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March 28, 2006

CCAD Receives $105,000 Unrestricted Grant From Rockwell Collins

The University of Iowa College of Engineering's Center for Computer-Aided Design (CCAD) has received a six-month, $105,000 unrestricted grant from Rockwell Collins of Cedar Rapids for virtual-manufacturing research.

Steve Beck, CCAD researcher and project leader, said that the grant will enable CCAD to explore one of its primary interests -- the creation of virtual design systems that save time and money.

"It is very exciting to be collaborating with one of the nation's leading defense manufacturers in the development of next-generation product and process design technologies," Beck said. "We feel privileged to be working with them on this project."

Jack Harris, Rockwell Collins director of manufacturing technology, said, "CCAD has proven capabilities in simulation research and development of technology, which when applied, can make a major impact to our industry's ability to design and manufacture effectively. The results from this grant will put Rockwell Collins on a path to significantly improve design cycle time and enhance the bottom line."

CCAD was founded in 1982 to coordinate and promote research in multi-body (vehicle) dynamics. Today, the center conducts basic and applied research in design, optimization, modeling and simulation of materials, structures, vehicles, and mechanical and biomechanical systems, to advance the educational and research mission of the College of Engineering, and to transfer research results to a broad spectrum of academic, industrial and government constituencies.

Among the many projects housed within CCAD is the two-and-a-half-year-old,  nationally acclaimed UI Virtual Soldier Research Program, which has won nearly $10 million in funding to use computer-generated humans for projects ranging from clothing design to vehicle design and analysis.

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