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Strategic Partners

UConn Tech Park strategic partners support IPB’s research centers in fields of expertise ranging from cybersecurity to materials testing to clean energy. For more information on these strategic partnerships or to discuss collaborative opportunities, contact one of our research center directors listed below.

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Thermo Fisher Scientific Center for Advanced Microscopy and Materials Analysis

Est. November 2014

Thermo Fisher Scientific Center for Advanced Microscopy and Materials Analysis (CAMMA) is one of the world’s foremost facilities for electron microscopy. Its nine microscopy instruments include the Titan Themis for sub-angstrom analysis of materials and the Talos TEM for simultaneous quantitative energy dispersive spectroscopy and analysis of the chemical composition of materials. CAMMA equipment will be available for collaborative research with industry partners, including applications for clean energy materials and the testing of additively-manufactured components such as those found in medical devices and polymeric materials for biomedical applications.

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Investment

$25,000,000

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Pratt & Whitney Additive Manufacturing Center

Est. April 2013

The Pratt & Whitney Additive Manufacturing Center (PW AMC) is a premier facility for metal additive manufacturing. The range of equipment available includes electron beam melting and laser sintering technologies and a suite of thermophysical measurement instruments. PW AMC is focused on the underlying physics of additive manufacturing with emphasis on rapid solidification, powder spreading, and metal-atmosphere interactions. Experiments as well as ab-initio calculations are used to develop new insight into the additive manufacturing process. PW AMC has also addressed control theory with the goal of improving current machine technologies and supports the generation of data for manufacturing simulations.

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Investment

$7,500,000

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UTC Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering

Est. October 2013

The UTC Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering (UTC-IASE) produces, disseminates, and commercializes new science and technology in the field of cyber-physical systems engineering through transformative research, education, and workforce development. The Institute serves as a hub for world-class research, project-based learning by globally-distributed teams of students, and industrial outreach activities focused on model-based systems engineering (MBSE) of complex systems that are built from and are dependent on the synergy of computational and physical components. Research applications are broad, and include, eg, smart buildings and cities, aerospace systems, manufacturing and energy industries, robotics and cybersecurity.

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Investment

$10,000,000

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Collins Aerospace Center for Advanced Materials

Est. April 2016

Collins Aerospace (previously UTC Aerospace Systems) Center for Advanced Materials offers educational funding to graduate and undergraduate students as well as post-doctoral fellows. It provides an opportunity for firsthand interactions with an industrial partner whose focus is on advanced aerospace and defense products. The center has three main research thrusts: (1) design and development of custom aerospace alloys that lend themselves to additive manufacturing using computational and experimental tools, (2) processing of high temperature ceramic composites for extreme environments and (3) quasicrystal-strengthened alloys for structural applications.

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Investment

$1,000,000

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Eversource Energy Center

Est. October 2015

The Eversource Energy Center leads the utility industry in innovating and developing new technologies and science-based solutions to ensure the delivery of reliable power and enhanced risk management associated with cyber and physical infrastructure security. Through research and teaching, the Center is advancing the next generation of storm outage forecasting, best practices for healthy and storm-resistant forest design, and new technologies to proactively pinpoint electric grid operational efficiencies and storm resiliency improvements.

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Fraunhofer USA Center for Energy Innovation CEI

Est. July 2013

Fraunhofer USA Center for Energy Innovation CEI is dedicated to applied research in membrane technology. The CEI is part of Fraunhofer USA, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization that aims to close the innovation gap from the lab to the market and develop and validate technologies for industrial innovation in the United States. The CEI’s focus on membrane technology allows it to provide R&D services across numerous industrial sectors.

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Reverse Engineering Fabrication Inspection & Non-Destructive Evaluation

Est. 2017

Reverse Engineering Fabrication Inspection & Non-Destructive Evaluation (REFINE) lab houses state-of-the-art light, X-ray, electron and ion microscopes. The lab focuses on “correlative microscopy” where information from multiple imaging modalities can be integrated in order to reach a much deeper understanding of imaged samples. REFINE lab's instruments can “talk” to each other, enabling researchers to gain a multi-dimensional, multi-resolution and multi-scale perspective about the studied sample. REFINE is working closely with industries in areas of electronics and hardware security, biomedical devices, batteries and energy storage, aerospace, advanced coatings and additive manufacturing.

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GE Advanced Technology Initiative

GE Advanced Technology Initiative supports research to develop advanced materials and sophisticated arc-physics simulations that will enable the next generation of industrial circuit breakers and electrical distribution equipment. The investment from GE Industrial Solutions makes possible multidisciplinary collaborations between academic and industry researchers through three initiatives: funding for research in materials, manufacturing, and advanced circuit breaker technologies; grants for graduate and undergraduate student fellows through the GE Fellowship for Innovation program; and an endowment for a GE professorship in the School of Engineering.

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Connecticut Cybersecurity Center

Connecticut Cybersecurity Center (C3) and its member centers, Comcast Center for Security Innovation (CSI), Center for Hardware and Embedded Systems Security and Trust (CHEST), Synchrony Center of Excellence in Cybersecurity and Voter carry out research in cybersecurity and cryptography. Their mission is to expand theoretical models and the boundary of cybersecurity technology to enable organizations to protect and safe keep the digital assets under their purview as well as enable safe, private, reliable and trustworthy computing in adversarial settings.


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Center for Hardware and Embedded Systems Security and Trust (CHEST) is an industry-supported consortium tackling research issues in hardware security.
 
Est. 2017
DIRECTOR: John Chandy, Ph.D.
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Comcast Center for Security Innovation (CSI) focuses on networking products deployed in businesses and homes.
 
Est. April 2014
Investment: $6,000,000
CO-DIRECTORS: John Chandy, Ph.D., Laurent Michel, Ph.D.
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Synchrony Center of Excellence in Cybersecurity addresses threats to financial organizations.
 
Est. October 2016
Investment $2,200,000
DIRECTOR: Laurent Michel, Ph.D.

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Enterprise Solution Center

is an innovation hub that connects small and medium manufacturing enterprises (SMMEs) to science and engineering resources at UConn and to major original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).


Proof of Concept Center (POCC) offers state-of-the-art prototyping and fabrication equipment that facilitate new product development for a wide range of industries.

Est. March 2016
Investment: $500,000
DIRECTOR: Joe Luciani



Quiet Corner Innovation Cluster (QCIC) partners with SMMEs to promote business growth through innovation, enhanced R&D, and updated business capabilities.

Est. March 2016
Investment: $1,500,000
DIRECTOR: Joe Luciani


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Connecticut Manufacturing Simulation Center (CMSC) provides SMMEs with affordable technical assistance for computer-based design, finite element modeling and simulation, testing, and validation, with capabilities in modeling a variety of manufacturing processes, including machining, forming, forging, and casting.

Est. October 2016
Investment: $2,100,000
DIRECTOR: Jeongho Kim


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