Corning Inc.'s Gorilla Glass is used for the screens on billions of mobile phones. Now, car makers are using an automotive version to help shave weight off their vehicles and improve fuel economy. BMW AG was the first to use Gorilla Glass last year. The material formed an interior panel in the i8 hybrid sports car. Ford Motor Co. will be the first to use it for a windshield and rear window in the new Ford GT sports car, which is scheduled to go on sale next year. The GT also has a Gorilla Glass engine cover. "It's the newest thing to happen to glass since 1923," said Paul Linden, a supervisor of body exterior mechanisms at Ford. That was the year Henry Ford started using shatter-resistant glass in the Model T. Traditional windshields are made up of two layers of heat-treated annealed glass with a plastic layer in between. Annealed glass forms a spider web pattern when it breaks, and the pieces are designed to stick to the plastic layer to prevent injury to passengers. The GT's windshield is a hybrid. It has an annealed glass outer layer and plastic in the middle. But the inner layer is made of chemically-strengthened, automotive grade Gorilla Glass, which is much thinner and lighter than traditional glass. Ford says using Gorilla Glass makes the windshield 32 percent lighter, which saves fuel and improves the car's handling. The glass meets U.S. safety standards, Corning says, and it has endured automakers' tests on rough roads and in wind tunnels. Ford says it's tougher than traditional annealed glass. When engineers shot pieces of hail at Gorilla Glass, for example, it wasn't damaged. The annealed glass shattered. Gorilla Glass doesn't work everywhere. The side windows of the GT, for example, are made of tempered glass. Automakers tend to use tempered glass on side windows because it breaks into tiny pieces and doesn't have a plastic layer that could hinder someone from exiting the vehicle in a crash. Doug Harshbarger, business director of Corning's automotive glass business, says Corning it working on alternate ways of designing Gorilla Glass for use throughout the vehicle. Gorilla Glass has been used by the consumer electronics industry in 2007. Ford and Corning began working together on an automotive glass in 2012. Harshbarger says the company is also working with several other automakers, who are racing to meet stricter fuel economy standards that go into effect in a decade. "Weight is the enemy," Linden said. Lightweight glass isn't the only option for saving weight. Toyota Motor Corp. uses a high-strength plastic for the moonroof on its Prius V wagon, for example. One barrier to the wider adoption of Gorilla Glass is expense. Harshbarger says it costs $2 to $4 more per pound of weight saved than traditional glass. Ford is saving around 12 pounds on the GT, so that means a $24 to $48 premium per vehicle. An expensive supercar like the $400,000 GT can easily absorb that, but mainstream cars can't. But Stephanie Brinley, a senior analyst with IHS Automotive, says launching new technology on high-end cars helps companies figure out if it would be feasible on other vehicles. She says Gorilla Glass has a lot of promise, since it's both tougher and lighter. "That's hitting the industry's super sweet spot," she said. Linden says he believes Ford will eventually use Gorilla Glass throughout its lineup. In a photo from Dec. 14, 2015, a Ford GT is displayed at the Dearborn Development Center in Dearborn, Mich. Ford Motor Co. will be the first to use Corning's Gorilla Glass for the vehicle's windshield which is scheduled to go on sale next year. The GT also has a Gorilla Glass engine cover. Ford says the glass is more durable and scratch-resistant than traditional glass. It's also about 30 percent lighter, which saves fuel and improves the vehicle's handling. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) Explore further: 'Gorilla Glass' maker looks beyond smartphones
News Article | January 28, 2016
The team applies the vacuum pump during the procedure. Image: Katherine Shonesy/UAB Every day in Africa, approximately 96 elephants are killed for their valuable ivory tusks. In Alabama, however, one lucky elephant just managed to keep his tusk thanks to an engineer who normally works on bridges and airplanes. Bulwagi, a 35-year-old male African elephant that lives at Birmingham Zoo, came pretty close to losing his tusk after a deep crack appeared in the ivory. Small cracks in tusks are fairly common—elephants use their tusks for robust activities such as defense and digging—but this one was pretty deep. If left untreated, the tusk could have become infected, just like a human tooth, which would have threatened Bulwagi’s health and required the removal of the entire tusk. The zoo spent the past few years trying to save the tusk, with no luck. At one point in 2014 they tried applying a