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Defense funding sponsors Nebraska Engineering projects
In late 2007, President George W. Bush signed a
defense spending bill that included $31.3 million
for Nebraska-related projects. University of
Nebraska engineering programs are involved in several
of the projects:
- Bioceramic Bones for Battlefield Trauma ($1.6
million) - The university will use this funding to
continue research and development of a material that
can be used to construct bioceramic "bones" to treat
orthopedic casualties suffered by U.S. soldiers. In
addition to military uses, bioceramic bone has broad
benefit to the greater public, who may experience severe
bone damage due to osteoporosis or bone tumors.
- High Energy Laser for Detection, Inspection and
Non-destructive Testing ($5 million) - This funding
will help develop and improve the performance of highenergy
lasers and their ability to inspect the internal
condition of jets and military hardware and detect
cracks and defects.
- Protection Against Improvised Explosive Devices
($4 million) - This funding will support research
on new, advanced materials for use in producing
lightweight vehicles and body armor that will be highly
resistant to improvised explosive device (IED) blasts.
Enhancing the safety of troops and vehicles is vital since
IED blasts are the leading cause of injuries and deaths
among American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.