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Nov. 22, 2006

Engineer Receives Federal Grant For Nano-device System Design, Analysis

A University of Iowa researcher is developing computer software that may result in more stable and reliable nano-device systems and components for use in a variety of items ranging from vehicles to clothing.

Shaoping Xiao, assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering and researcher in the Center for Computer Aided Design in the UI College of Engineering, is collaborating on a one-year, $100,000 contract from the U.S. Army Research Office to develop a computer aided design (CAD) software tool for multiscale design and analysis.

The project involves using multiscale method software developed by Prof. Xiao in coordination with a CAD software tool provided by NextGen Aeronautics Inc. of Torrance, Calif., Xiao's collaborator on the project.

Xiao, who plans to attract additional research funding, says that the goal of the project is to develop an efficient multiscale method for use in designing and analyzing military systems that will exhibit stability and reliability under thermal and shock loading.

Xiao, who received his doctorate in mechanical engineering from Northwestern University in 2002 and joined the College of Engineering faculty in 2003, has research interests that include multiscale modeling and simulation, nanocomposite materials and shock wave propagation.

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