BUFFALO, N.Y. The National Science Foundation's e-Design Center
has accepted the University at Buffalo as a full university member
research site in its prestigious Industry-University Collaborative
Research Center for e-Design.
Through its member universities, the Center for e-Design
provides its industry and government partners with access to a
broad range of innovative design tools based on fundamental
principles of science, mathematics and engineering to facilitate
faster, more economic and creative research and development of
products and systems.
"This is a big win for local industry as well as for UB," says
Harvey G. Stenger, Jr., PhD, interim provost for UB and former dean
of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, home of UB's New
York State Center for Engineering Design and Industrial Innovation
(NYSCEDII), the lead organization at UB in the Center for e-Design.
"I think it's proof that the investment that New York State made by
creating NYSCEDII at UB back in 2001 has definitely paid off.
NYSCEDII has been working with industry all along. This allows us
to take that partnership to the next level."
The Center for e-Design was established to create new design
paradigms and electronic design tools that will assist in
generating high quality products and systems at a reduced cost
while reducing the time associated with designing complex
engineered products and systems.
As a member of the Center for e-Design, UB joins coalition
partners at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the University
of Central Florida, Virginia Tech, Carnegie Mellon University and
"This achievement is one hundred per cent due to the work of the
NYSCEDII team led by Kemper Lewis," says Stenger, referring to
Kemper Lewis, PhD., professor of mechanical and aerospace
engineering, who is NYSCEDII's executive director. "The community
that UB is now joining as a result of their work is comprised of
top rated schools of engineering. This shows that the talent at
NYSCEDII and UB is akin to the talent at those schools. UB's
acceptance into the Center for e-Design speaks well of UB's
abilities not only in basic research but also in corporate
relations. NYSCEDII demonstrated the research prowess as well as
the critical connections with Western New York industry."
UB was invited to develop a proposal to join the center last
spring; the invitation was contingent on UB establishing a core
group of companies in Western New York that were interested in
partnering with UB in order to gain from its expertise in design
theory, system simulation and scientific visualization.
A requirement for joining the Center for e-Design was to develop
collaborations with at least five industrial partners interested in
the research expertise in e-design at UB. A nominal membership fee
allows the industrial partners to propose a research project with
UB, gives them access to cutting-edge research from other
universities in the center and exposes them to top students in the
center for internships and employment.
The UB-wide effort was led by NYSCEDII, which was established at
UB as a major center for engineering design to provide companies
throughout New York State with a significant competitive advantage
in high-tech product development. Its mission is to develop
next-generation design, manufacturing, product and process
development tools that best exploit new information, visualization,
and simulation technologies for the benefit of the industrial base
of New York State.
To date, NYSCEDII, has provided a broad range of these services
and expertise to nearly forty companies throughout the region.
UB's initial partners in the e-Design Center are: Cameron, a
Houston-based provider of flow equipment products, systems and
services with a division in Buffalo; CUBRC, a not-for-profit
research and development corporation conducting research,
development, testing and integration of systems for government and
commercial customers in defense, space, intelligence, public
health, transportation and infrastructure markets; Dresser-Rand,
among the largest suppliers of rotating equipment solutions to the
worldwide oil, gas, petrochemical, and process industries; Moog,
designer and manufacturer of precision control products and
systems; TheraSyn Sensors, a startup that licensed and is
developing UB sensor technology across a broad range of medical
Edward S. Czechowski, manager for new product development and
technology engineering with Cameron Compression Systems, the
company's Buffalo division, has worked with NYSCEDII to increase
its market share with new products while providing better quality
and service to customers. NYSCEDII also is helping Cameron develop
metrics to drive design-decisions and discover areas where design
collaboration can be matched with IT solutions.
"The professionalism and skill sets I'm dealing with are
fantastic and I truly look forward to the results at the end of the
projects we're engaged with," says Czechowski.
At TheraSyn Sensors, founder Jerome Schentag, UB professor of
pharmaceutical sciences, said that he was working with NYSCEDII in
order to get virtual design assistance for his products.
"That's important because where you are soliciting interest from
potential investors, you need to be able to showcase your products
before they're available in prototype," says Schentag, " and you
really do need something slicker than the back of the envelop
diagrams. So NYSCEDII is making designs for us that are much more
presentable and modern. And when we get to the next stage, NYSCEDII
will use its design expertise to help us to develop
Through UB's membership, local companies also will have access
to national design research available through the coalition of
other participants in the Center for e-Design.
The NSF Industry/Center Cooperative Research Center program is
designed to assist industries by providing access to university
research that companies would not have access to otherwise.
The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive
public university, a flagship institution in the State University
of New York system and its largest and most comprehensive campus.
UB's more than 28,000 students pursue their academic interests
through more than 300 undergraduate, graduate and professional
degree programs. Founded in 1846, the University at Buffalo is a
member of the Association of American Universities.