Discipline: Mathematics & Statistics
Subcategory: STEM Research
Patrick Mensah - Southern University and A&M College
Co-Author(s): Samuel Ibekwe, Southern University and A&M College, Baton Rouge, LA. Guoqiang Li, Southern University and A&M College, Baton Rouge, LA. Fareed Dawan, Southern University and A&M College, Baton Rouge, LA. Rachel Vincent-Finley, Southern University and A&M College, Baton Rouge, LA. Guang-Lin Zhao, Southern University and A&M College, Baton Rouge, LA. Maryam Jahan, Southern University and A&M College, Baton Rouge, LA. Isiah Warner, Louisiana State University and A&M College, Baton Rouge, LA
Southern University and A&M College (SU) in Baton Rouge, LA, in collaboration with Louisiana State University (LSU), is actively engaged in Phase II of its Next Generation Composites CREST Center (NextGenC3). The vision of this collaboration is to further grow a strong, ongoing collaborative, innovative, self-sustaining research culture and educational infrastructure programs at SU and LSU. The transformational research and education activities envisioned in this Phase II CREST Center project involves promoting advancements in multifunctional smart composites and related technology development, nanocomposites, novel microstructure design, and multiscale porous polymer composites, including materials synthesis and characterization, computational modeling and simulation, and additive manufacturing and applications. This CREST Center is titled, ‘NextGen Multifunctional Composites Phase II’, or Phase II for short. The mission of the Phase II Center is to develop synergistic and pioneering research based on multiscale and multifunctional composite materials and computation models that will also provide excellent educational and research training opportunities to traditionally underrepresented minority (URM) students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The Center rationale is to become a nationally recognized entity that synergistically promotes integration of research and education through collaborations. The Center has the following overarching goals: 1) To develop into a self-sustaining and nationally recognized engineering and science resource Center for Next Generation Composites, 2) To strengthen the quality and national competitiveness of diversified faculty and student bodies at SU and LSU in STEM fields, 3) To provide education and research integration and exposure to students from K-16 to doctoral level, and to the general public, including persons with disabilities. The State of Louisiana has identified advanced materials, manufacturing, and computational science as core enabling sciences and technologies. As the flagship institution of the nation’s largest public HBCU system, SU has responded to the State?s call by restructuring academic programs and research priorities into the NextGen Composite Phase II Center initiative.
Funder Acknowledgement(s): We would like to acknowledge the National Science Foundation (NSF), Project# 1736136.
Faculty Advisor: None Listed,
NSF Affiliation: CREST