Louisiana Tech awarded $1.3 million DoD grant

May 14, 2024 | Engineering and Science, Research

Louisiana Tech University, its College of Engineering and Science (COES), and its Institute for Micromanufacturing (IfM) are set to enhance the resilience and efficiency of defense technology through a two-year, $1.3 million US Department of Defense (DoD) grant. The funding, awarded by the Air Force Office of Sponsored Research, will be used for R&D on new coating materials for military electronics used in communications, computing, and power systems.

Electronic systems critical to today’s defense operations must endure harsh environments–such as high temperatures and corrosive elements–that typically degrade standard components.

Dr. Bala “Ramu” Ramachandran, project principal investigator, associate vice president of research, and dean of Louisiana Tech’s graduate school; Dr. Arden Moore, director of the Institute for Micromanufacturing; and Dr. Collin Wick, dean of the College of Engineering and Science, are leading efforts to develop more durable protective coatings to extend device longevity in such extreme environments.

The research will be conducted at the Institute for Micromanufacturing, a nationally recognized research center with a history of leading the development of innovative solutions for government and commercial partners. The grant will fund additional capabilities to IfM’s cleanroom facilities, and build capacity in the area of microelectronics packaging in collaboration with an industrial partner.

“Our efforts here will not only protect vital defense technologies but also forge a path toward groundbreaking enhancement across various sectors,” Ramachandran said.

Wick also expressed his enthusiasm about the project.

“This grant will help us push the boundaries of microelectronics, support the US military, and will open opportunities for both of these to Louisiana Tech students” he said.

“With the success of this grant, we will be able to redefine how we develop and integrate microelectronic materials, ensuring they can withstand the rigorous demands of defense missions worldwide,” Moore added. “These improvements will substantially extend the operational life of essential military electronics.”

Louisiana Tech’s commitment to this project underscores its role as a pivotal contributor to national security advancements and as a leader in material science innovation.

Explore how innovations at the IfM are driving the future of technology and visit the center’s website to discover its latest research developments.


About Louisiana Tech University and the Institute for Micromanufacturing:

Louisiana Tech is classified as a Carnegie Research Institution with High Activity (R2) and is renowned for providing a unique, experiential engineering and science education that prepares students for success in a rapidly changing workforce. The Institute for Micromanufacturing is a cutting-edge research facility dedicated to advancing micro and nanotechnologies, playing a pivotal role in the university’s efforts to innovate and improve microelectronics materials and devices.