STEM workforce, and facilitate scientific advances that will drive unparalleled military capabilities for our country.”
One of this year’s recipients is working on a multi-investigator project that aims to make optical composite fiber lasers.
“Our team is comprised of material scientists, laser physicists and numerous students who bridge these disciplines,” Richardson says. “The award will assist the multi-disciplinary team in using novel coating technology, upgrading our optical material processing capabilities to make better composites.”
Last year, UCF received about $1.3 million through the program. The recipients were Ayman Abouraddy, Brian Kim and Vasu, an awardee for this year as well.
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