A team of mathematicians and physicists from Colorado State University, Caltech and the University of California at San Diego have been awarded a prestigious $1.1 million, three-year Focused Research Group grant from the National Science Foundation. The goal of the project is to develop mathematical methods for estimating and controlling the error in computed gravity waves detected in space.
Sierra Nevada Space Systems (SNC) has announced completion of two significant milestones as part of the Commercial Crew Development Round 2 (CCDev2) Program. SNC is building the Dream Chaser, a Space Shuttle-like human spacecraft for NASA to provide astronaut transport to the International Space Station (ISS). Under the CCDev2 program, SNC will conduct multiple spacecraft hardware milestones and other development activities over the next year, culminating in a system-level Preliminary Design Review (PDR) and preparation for atmospheric flight test of the Dream Chaser. As the only company under contract to NASA for development of a Shuttle-like spacecraft, SNC is positioned to quickly restore US capability to transport humans to the ISS after the Space Shuttle retires and to support other human spaceflight markets in low Earth orbit.
A novel University of Colorado Boulder technique to shrink the size of circuitry used in nanotechnology devices like computer chips and solar cells by zapping a substrate with two separate colors of light beams has been optioned to Heidelberg Instruments headquartered in Heidelberg, Germany.The CU technology was developed by Associate Professor Robert McLeod of the electrical, computer and energy engineering department, Visiting Assistant Professor Tim Scott of the chemical and biological engineering department and Professor Christopher Bowman of the chemical and biological engineering department. The three researchers, along with graduate students Benjamin Kowalski and Amy Sullivan (Sullivan is now a faculty member at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Ga.) first published the details of the new technology in a 2009 issue of Science magazine.Licensed to Heidelberg Instruments by the University of Colorado Technology Transfer Office, the patent pending method involves using a tightly focused beam of blue light to etch lines and dots thousands of times smaller than the width of a human hair into lithography patterns on a substrate such as silicon, said McLeod. A second beam of light, this one ultraviolet, is then used to "erase" the edges of the pattern, resulting in much smaller structures, he said."The University of Colorado is one of the leading R&D centers making major inroads in nanoscale technology development," said Alexander Forozan, head of global business development at Heidelberg Instruments. "We are thrilled to work with CU's outstanding staff and look forward to a continuing and long-lasting relationship."Said Ted Weverka, a licensing manager at the CU Technology Transfer Office, "We are excited to have Heidelberg as a partner for this technology. Heidelberg's technical know-how and market savvy ensure a strong future for this invention."To develop the technique, McLeod and his colleagues used a tabletop laser to project tightly focused beams of visible blue light onto liquid molecules known as monomers. A chemical reaction initiated a bonding of the monomers into a plastic-like polymer solid. Focusing the blue beam in one place inscribed a small, solid dot. If the beam moved the focus across the material, it created a thin thread, or line.The CU researchers then added a second ultraviolet laser focused into a halo, or donut, which surrounded the blue light. The special monomer formulation was designed to be inhibited by the UV light, shutting down its transformation from a liquid to a solid, he said. This "halo of inhibition" prevented the edges of the spot or line from developing, resulting in a much finer final structure.McLeod said the new technology has the potential to lead to the construction of a variety of nanotechnology devices, including electronic circuits and nanomechanical devices. "This is a new set of new tools that provide a new way to do nanotechnology," McLeod said.The method offers the potential to shrink transistor circuitry, a process that drives the global electronic market that is continually pursuing smaller, more powerful microchips, said McLeod, whose research on the project was funded by the National Science Foundation and through the University of Colorado Innovative Seed Program. In 2010, McLeod received an NSF CAREER award for his achievements, one of the most prestigious honors directed toward young faculty.The CU Technology Transfer Office pursues, protects, packages and licenses the intellectual property generated from research at CU to businesses. The office provides assistance to faculty, staff and students as well as businesses interested in licensing or investing in CU technology.Founded in 1984 and which now operates in more than 30 countries, Heidelberg Instruments is one of the world's leading companies in high-precision lithography systems.For more information about technology transfer at CU visit http://www.cu.edu/techtransfer.
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Woodward, Inc. (NASDAQ: WWD) announced on June 23, 2011 that the company secured new contracts to provide key products for the Bombardier* CSeries* aircraft. These awards include the fly-by-wire LRU (Line Replaceable Unit) Rudder Pedal Assemblies, Cargo Compartment Door and APU (Auxiliary Power Unit) door actuation systems, including integral electronic control units.
Samples of icy spray shooting from Saturn's moon Enceladus collected during Cassini spacecraft flybys show the strongest evidence yet for the existence of a large-scale, subterranean saltwater ocean, says a new international study led by the University of Heidelberg and involving the University of Colorado Boulder.
Gov. John Hickenlooper announced June 21, 2011, that Ken Lund, the Chief Legal Counsel in the Governor's Office, will become Executive Director of the Office of Economic Development and International Trade on Aug. 1. He will replace Dwayne Romero, who will return full time to the private sector as president of the real estate company Related Colorado.
Governor John Hickenlooper joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Chamber Foundation (NCF) June 20, 2011, for a bipartisan summit of governors, state chamber executives, and leading business people to discuss policies-including those in Colorado-that make states attractive for businesses to locate, relocate, and expand in this uncertain economy. The leaders also discussed the unintended consequences of specific state budget cuts and the investments the public and private sectors can make now to improve the economy in the future.
The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce released the third annual edition of its Colorado General Assembly legislative scorecard June 20, 2011.
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