The largest grant of $1 million was awarded by the US Department of Transportation's Research and Special Programs Administration for transportation-related research. MIT is one of 13 schools that comprise the department's University Transportation Centers program, directed at MIT by Thomas F. Humphrey, principal research associate in the Center for Transportation Studies.
According to the DOT, the goals for the UTC program stress relevant, intermodal research and technology-transfer activities to attract the best students and faculty and meet the nation's need for safe, efficient and environmentally sound movement of people and goods.
The second award of $600,000 over three years was a Strategic Manufacturing Initiative Grant given by the National Science Foundation to MIT's Micro-Constructive Manufacturing Project in the Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity.
The interdepartmental team working on the project consists of Professors Emanuel M. Sachs of mechanical engineering, Michael J. Cima of materials science and engineering and David C. Gossard of mechanical engineering, and Dr. James A. Cornie, principal research associate in the Materials Processing Center.
The goal of the project is to develop a constructive approach to manufacturing where components are formed by the addition of material. The term "micro-constructive" refers to the well controlled addition of material in small quantities.
A version of this article appeared in the September 16, 1992 issue of MIT Tech Talk (Volume 37, Number 5).