A collaborative effort between the
MDI will strongly emphasize the use of advanced computational tools, in conjunction with bench science, to hasten the time it takes to discover and commercialize new materials, as well as reduce the cost to develop them. MDI will also train future generations of materials scientists and engineers to be more efficient in developing new materials solutions to real world problems.
These goals match those of the
MDI evolved from the UB 2020 strategic plan to position UB as a leading public university by investing in and focusing its research strengths on solving important societal problems related to the themes of humanity, justice, environment, innovation and health.
"At the heart of UB 2020 is our desire to provide unique educational and engagement opportunities and pursue impactful scholarship that responds to the problems and needs of our local and global communities. We recognize that responding to these issues involves collaborative research and education across disciplinary lines, which can lead to the emergence of new disciplines like MDI," said UB Provost Charles F. Zukoski.
"By bringing together the
MDI received a significant boost from
UB is conducting an international search for a world-class scholar and researcher to fill the chair and lead the department.
MDI will build upon UB's existing faculty expertise in computer science, physics, chemistry, mechanical engineering, environmental engineering, electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, and chemical and biological engineering. Plans call to establish masters and PhD degree programs initially, with an undergraduate program to be added later, as well as hiring 12 tenure-track faculty members.
"New and improved materials, with increased functionality, lower costs, lighter weights and lowered environmental impacts, play a critical role in advanced manufacturing and biotechnology," said
"MDI will bring together a unique combination of skills, from data science and from material synthesis and characterization, to develop 'designer materials' - the deliberate creation of materials with specific properties," said
MDI researchers will focus on:
* Reducing the cost of materials critical for manufacturing efficiency
* Developing multifunctional materials for advanced technologies with broad applications
* Techniques to minimize waste and environmental impact
* Achieving nanoscale control over macroscopic areas for advanced electronics, wearable devices and lightweight transportation
* Designer materials needed to solve new problems
They will work closely with several initiatives at UB, including: the
MDI's research portfolio will support: the SUNY Materials and Advanced Manufacturing Network of Excellence; and the goals of the
The UB department will receive financial support from
UB will form an external advisory board, which will include academic and corporate members, to provide the department with an outlook of future opportunities and challenges from both university and corporate perspectives.
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