cast, just like you’d get for a broken arm. It didn’t last long. UAB scientists prepare the resin for the tusk. Image: Katherine Shonesy/UAB “He took it off almost immediately,” said Richard Sim, associate veterinarian at the zoo. “He actually ate it.” Attempts to fill in the crack with dental cement also proved fruitless. With the crack slowly growing worse, the zoo decided to do something that has historically been done to help save other elephants’ tusks: place a metal ring around it, kind of like when your dentist puts a crown on a broken tooth. That, they hoped, could keep the crack from continued spreading. They approached the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Engineering to fabricate a ring that could help Bulwagi keep his tusk. “I asked if this was the standard,” said Dr. Brian Pillay, director of UAB’s Materials Processing and Applications Development Center, who had never worked with elephants before. He found out that a metal ring would typically require several screws to be driven into the ivory to hold it in place. “It’s got to be a very heavy solution, not to mention it would be pretty ugly,” he said. Pillay wondered if anything else could solve the problem. “I do a lot of work in composite materials,” he said. “We’re constantly replacing metals with lighter and more efficient structures.” He asked the zoo if they would be open to new materials and new technologies. They said yes. Pillay and his team of students settled on a composite fiberglass and carbon-fiber band and resin. “The materials we’ve been using are the same materials we in bridges, airplanes, cars, stuff like that,” he said. Although commonly used, Pillay said the materials had never been applied to a biological solution before. Developing the solution took a few months of testing and preparation and practice on PVC piping. “The tusk is not a uniform cross-section area,” Pillay said. “It tapers. Trying to do it within the constraints of not stressing the animal too much was a big challenge.” Bulwagi with his repaired tusk after the procedure. Image: Katherine Shonesy/UAB Finally it was time. On November 5 of last year, Bulwagi’s handlers called him up to the bars of the zoo’s elephant barn, the same place where he also receives baths and regular medical treatments. On cue, he positioned his tusk through the bollards and the two-hour procedure began. Under Dr. Pillay’s guidance, zoo staff placed layer after layer of carbon fiber on the tusk, surrounding the crack. Under typical industrial solutions, they would have painted each layer with an epoxy to create a good bond. “That would be too time-consuming for working with a live animal,” Sim said. Instead they used a vacuum pump to suck the epoxy out of a bucket and then inject it into the carbon fibers, which quickly absorbed the materials and in just three minutes created a hard, strong, impermeable shell. “All credit to the handlers, they kept him still enough long enough for us to be successful,” said Pillay. Three months later, Bulwagi, his tusk, and the industrial wrap are doing well. “I don’t think he notices it’s there,” Sim said. “He doesn’t give it any great attention.” He reports that the wrap has held up to Bulwagi rubbing it against things and shows no signs of falling off. Unfortunately, the solution may have come too late for Bulwagi. Sim reports that they think the tusk did indeed become infected before the procedure. They’re monitoring him in case further action is necessary. Even if Bulwagi does not ultimately get to keep his tusk, Sim and Pillay said they hope the solution could help other elephants in the future. Both report that other zoos have inquired about the process. Pillay’s students are still working to refine the materials that they used and he said he hoped to possibly write a manual that would allow veterinarians around the world learn how to do this process on their own. “Then we could help elephants not just in the zoo but in the wild rather than have their tusks removed,” he said. He added that after his daughter heard about the process she asked, “Why don’t you do something to make the tusks useless to poachers?” “I wish I could,” he replied. Sim, for his part, thinks the process would have less potential in the wild, where animals with broken tusks would need to be anesthetized. He did see some possibility for helping other species with hard external structures, such as turtles with broken shells, although that’s not something they have explored to date. Both Sim and Pillay seemed energized by the project, which combined both of their skill sets to create a new solution. “We were able to come up with a new idea that help the elephant and make it happen,” said Sim. “That made for the cool intersection between the industrial engineering part of this and the biological husbandry. It’s been fun to work on.”
