Texas Tech Garners $6.6 Million in 2008 Defense Bill

Texas Tech University doubles its federal defense research funding for 2008.

Texas Tech University has doubled its federal defense research funding for 2008, with a total of $6.6 million secured through the Fiscal Year 2008 Defense Appropriations Bill, which was signed into law Nov. 14 by President Bush.

"This increase can be attributed to the recognition by Congress and the Pentagon that Texas Tech’s research is important to protecting our troops who are in harm’s way," said Kent Hance, chancellor of the university.

Nearly two-thirds of the funding, $4 million, is earmarked for the Texas Tech pulsed power electronics laboratory, which will focus on developing compact electrical generators that can be integrated into standard weapons systems with the purpose of disabling enemy electronic systems, such as Improvised Explosive Devices with a minimum of collateral damage. Part of the funding will be used to deploy pulsed power into the field to assist U.S. troops.

Texas Tech also will receive $1.6 million in funding to support the continued research of nanophotonic technology, which has civilian, military and homeland security applications. Research will focus on advanced materials and systems miniaturization to develop a new generation of lighting devices that are lightweight, efficient and consume little energy.

Another $1 million was secured for the Zumwalt National Program for Countermeasures to Biological and Chemical Threats at The Institute for Environmental and Human Health. This program is recognized for developing a non-woven fabric that can be used to protect against exposure to biological and chemical agents. The Army has expressed interest in this new fabric.

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