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South Dakota Mines wins $11 million federal grant to improve military readiness in cold weather

Joseph Bara
Members of CRREL, ERDC, and South Dakota Mines technical leads met with Mines researchers on campus as part of a collaboration that assists the DoD in developing new materials and manufacturing processes in cold areas of the world.

South Dakota Mines is partnering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) on a new project called “Materials and Manufacturing for Cold Regions.”

The effort includes a five-year, $11.2 million grant to fund faculty and student research at Mines from multiple engineering and science disciplines.

The team will develop advanced materials and manufacturing technology in support of the U.S. Army’s global military objectives in cold and remote regions.

"Through this partnership we will apply materials and manufacturing research expertise and infrastructure, developed over the past two decades by numerous Mines faculty, staff and students, to support the critical needs of our nation’s armed forces. It’s a perfect opportunity for us and we look forward to the new partnership.”
Dr. Grant Crawford, a professor of materials and metallurgical engineering at South Dakota Mines.