About the Center

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) program provides industry, government, and other organizations the means to leverage research and development (R&D) investments with centers renowned for their innovative research capabilities.

The NSF I/UCRC Smart Vehicle Concepts Center successfully launched in July 2007.  Phase II status was formally granted beginning July 1, 2012 and going to June 30, 2017. Support comes through a grant by the National Science Foundation and through industry sponsorship. 

Current projects include the development of smart materials and devices for vehicle use.  This pre-competitive technology is shared among contributing members.

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Our Mission

1. Conduct basic and applied research in advanced smart materials or devices for application to vehicle sub-systems and components

  • Focus on active material based composites, magnetostrictive materials, ferromagnetic shape memory alloys, new elastomeric elements, and magnetorheological (MR) fluid based devices
  • Achieve force and motion control performance goals including superior dynamic behavior

2. Build an unmatched base of research, engineering education, and technology transfer

  • Improved automotive performance
  • Unprecedented safety improvements
  • Enhanced vehicle efficiency

3.  Develop a generation of well-trained engineers with an experimental viewpoint to complement theoretical understanding

  • Provide highly qualified researchers at the MS and PhD levels
  • Advanced industrial education (short courses, web based tutorials and conceptual demonstrations)


More details can be found on the National Science Foundation I/UCRC web site.