Archive for March 2010

Materials Engineer is First From UA to Receive Air Force Young Investigator Award

March 2010 - Erica L. Corral, an assistant professor in the University of Arizona department of materials science and engineering, is one of only 38 early-career scientists and engineers to receive an award under the Young Investigator Program of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.
Competition is fierce for research grants from the Air Force, and Corral's award marks the first time that UA has ever been a part of such an Air Force program for young investigators.
Corral said there is no official word on the exact amount of her award yet, but that it would be more than half a million dollars.
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UA Engineers are First to Use Space Station Test Bed

March 2010 - Research on an aluminum-silicon alloy in space could lead to stronger materials manufactured on Earth.

When astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor docked with the International Space Station on Feb. 10, more than 200 miles above the Atlantic west of Portugal, part of their mission was to collect a sample from an experiment conducted by University of Arizona College of Engineering researchers.
The small ingot of aluminum-silicon alloy was the first material sample supporting U.S. research to be processed in NASA's Materials Science Research Rack on the orbiting space station. The rack is fixed to the outside of the station and suspended in open space.
Professors David Poirier and Robert Erdmann of the UA's department of materials science and engineering, and Surendra Tewari of Cleveland State University, are researching how molten metals solidify in zero gravity and will study the sample.
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UA Engineering Test Sample Returns from Space for Analysis

March 2010 - The first American research sample processed in the International Space Station's Materials Science Laboratory was opened for study March 16 at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

The sample consisted of an aluminum-silicon alloy that was melted and resolidified in orbit. The experiment was controlled by commands from the ground and monitored by David Poirier, Robert Erdman and Matthew Goodman of UA's materials science and engineering department.

Scientists will compare the sample to an Earth-based recreation of the experiment conducted by Surendra Tewari of Cleveland State University in Ohio. Tewari will join the UA team to analyze and dissect the sample from orbit.

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