New International Partnership: Skoltech CREIs and TU Delft sign Cooperation Agreement for Composites Center

Signing of contracts for partnership of Composites CREI between Skoltech CREIs and Delft TU (from right): Zafer Gürdal, Director of the Skoltech Center for Composites; Mats Nordlund, Skoltech’s Vice-President for Research; Dirk Jan van den Berg, The President of TU Delft

Signing of contracts between Skoltech CREIs and Delft TU (from right): Zafer Gürdal, Director of the Skoltech Center for Composites; Mats Nordlund, Skoltech’s Vice-President for Research; Dirk Jan van den Berg, The President of TU Delft. Photo: Ilan Goren, Skoltech

The Skoltech Center for Composites signed today a partnership agreement with TU Delft, The Netherlands. At a ceremony held at the Skolkovo Innovation Center in Moscow, representatives from the leading Dutch research center and Skoltech agreed to work together on developing the CREI (Center for Research Education and Innovation) which focuses on applicable research into advanced structures and composite materials.

The Composites center aims to conduct basic and applied research into developing advanced structures that are lighter, more durable, more cost-effective, multi-functional, and environmentally friendly. This will be achieved by combining innovation and insight into and developing an integrated multidisciplinary approach for materials, processes and manufacturing techniques. The cooperation with Delft TU will involve scientists, faculty and students from both sides with the aim of conducting joint research projects and sharing facilities.

The Center for Composites has already secured cooperation agreements with two international partners – University of South Carolina, USA and KU Leuven, Belgium – and one Russian partner (The Institute of Continuous Media Mechanics RAS.) It is one of the six Skoltech CREIs which have so far been established.

Zafer Gürdal, the Director of the Skoltech Center for Composites: “The cooperation with TU DELFT offers our CREI an excellent opportunity to grow and floursih. What we plan to do at the Center for Composites wasn’t done in any other place in the world. Usually research centers focus on manufacturing or characterization, but here we’d like to have those put together and cover every relevant challenge – from composite materials design through manufacturing to material afterlife.”

Central to its research mission, Skoltech is founding 15 multidisciplinary Centers for Research, Innovation and Education (CREIs), which will address critical problems facing industry and society, particularly in the Russian context. These centers are key components in building capacity at the university, including world-class research teams, instruments, and facilities. The CREIs are the institute’s major scientific growth engines. The establishment of CREIs is carried out in close cooperation with one (or more) international and Russian academic partners. Skoltech strongly believes that this is the most efficient and fastest way to establish a new world-class graduate research university.

Signing the Composites Center contract between Skoltech CREIs and Delft TU. 10.07.2014. Photo: Ilan Goren, Skoltech

Signing the Composites Center contract between Skoltech CREIs and Delft TU. 10.07.2014. Photo: Ilan Goren, Skoltech

* The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) is a private graduate research university in Skolkovo, Russia, a suburb of Moscow. Established in 2011 in collaboration with MIT, Skoltech educates global leaders in innovation, advances scientific knowledge, and fosters new technologies to address critical issues facing Russia and the world. Applying international research and educational models, the university integrates the best Russian scientific traditions with twenty-first century entrepreneurship and innovation.

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