SRC works to expand the Education Alliance to leverage past successes and broaden its impact, increasing the ability to attract and support a wide diversity of students at various levels of education.
SRC begins to actively engage in the application of the Topical Research Collaborations (TRC) model by establishing two distinct research efforts: one centered around Sandia National Laboratory focusing on nano-engineering, and the second focused on energy research.
Two new university-based research centers are launched: GRC’s Texas Analog Center of Excellence (TxACE), headquartered at the University of Texas at Dallas, and NRI’s Midwest Institute for Nanoelectronics Discovery (MIND), headquartered at Notre Dame, a partnership between SRC, NIST, the state of Indiana and the City of South Bend — the first time a city has contributed to an SRC program.
TECHCON 2008 marks the tenth anniversary of the conference and proves to be one of the most successful events to date, with 144 student-presented technical papers and posters representing a broad cross-section of SRC-funded research. Total attendance reached 346, including 138 industry participants, 18 faculty, 158 students and 30 others (staff, etc.).
Over 1,500 students participate in SRC research across GRC, FCRP and NRI, with 204 completing Master’s or Ph.D. degrees.