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Continuing with our mission! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcelo Suarez   
Monday, 31 March 2014 12:42

We are pleased to announce that National Science Foundation (NSF) will support Phase II of our UPRM CREST: Nanotechnology Center for Biomedical, Environmental and Sustainability Applications.The grant award was made for $5,000,000/5 years.

The Center executive committee members are professors O. Marcelo Suárez (PI, General Engineering), Arturo J. Hernández-Maldonado (Co-PI, Chemical Engineering), Madeline Torres-Lugo (CoPI, Chemical Engineering), Agnes Padovani (CoPI, General Engineering) y Oscar Perales-Pérez (CoPI, General Engineering). More than 20 faculty members of the UPRM, most of them from College of Engineering, will be spearheading the Center’s research and education activities. Upon completion of Phase I of the Center, which is scheduled to end in August 2014 after a total budget of $5,200,000, Phase 2 represents the largest active NSF grant ever awarded to UPRM.

Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 16:14
 
Official NSF Site Visit to the UPRM Nanotechnology Center PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcelo Suarez   
Friday, 26 November 2010 23:32

Dr. Demetrios Kazakos, Program Manager of the CREST Program (Human Resource Development Division of NSF Directorate of Education and Human Resources), completed an official site visit to our Nanotechnology Center on Wednesday November 24, 2010. Prior to his visit to campus, Dr. Kazakos met with UPRM Chancellor, Dr. Miguel A. Muñoz, and UPRM-CREST Director, Dr. Marcelo Suarez, to discuss the administration role in sustaining the Center’s success and the existing opportunities for the Center and UPRM within the Foundation.


During the site visit all five groups of the Center presented their progress, accomplishments and future plans. The presentations were led by the Interdisciplinary Education Group (IEG) who discussed the vast outreach and educational activities carried out. The technical presentations were organized in two sets: The morning was dedicated to the Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs) dedicated to energy applications and systems, i.e. IRGs 3 & 4, while in the afternoon the IRGs dedicated to biomedical applications, i.e. IRGs 1 & 2, discussed their activities.


Dr. Kazakos wrapped up the presentations with a summary of his assessment of the status of the Center and recommendations about available funding within the Foundation and other external sources. He highlighted the tremendous growth experienced by the Center in the second year and the quality of the research conducted. A special recognition was given to the IEG’s work: “None of the other CRESTs has such an impressive outreach program.”


After a brief visit to a nearby laboratory, Dr. Kazakos met with CREST students.

CREST students and Dr. Demetrios Kazakos

Last Updated on Friday, 26 November 2010 23:49
 


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