Home > Press > SUNY Poly Welcomes DPS as the Global Engineering Firm Opens Its U.S. Advanced Technology Group Headquarters at Cutting-Edge ZEN Building Abstract: Ribbon cutting ceremony marks move that will create 56 new jobs under STARTUP-NY initiative and spur more than $40M in investments across New York State over 5 years. As testament to Governor Andrew M. Cuomos innovation-centered business growth strategy for New York State, SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) and DPS Engineering today held a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the establishment of DPS U.S. Advanced Technology Group headquarters at SUNY Polys $191 million Zero Energy Nanotechnology (ZEN) building. A direct result of Governor Cuomos pioneering STARTUP-NY initiative, DPS will create 56 new jobs over the next five years and drive $40 million into New Yorks upstate economy by offering select engineering services to globally recognized corporations from across the state. The company will also develop and provide student and workforce training opportunities. While catalyzing economic benefits for upstate New York, STARTUP-NY has continued to promote student and faculty collaboration with industry to power workforce development while simultaneously encouraging even more globally recognized corporations to come to New York State to leverage this most critical asset, said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. With DPS anchored at SUNY Polys Albany location, it is exciting that the community can anticipate further job growth while SUNY students will be able to interact even further with high-tech industry to gain unparalleled insight into New Yorks exciting career opportunities. Governor Andrew M. Cuomos revolutionary economic development strategy, and in particular his pioneering STARTUP-NY initiative, are drawing the kinds of high-tech businesses to New York State that are both providing jobs and educational opportunities, and with DPS Engineerings establishment of its U.S. Advanced Technology Group headquarters here, it is proof positive that success begets even greater success, said SUNY Poly President and CEO Dr. Alain Kaloyeros. We are excited that as DPS opens its doors at the ZEN Building, DPS will also provide workforce training so that it is not only creating the jobs of the future, but also playing a role in educating those who will fill these cutting-edge positions. DPS is thrilled to cut the ribbon on its United States Advanced Technology Group Headquarters and partner with SUNY Poly to play an important role in New York States innovation-based business and education ecosystem, as Governor Cuomos STARTUP-NY initiative, in tandem with New Yorks business climate, underpin the continued expansion of our company and its top-tier workforce, said DPS CEO Frank Keogh. With operations based at the ZEN Building, DPS is excited to be located exactly where New Yorks tech growth is taking place. We are eager to work with other leading companies across the state to meet their architectural and engineering needs. First announced in September 2015, DPS is locating its U.S. Advanced Technology Group headquarters inside the Zero Energy Nanotechnology (ZEN) building, part of SUNY Polys state-of-the-art Albany NanoTech Complex. Initially, DPS is utilizing 5,000 square feet, although it plans to double its footprint over the next five years as a result of the growth it anticipates from meeting the engineering needs of corporations from across New York States burgeoning high-tech sector. Additionally, employment is expected to grow from an initial team of nine full-time high-tech and administration jobs to a minimum of 56 direct high-tech and related support jobs within the same five-year timeframe. To support its expected project load, DPS also intends to hire more than 50 project-specific employees each year. By 2021 DPS is expected to have made $1,000,000 in capital investments, with more than $20 million for operations plus an additional $20 million in project specific labor. A key component of DPS site selection are its plans to develop and provide a training curriculum to SUNY Poly students in order to support its workforce needs, enabling further growth via its ability to leverage a highly trained and qualified workforce. The ribbon cutting marks the start of DPS commitment to identify, develop, and implement student internships and professional development and career opportunities for SUNY Polys growing student body. Additionally, the collaboration will provide students with opportunities to learn firsthand about the latest in design project efficiency by allowing them to become familiar with advanced software tools, including a laser photogrammetry integrated design management dashboard, 3D/BIM modeling, and other online design collaboration tools. Additionally, DPS employees will be encouraged to obtain continuing education by utilizing SUNY Polys world-class educational offerings. With close ties to a number of professional organizations such as ISPE, PDA, SEMI, ASME, and other industry and advisory organizations, DPS will also be able to offer opportunities for SUNY Poly students to conduct research to further these organizations missions to harmonize and standardize life sciences and microelectronics-based industry activities. DPS is a full service Architectural and Engineering company established in Ireland in 1974. DPS employs approximately 1,000 people globally across 11 offices. The companys sector expertise spans many markets including advanced technology, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical technologies, oil and gas, food & beverage, energy and science & education. Its newest office in New York State is ready to support high-tech growth throughout the state and will allow DPS to play a specific role by acting as an owners representative to provide peer review and commentary for Engineer of Record (EoR) design, as well as project and construction management and commissioning, qualification, and verification services for various engineering design projects. In addition, DPS provides Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) testing services and Hazard and Operability Analysis (HAZOP), offering systematic system examination and risk management, among a number of other services. About SUNY Polytechnic Institute SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) is New Yorks globally recognized, high-tech educational ecosystem, formed from the merger of the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering and SUNY Institute of Technology. SUNY Poly offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the emerging disciplines of nanoscience and nanoengineering, as well as cutting-edge nanobioscience and nanoeconomics programs at its Albany location and undergraduate and graduate degrees in technology, including engineering, cybersecurity, computer science, and the engineering technologies; professional studies, including business, communication, and nursing; and arts and sciences, including natural sciences, mathematics, humanities, and social sciences at its Utica/Rome location. Thriving athletic, recreational, and cultural programs, events, and activities complement the campus experience. As the worlds most advanced, university-driven research enterprise, SUNY Poly boasts more than $43 billion in high-tech investments, over 300 corporate partners, and maintains a statewide footprint. The 1.3 million-square-foot Albany NanoTech megaplex is home to more than 4,000 scientists, researchers, engineers, students, faculty, and staff, in addition to Tech Valley High School. SUNY Poly operates the Smart Cities Technology Innovation Center (SCiTI) at Kiernan Plaza in Albany, the Solar Energy Development Center in Halfmoon, the Childrens Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST) in Troy, the Central New York Hub for Emerging Nano Industries in Syracuse, the Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center (STC) in Canandaigua, and the Photovoltaic Manufacturing and Technology Development Facility in Rochester where SUNY Poly also leads the American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics. SUNY Poly founded and manages the Computer Chip Commercialization Center (Quad-C) at its Utica location and also manages the $500 million New York Power Electronics Manufacturing Consortium, with nodes in Albany and Rochester, as well as the Buffalo High-Tech Manufacturing Innovation Hub at RiverBend, Buffalo Information Technologies Innovation and Commercialization Hub, and Buffalo Medical Innovation and Commercialization Hub. For information visit www.sunycnse.com and www.sunypoly.edu. For more information, please click If you have a comment, please us. Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.
