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Assistant professor Kurt Paterson of Michigan Technology University has received a National Science Foundation grant to develop innovative teaching techniques using advanced technology. The grant, which has a value of over $200,000, will run for three years and involve collaborative work with three student helpers. The project will create a technology-enabled course on environmental engineering ready for the the 2001 spring semester. It also will develop a virtual-reality engineering lab featuring 3D views of lab instrumentation. If it's successful, this project should significantly influence teaching methods and how students can and will learn in the future.

The Metal Processing Institute (MPI) at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) was awarded a $1 million grant to continue its work in metalcasting activities. Specifically, the money will be used to establish the Ray H. Witt Endowment Fund. WPI's Aluminum Casting Research Laboratory also will use this funding to conduct fundamental and applied research on metal alloys, including the various techniques used to fashion them into useful shapes. Lightweight metal alloys are used to replace steel, reducing weight and improving fuel economy in automobiles and airplanes.

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