Role of UMN in the Partnership:
A) Given the excellent match in research objectives, UMN primary interaction will consist of technical input, guidance, materials characterization, and physical access to state-of-the-art shared facilities.
- Eight faculty from UMN will participate representing three (out of four) IRG and a Seed project.
- UMN faculty will serve in UTPA MS thesis committees.
- UMN faculty will visit UTPA to present seminars and discuss research with students and faculty (ca. 4 visits per year)
- UMN will webcast seminars presented by top scientist to UTPA (ca. 10 per year)
- One UTPA faculty will participate in the annual UMN summer ten-week faculty/student program.
B) To provide students with summer research opportunities at UMN
- UTPA UG students will participate as REUs at UMN (ca. 3 per year)
- Graduate students will also travel to UMN either through the faculty-student student program or short stays for materials characterization and testing.
C) A joint annual symposium will be developed and sites will alternate every year. Students will participate through poster and oral presentations.
D) UMN will invite UTPA faculty to their large industrial Consortium (more than 35 companies) called IPRIME.
- UTPA faculty will be invited to the Annual Meeting (last week of May each year).
- Summer internships for UTPA students at IPRIME member companies will be pursued.
E) UMN will also sponsor one teacher/year of UTPA's district through their NSF-funded RET program. The PREM's resulting center of excellence will be a "regional" resource and supporting U.S. emerging technologies though coherent program collaborative multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research, education of minority UG and MS students, human resources development, and knowledge transfer. The proposed center pools the available talent and expertise from various disciplines in engineering and natural sciences to form a coherent research and education center to achieve NSF's mission and strategic goals.