AUSTIN - The National Science Foundation announced it will award $18.5 million to the University of Texas for a new engineering research center.
The center will operate out of room at the Microelectronics and Engineering Research Building at UT's J.J. Pickle Research Campus in North Austin.
The grant will be used to parlay advances in nanoscience into innovations as implantable medical devices and flexible laptop computers that would not be damaged if dropped. The goal is to spin off startup companies that will create jobs, fuel economic growth and build Austin's reputation as a high-tech node.
The federal funding will also add four people to its engineering faculty, 20 students to its graduate engineering program, and create opportunities for undergraduate research.
Read more at the Austin American-Statesman.
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