Volume XII / 2023
The University of Texas at Arlington | College of Engineering
Luca Maddalena, Ashfaq Adnan, Paul Davidson and Vijay Gopal

Award Achievement

Ashfaq Adnan, Paul Davidson, Vijay Gopal, and Luca Maddalena from the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department earned Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) grants totaling nearly $3 million from the Office of Naval Research and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

They will use the funding to examine battlefield brain injuries, develop customized instrumentation to replicate microscale manufacturing conditions, and increase the power supply to UTA's arc-jet-heated hypersonic wind tunnel, which is used in research on counter-hypersonic laser technology. DURIP grants are intended to improve the capabilities of U.S. institutions of higher education to conduct research and to educate scientists and engineers by providing funds for the acquisition of equipment or instrumentation.

"For a university to earn three DURIP awards in the same cycle is noteworthy, but to have three awards in the same department is exceptional," says Erian Armanios, chair of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. "These grants are integral to our ability to innovate while maintaining our leadership on research in the field."