The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded another $3.4 million grant to the Center for Research and Education in Advanced Transportation Engineering Systems (CREATES) at Rowan University to provide support for U.S. Army initiatives in the Arctic and other cold regions.
The grant comes about nine months after the DoD awarded an original $3.4 million to CREATES for the project “Innovative Construction Materials to Protect National Security Interests in the Arctic Region.” The two DoD awards were the largest to date ever presented to a faculty member on Rowan’s Glassboro campus.
The team will use a Heavy Vehicle Simulator (HVS) at CREATES for some of the work. The HVS, the sole such device at a college or university in the Northeast United States, is a $4 million machine provided through a cooperative research and development agreement with CRREL. It can simulate decades of vehicular traffic on highways and airplane runways in less than half a year while controlling testing temperature.
“This is great news for Rowan University, our South Jersey region and our national security,” said Congressman Donald Norcross, a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee. “This Defense funding will help advance important research work that will make our armed forces more adaptable, and I look forward to seeing a game-changing discovery come from right here in our backyard. We must continue to boost innovative research and development projects like this that will help keep America safe and secure.” Norcross supported Rowan University in securing this grant and the prior project grant, as well as ensuring the project is included in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020.
To read Rowan University’s entire announcement online, please visit the Rowan Today website.