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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 321

Research and innovation for the global community

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 8 Mag 2019

For 70 years now, the researchers at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in Germany have been asking the right questions and finding answers – in the form of solutions that improve society and directly benefit the economy. This year marks an anniversary in the U.S., too: the establishment of Fraunhofer USA as a legally independent Fraunhofer affiliate 25 years ago. This non-profit organization was founded in 1994 to conduct applied research and development for customers from industry and from the federal and state governments in the U.S. With a history of more than 15 years now, the collaboration with Michigan State University (MSU) is a prime example of the continued success of this transatlantic research alliance.
25 years of Fraunhofer USA – 15 years of cooperation with Michigan State University (f.l.t.r.): Prof. Thomas Schuelke, President Fraunhofer USA, Prof. Leo Kempel, Dean of MSU College of Engineering, Prof. Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Satish Udpa, President of the MSU, Prof. Endrik Wilhelm, Chairman Fraunhofer USA, Prof. John Papapolymerou, MSU-Chair Electrical and Computer Engineering, Pär Malmhagen member of the Senate of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.
The success of the close collaboration between MSU and the Fraunhofer USA Center for Coatings and Diamond Technologies USA CCD is typical of the transatlantic research alliance. This collaboration between the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Fraunhofer USA, MSU and the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS in Dresden dates back more than 15 years and has resulted, for instance, in the development of process and system technologies for manufacturing high-quality diamond materials for applications in power and high-frequency electronics.
Fraunhofer USA CCD conducts research projects focusing particularly on coating technologies, carbon materials and 3D printing technologies, with a total project volume of USD 2.8 million per year. With industrial revenues accounting for 43 per cent of this figure, Fraunhofer USA CCD is thus also a prime example of the success of the Fraunhofer model abroad.
During his visit to the United States to mark the 25-year anniversary of Fraunhofer USA, Prof. Neugebauer was awarded an honorary doctorate from MSU in acknowledgment of his contributions to application-oriented research and to the transatlantic research alliance. Prof. Neugebauer thus joins the ranks of many others who have been awarded this honorary MSU degree for their outstanding work in research or the management of public organizations, including automotive pioneer Henry Ford, Apple co-founder Stephen Wozniak, and former U.S. presidents Harry Truman and Bill Clinton.

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