Virginia Tech has received a 2023 Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) grant to purchase cutting-edge 3D metal printing technology to boost education and research in advanced manufacturing and new materials development.
The U.S. Department of Defense award will fund up to $800,000 for the purchase of a computerized additive friction stir deposition (AFSD) machine that will be housed in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and be made available to interested researchers from across the university — and beyond.
“We are grateful to the Department of Defense for this award, which will enable Virginia Tech to be at the forefront of advanced manufacturing science and technology,” said Suneel Kodambaka, materials science and engineering department head. “This new system will significantly boost our ability to conduct unprecedented research and meet the needs of interested industrial partners. This award is proof that our academic and research focus in these areas will not only prepare our students for the careers of the future, but will help spur American innovation in space travel, national defense, health care, and industry.”
Virginia Tech was one of 77 universities to receive a total of $59 million for the purchase of critical research equipment funded this cycle through the federal program.
“DURIP awards provide essential research infrastructure to enable the pursuit of new knowledge,” said Bindu Nair, director of the Basic Research Office in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. “They help maintain the cutting-edge capabilities of our institutes of higher education. These awards will sustain the scientific excellence of our universities, train the next generation STEM workforce, and facilitate scientific advances that will build a resilient defense ecosystem.”