November 14, 2006
Lincoln University Awarded $500,000 Grant From DOE
UNIVERSITY, PA. - President
Ivory V. Nelson has announced that Lincoln University has been
awarded a three-year grant for $500,000 from the Department
of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).
project is titled, “Enhancing Physics and Engineering
at Lincoln University: Characterization of Piezoelectric and
Other Materials,” and will build
on previous work with the material lab at Penn State University.
of the grant will be the implementation of a physics scholar
program, where students will be prepared and motivated to pursue
graduate and professional school in a variety of careers. Some
of them include medicine, law, engineering, computational physics,
biophysics, chemical physics and traditional physics.
is another example of our commitment to provide a rich and
rewarding educational experience for our students,” President
The study of piezoelectric – piezoelectric
is a material that generates an electric charge when mechanically
deformed - and related ceramic materials is significant for
its wide-range of applications as smart materials that can
sense environmental changes and make informed adjustments to
some aspects of its physical properties.
These so-called smart
materials have found applications in a wide variety of circumstances,
such as high-tech automobile applications, medical system for
the treatment of diabetes, and urine analysis system for home
Dr. Willie Williams, professor of physics,
will serve as the principal investigator. “The grant
will enable us to attract very talented students and give them
hands-on research opportunities,” he said.
Founded in 1854, Lincoln University is
a premier, Historically Black University that combines the
best elements of a liberal arts and sciences-based undergraduate
core curriculum and selected graduate programs to meet the
needs of students living in a highly technological and global
society. The university is nationally recognized as a
major producer of African Americans with undergraduate degrees
in the physical sciences.