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News Release 17-086

Four new NSF Engineering Research Centers will advance US health, energy sustainability

NSF awards nearly $80 million for centers focused on living cell-based therapies, personalized heart tissue, point-of-care health systems and fuel derived from shale gas

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For over 30 years, NSF Engineering Research Centers have promoted innovation, helped to maintain America's competitive edge, and added billions of dollars to the U.S. economy. They bring together talented innovators and entrepreneurs with resources from academia, industry and government to produce engineers and engineering systems that solve real-world problems. Now, NSF has invested nearly $80 million in four new ERCs to strengthen U.S. competitiveness for the next generation and continue the NSF legacy of improving the quality of life for all Americans.

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Purdue chemical engineering undergraduate student Zige Huang, at left, and graduate student Michael Cordon perform research related to work that will be supported by a new NSF engineering research center called CISTAR, Center for Innovative and Strategic Transformation of Alkane Resources.

Credit: John Underwood, Purdue University


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Researchers work in the cell manufacturing laboratory of Krishnendu Roy at Georgia Tech. Shown, left to right, are NSF Graduate Research Fellow Joscelyn Mejias, Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program student Angela Jimenez, (background) postdoctoral fellow Randall Toy, Georgia Tech Research Institute TAG-Ed High School Intern Gita Balakirsky, and project ENGAGES high school intern Ayanna Prather.

Credit: Rob Felt, Georgia Tech


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The NSF Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Cellular Metamaterials (CELL-MET) aims to transform cardiovascular care by synthesizing breakthroughs in nanotechnology and manufacturing with tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. These breakthroughs could revolutionize our ability to grow large, multi-functional sections of heart and other human tissues. The CELL-MET ERC will be led by Boston University in partnership with the University of Michigan and Florida International University.

Credit: NSF Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Cellular Metamaterials (CELL-MET)


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