Center for Advanced Materials Research and Education
The mission of the Center for Advanced Materials Research and
Education (CAMRE) is to bring together SPSU experts in engineering and
technology (mechanical, civil and electrical) and science (chemistry,
physics and biology) to establish integrated research, education, and
student-mentoring in an effort to understand and improve engineering
materials by controlling the composition, structure, and properties
from the microscopic to the macroscopic.
Specifically, the impact of CAMRE will:
- Provide the essential physical insights for the design,
optimization, and in-service reliability of advanced materials and
- Strengthen the capabilities and give a competitive edge to
SPSU to perform materials research and development for and with
industry (Lockheed-Martin, Sonoco, Gulfstream) and government agencies
(NSF, DoD, NASA).
- Complement existing material research equipment and
infrastructure at SPSU, such as the equipment in the existing
Engineering Materials Laboratory, the Mechanics and Materials
Laboratory, and the Composite Materials Laboratory.
- Provide a long-term, sustainable, and synergistic impact on
the entire University’s degree programs by external sponsored funding
in cutting-edge materials research.
Center Goals and Objectives
CAMRE will meet the increasingly stringent requirements of
cutting-edge materials technology by fundamental research, education,
innovation and improved methodologies in the following thrust areas:
- Fabrication: Processing and synthesis of advanced materials and structures.
- Characterization: Developing both field
characterization techniques and in-situ monitoring for the
microstructural and the effective behavior of advanced materials and
- Durability: Predicting long-term performance (over
lifetimes up to several decades) of materials and structures as well as
understanding environmental exposure affects.
- Failure: Understanding the failure modes of
materials and structures, and how the microstructure and morphology of
these materials affect the failure modes.
- Education: Providing research opportunities for SPSU
undergraduates during the academic year and providing opportunities
for summer research experiences.
- Outreach: Motivating, informing, and stimulating interest through participation in seminars, workshops, symposia and conferences.
- Presentation: Developing the oral and poster
presentation skills of SPSU undergraduates by dissemination of research
results at professional meetings and conferences, and enhancing their
verbal skills through technical report writing.