INTPART Grant Will Encourage Collaboration with US and European Universities

By Ben Crnic

MSE Assistant Professor Stefan Schaffoener (UConn Photo)

A team including MSE assistant professor Stefan Schaffoener was awarded a 3-year grant from the Norwegian Research Council that aims to strengthen collaborations in research and curriculum development between UConn and several other participating US and European universities. The $430,000 grant is part of the Program for International Partnerships for Excellent Education, Research, and Innovation (INTPART).

The collaborating universities span three countries on two continents, and include UConn, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway, the University of Virginia, the University of Pittsburgh, and RWTH Aachen University in Aachen, Germany. The research will look into materials used in extreme environments, such as alloys and coatings for space and biomedical applications. Exchanges are planned to facilitate curriculum development that will incorporate these research topics into MSE education.

The ultimate aim of the grant is to strengthen UConn MSE’s relationships with the other participating universities, as well as to promote collaborative research and joint publications.

“I’m very excited because this grant gives us more opportunities to collaborate with experts from Norway, Germany and the United States. It also gives our students more perspective with their research and more opportunities to exchange ideas and research, as well as more opportunities to attract students to UConn,” Schaffoener said.

Schaffoener joined UConn MSE in the fall of 2018 after his postdoctoral fellowship at NTNU in Trondheim. He earned his doctorate in 2015 from TU Bergakademie Freiberg in Germany, a premier STEM university in Germany.

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