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University of Washington

The University of Washington is one of the nation’s premier teaching and research institutions. The main campus is in Seattle, Washington, with branch campuses in Bothell and Tacoma. Total student enrollment is approximately 35,000 statewide. Since 1974, the UW has been the number one public university in America in receiving federal support for research and training. The university consists of 17 major schools and colleges, and among these is the College of Engineering. The College of Engineering consists of 10 degree-granting departments representing all major engineering disciplines. The college has approximately 190 full-time tenure-track faculty members and confers approximately 700 B.S., 250 M.S., and 80 Ph.D. degrees in engineering during a typical academic year.

In the early 1980s, the UW began to offer courses devoted to structural composites. Today, 10 courses devoted to composites and related technologies are available. Faculty members from the departments of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Chemical Engineering, Material Science and Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering teach these courses. For about 10 years, the distance-learning UW EDGE Program also has offered several of these courses.

Programs of study devoted to nanotechnology have also been developed in recent years. The Center for Nanotechnology was established at the University of Washington in 1997. More than 60 UW faculty members, drawn from the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Pharmacy and the School of Medicine are members of this center. In fact, the existing UW Center for Nanotechnology represents one of the world’s largest concentrations of engineers and scientists studying the properties of materials, surfaces, and interfaces at the nanoscale. Naturally, the faculty members of these schools and colleges have developed many new courses devoted to nanotechnologies. The University of Washington is currently the only institution in the United States that offers a doctorate in nanotechnology. Further details of the UW Center for Nanotechnology are at Several faculty members of AMTAS are affiliated with the UW Center for Nanotechnology. Hence, AMTAS will greatly benefit from the expertise, infrastructure, and capital equipment available on the UW campus.




Washington State University

The main WSU campus is in Pullman, Washington. In addition, three WSU branch campuses are in Spokane, Richland, and Vancouver, Washington. Established as a state agricultural college in 1892, WSU now has a student population of about 22,500 statewide and provides undergraduate and graduate education in approximately 260 fields of study. The university is composed of nine colleges, and among these is the College of Engineering and Architecture. This college confers degrees in all major engineering disciplines.

There are approximately 40 research centers, laboratories, and institutions devoted to an array of topics at WSU ( These include, for example, centers devoted to agricultural science, veterinary medicine, social and economic sciences, and advanced materials. The Center for Materials Research ( is likely to be of particular benefit to AMTAS.



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Oregon State University

The main OSU campus is in Corvallis, Oregon. In addition, the OSU-Cascades branch campus is near Bend, Oregon. OSU was established as a land grant college in 1868. Today OSU has a student population of about 18,000 statewide. The university is composed of 11 colleges plus a graduate school, an honors college, and a research office that helps administer the many research centers and institutions operating on the OSU campus (

The OSU College of Engineering consists of seven engineering departments (Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics) and several academic programs. All engineering departments offer undergraduate and graduate degrees. Additional information about OSU in general can be found at the main university website at Detailed information on the OSU College of Engineering can be found at

Twelve research centers and institutions are part of the OSU College of Engineering ( These include, for example, centers devoted to microtechnology-based energy and chemical systems, water and environmental sustainability, and environmental remote-sensing applications. The Center for Advanced Materials Research (, established on the OSU campus in 1986, is likely to be of particular benefit to AMTAS.



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Edmonds Community College

The EdCC campus is in Lynnwood, Washington. EdCC is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges and is governed by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. Washington State residents pursuing a 4-year baccalaureate degree often start their college careers by attending a community college for two years prior to entering a regional university such as the University of Washington or Washington State University. An example of this is the 2-year transfer program in pre-engineering, tailored specifically for students intending to complete their 4-year baccalaureate degree at a higher level college, or university. Details of this program can be found at

Partnerships with universities such as the University of Washington, Washington State University, and Central Washington University complement Edmonds Community College ’s 2-year degrees as well as give EdCC the opportunity to offer a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Edmonds Community College brings to AMTAS its experience in offering students a 2-year associates degree in Material Science Technology. Edmonds CC is also currently developing training, by means of short courses, primarily for technicians currently working in industry. Edmonds CC is positioned to offer to both current workforce and future workforce, the training necessary to promote the skills required to work in an industry whose direction is changing towards composites and advanced materials.




Florida International University

Florida International University (FIU) is the Florida State University System (SUS) institution serving the Miami-Dade and South Florida area. More than 38,000 students are enrolled at the University, in a comprehensive group of programs at the undergraduate through PhD levels. The University has strong engineering, business, hospitality management, education, nursing, and arts and science colleges, and newly founded architecture, law, medical schools. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. Sponsored research funding (grants and contracts) from external sources for the year 2005–2006 totaled over $92 million. The University is ranked as a Research University in the High Research Activity category of the Carnegie Foundation’s prestigious classification system. FIU is the youngest institution to host a chapter of the Honors Society—Phi Beta Kappa—and is recognized as a Hispanic Serving Institution.

Since 1994, Florida International University’s Applied Research Center (ARC), the lead entity for the affiliation with AMTAS, has been an active research and development group working on “needs-based” investigations, and in developing and evaluating technologies for various government and private agencies. The Center currently employs close to 50 engineers and scientists, almost all of whom possess advanced degrees in their respective fields of practice. Our technical staff; from technicians to senior scientists, support a broad range of technical requirements in basic and applied research, exploratory development, simulation and modeling, data acquisition/analysis, test and evaluation, design and fabrication, and systems integration. ARC, along with the collaborating faculty of the college of engineering and its affiliated research centers, has worked on aerospace applications from computational fluid dynamics, computational structural mechanics, advanced materials, nanotechnology, and composite materials, to UAV research as well as environmental aspects of aviation operations.




University of Utah

The University of Utah, located in Salt Lake City, has a total enrollment of approximately 29,000 students in 15 colleges. The “U” is ranked among the top 35 public research universities in the nation, with particular distinction in medicine, genetics and engineering. The U’s College of Engineering ( was among the first engineering programs west of the Mississippi River and was originally dedicated to enhancing Utah’s mining industry. Today, the College of Engineering has an enrollment of over 2,200 undergraduates and 800 graduate students within seven academic departments (Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and School of Computing).

Within the Mechanical Engineering Department (, the Composite Mechanics Laboratory is the lead entity for affiliation with AMTAS. The laboratory focuses on multidisciplinary research approaches utilizing both experimental and computational methods. Currently, the Composite Mechanics Laboratory performs research in a number of topic areas related to composite materials, including test method development, damage tolerance, crashworthiness, mechanics of sandwich composites, and composite multifunctionality.


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