Campus: San José State University -- August 26, 2005
SJSU is Awarded $500,000 for Nanotechnology Partnership
San Josť State University announced today that the U.S. Defense Advanced Research
Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded the College of Engineering a $500,000 grant
for the establishment of a collaborative research program in nanoscale materials
and device characterization, including support of a Materials Characterization and
Metrology Center. The Center, which will be managed through the SJSU Foundation
in partnership with IBM-Almaden Research Center and NASA-AMES Center for
Nanotechnology, will conduct research projects to further the understanding of
nanoscale materials for use in a wide range of computing, data storage and sensor
"The building of university/industry partnerships is an important activity for the
University," says SJSU President Don W. Kassing. "We are delighted with DARPA's
support of this project, and are grateful for the commitment of U.S. Congressman
and head of the House Appropriations Committee Jerry Lewis, and our local
representatives, Mike Honda and Anna Eshoo, who so enthusiastically endorsed our
proposal. We look forward to supporting the efforts of IBM-Almaden Research Center
and NASA-Ames Center for Nanotechnology in advancing this important work in the
area of nanotechnology."
The DARPA award will support the work of six SJSU graduate students and six faculty
members in the industry/partner laboratories. Funds from the award will also be
used to provide technical support and maintenance services for the nanomaterials
research equipment located throughout the SJSU campus.
"Over time, there won't be a single market that is not in some way changed by what
we are learning about how the molecular building blocks of existing materials can
be combined and manipulated to produce and deliver new materials," says Emily
Allen, project principal investigator and chair of SJSU's Department of Chemical
and Materials Engineering. "Being able to support the work of our students and
faculty members on campus, as well as in such prestigious laboratories, is part
of our commitment to training the next generation of scientists and engineers,
who must be skilled in the use of tools and techniques to study nanoscale materials."
Allen added that leading Silicon Valley companies, such as Intel, Applied Materials,
Novellus Systems and others have indicated their support for the project as a
public/private initiative that would be beneficial to local industry and the
"We always have many more ideas than we have time and hands available to pursue,"
says J. Campbell Scott, manager of molecular electronics at IBM's Almaden Research
Center. "Our relationship with SJSU on this project is a way for us to do things
that we wouldn't otherwise be able to do. For the students, it means getting
experience in a research environment that broadens their education and gives them
background with the use of different equipment and scientific approaches."
"I see this first substantial grant in nanotechnology for San Josť State as an
important beginning for their development of curricula and research opportunities
for their students interested in nanotechnology," says Dr. Meyya Meyyappan,
director of the Center for Nanotechnology at NASA-Ames. "The funds will allow them
to leverage public institutions like NASA-Ames so that they can fairly quickly
establish themselves as an important player in the field of nanotechnology. I am
pleased to be part of this partnership and to be able to provide this sort of
opportunity for SJSU faculty and students. It is a terrific institution."
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