News Article | March 21, 2016
The USS Hartford is seen popping up into sight through thick Arctic Circle ice near the temporary U.S. Navy station Ice Camp Sargo for the Ice Exercise 2016. The ICEX, which runs for five weeks, aims to "research, test and evaluate operational capabilities" of the United States Navy in this region of the world. Apart from the USS Hartford, another Los Angeles-class submarine, the USS Hampton, is going to carry out several Arctic transits, scientific data collection, a surfacing in the North Pole and more training evolutions. "Submarine operations as part of ICEX provide the necessary training to maintain a working knowledge of an extremely challenging region that is very different than any other ocean in the world," said Cmdr. Scott Luers, ice camp officer-in-tactical-command and deputy director of operations for Commander Submarine Forces in Norfolk. He added that communicating, navigating and maneuvering in the Arctic region are different as opposed to doing those tasks in other oceans in the world, as there exist surfaces below and above the submarine. Rear Adm. Jeff Trussler, the Undersea Warfighting Development Center's commander, said that the Arctic Submarine Laboratory of the United States Navy, headed by Larry Estrada, is leading in Arctic undersea operations across the globe. "ICEX 2016 is our continued commitment to the development of undersea warfare capabilities and tactics in all areas of the world," Trussler added. Of more than 26 Arctic exercises, ICEX 2016 is the most recent U.S. Submarine Forces exercise carried out since activity in the region began in 1958. Back in 1958, the USS Nautilus initially made a transit of the region. The USS Skate, however, was the very first United States submarine to break through the Arctic ice in 1959 in this region. In 1960, the USS Sargo was the first one to carry out a Bering Strait transit. The present temporary ice camp of the U.S. Submarine Forces is named after this submarine. The San Diego-based Arctic Submarine Laboratory is regarded as the lead organization which handles the planning, coordination and execution of the exercise. The exercise involves two submarines, different countries and more than 200 participants. If you wish to get a glimpse of this slow and dramatic surfacing of the USS Hartford in the Arctic Circle, hit the play button below.
« Rice U team develops new class of quasi-solid-state electrolytes; stable performance at high temperatures | Main | Ballard closes $5M strategic investment from Nisshinbo Holdings » Johann Jungwirth has been appointed as Head of the Volkswagen Group’s newly-established Digitalization Strategy Department effective 1 November 2015. Jungwirth moved to the Volkswagen Group from Apple and reports direct to Matthias Müller, CEO of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft. With the new function and the appointment of Jungwirth, Volkswagen is strongly reinforcing its position in digitalization—a very important future field for the automotive industry. Jungwirth was named Director, Mac Systems Engineering at Apple in 2014. He was responsible for innovation in design and engineering in product development as well as hiring, growing and leading a multicultural research & development team and supporting the Special Projects Group. In 2009 Jungwirth was appointed as President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America to head the Research & Development Center in Sunnyvale, CA (USA), with additional international locations. From the center in Silicon Valley, Jungwirth and his team were responsible for all research and development business units in the US market such as autonomous driving, powertrain and electric drive, technology and vehicle development, as well as telematics and user interaction design. From 2008 to 2014 Jungwirth was also Vice-President Infotainment and Telematics responsible for all research, engineering and product development for infotainment and connected car solutions.