Durbin Announces $143,327 Science Funding for Illinois Institute of Technology

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the National Science Foundation has awarded $143,327 in funding to Illinois Institute of Technology for under the Institute’s Department of Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering. The project will improve our understanding of how geometric variations introduced during manufacturing can impact a product’s performance.


Manufacturing processes are inherently imprecise, producing parts and products that vary slightly from item to item. This research could lead to improvements in efficiency and accuracy for products ranging from power generation equipment, to space antenna, to high speed machining tools.


This is the school’s second NSF grant of 2009 – earlier this year IIT received $106,764 for a program entitled “Summer Engineering Research Experiences in Diabetes for Undergraduates.” The ten-week summer program will support diabetes-related engineering projects.