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.
Learn more about the Center:
- December 2014 SVC Newsletter (NEW - 12 December 2014)
- SVC Project Quad Charts
- State of the Center as of February 2015
- An Overview of Center Mission, Membership, Research Expertise and More
- National Science Foundation - Fact Sheet on the SVC
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.