Interim Dean Rajan Batta
Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence (SPIR)
SPIR Report – 2010 – 2011
SPIR, a State University of New York (SUNY) grant program, fills a gap in state industrial assistance programs through technically advanced, multidisciplinary assistance delivered on a fast turnaround basis to New York State companies. Companies receiving SPIR funds – which typically average about one-third of the overall project cost – have access to more than 50 UB faculty engineers and applied scientists from the seven schools of engineering.
A concept for solar cells for space-based electrical power under investigation by a UB EE researcher involves 5-10 micron thick microcrystalline Si films on flexible substrates topped with nanowires (shown here) that provide high optical absorption.
Center for Unified Biometrics (CUBS)
CUBS is focused on advancing the fundamental science of biometrics and providing key enabling technologies to build engineered systems. UB researchers are taking a unified view of biometric technologies by integrating software algorithms for accurate identification of various biometrics and data analysis (informatics) with hardware acquisition devices.
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Researchers in CSEE's Electronics Packaging Laboratory use laser Moire interferometry to measure submicron-scale deformation in solder joints that have been subjected to both elevated temperature and vibration. The lab is a world leader in creating damage mechanics models for electronics.