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Dean Zorica Pantic-Tanner and Sen. John Cornyn
Dean Zorica Pantic-Tanner and Sen. John Cornyn

UTSA receives $1 million to monitor military jet engines

(Sept. 22, 2004)--The University of Texas at San Antonio has received $1 million from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research to develop new ways to monitor jet engine health.

The research will be conducted at the new $1.5 million UTSA Material Science and Engineering Laboratory at Kelly USA. The UTSA research could help save millions of an estimated $1 billion on vehicle engine repairs.

"This funding will be used for part of a critical effort to ensure that those engaged in fighting and winning the war on terror will work in the safest, most healthy conditions possible," said U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. "Texas has always been a leader in developing new technology, and I'm pleased that UTSA has received funding for this important research project."

Cornyn, who helped secure the project funding, serves on the Armed Services Emerging Threats and Capabilities subcommittee.

"We are very excited to be doing this cutting-edge research project and contributing to homeland security," said Zorica Pantic-Tanner, dean of the UTSA College of Engineering.

According to Air Force estimates, 999 of 1,000 engine parts are replaced prematurely to avoid failure during defense activities. In the fight against terrorism, military vehicles, tanks, naval vessels and aircraft are required to perform longer. The new maintenance program will help extend equipment service life and reduce cost.

--Kris Rodriguez

University Communications
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