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Dr. Garimella Award Plaque imageThe Cooling Technologies Research Center addresses research and development needs of members from diverse industries and product lines in the area of high-performance heat removal from compact spaces through member-directed investigations with a product-oriented focus.

"The National Science Foundation's (NSF's) Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC) program is effecting positive change in the performance capacmity of the U.S. industrial enterprise. Over the past two decades, the I/UCRCs have led the way to a new era of partnership between universities and industry, featuring high-quality, industrially relevant fundamental research, strong industrial support of and collaboration in research and education, and direct transfer of university-developed ideas, research results, and technology to U.S. industry to improve its competitive posture in world markets. Through innovative education of talented graduate and undergraduate students, the I/UCRCs are providing the next generation of scientists and engineers with a broad, industrially oriented perspective on engineering research and practice." - NSF I/UCRC overview

CTRC has a pre-competitive approach to work together with the different industry partners to develop thermal management technologies. This collaboration provides an excellent vehicle for technology transfer and for students to be trained in practical applications. In recognition of these relationships Dr. Garimella has received the National Science Foundation's I/UCRC 2011 Alexander Schwarzkopf Prize for Technological Innovation for his research to develop advanced cooling technologies for electronics and cars.

A video featuring the I/UCRC program and its centers is available here (20 minutes and 8 minutes).


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