ASU Receives $600,000 Department of Defense Grant

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Release Date: Oct 30, 2018

A new grant grant will provide scholarships for several ROTC students.

Alabama State University has recently received a three-year $600,000 grant award from the Department of Defense (DOD) to support research on “Lightweight Multifunctional Advanced Materials”. The goal of the research is to develop fundamental materials science and technology for next generation Air Force systems and advanced aircraft such as the F-35.  Such systems require materials that are lightweight, durable and multifunctional.  

Dr. Derrick Dean, professor of biomedical engineering and director of the Integrated Bioengineering and Advanced Materials Center, serves as the principal investigator; and Elijah Nyairo, instructor of chemistry, will serve as co-principal investigator.

Dean said the project will greatly assist the U.S. Air Force in accomplishing its strategic research, educational and manpower development goals.

“The grant will help develop the research capacity and infrastructure of ASU in an area of strategic value and importance to the Air Force and significantly leverage ASU’s facilities to produce innovative, multifunctional and multiscale materials,” Dean said. “It also will train and develop students prepared to become DOD scientists.”

The project will provide scholarships for up to four ROTC students, who will be exposed to cutting-edge research and provide a pipeline of scientists and engineers prepared to immediately contribute to helping the Air Force and DOD fulfill its mission. 

For more information, contact Dr. Derrick Dean at 334-229-4674 or