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Director's welcome

Welcome to the TiiMS Web site!

The Texas Institute for Intelligent Bio-Nano Materials and Structures for Aerospace Vehicles (TiiMS) is a NASA University Research, Engineering and Technology Institute (URETI). TiiMS comprises six universities in Texas: Prairie View A&M University, the University of Houston, Rice University, University of Texas at Arlington, Texas A&M University and Texas Southern University. We have brought together more than 30 of the finest engineers and scientists to foster collaboration on some of the most complex problems in the realm of bio-nano technology. On this research team are a Nobel laureate in chemistry and several members of the National Academies.

The major research theme of TiiMS is the marriage of biotechnology with nanotechnology to enable the development of intelligent reconfigurable aerospace structures. This will be accomplished through this cross-institutional team of researchers and students. The research component of TiiMS is a synergy of four major research thrusts: functionalized nanomaterials, multifunctional material systems, biosensors and devices, and intelligent systems. We face a major technical challenge of merging the nano to macro scales, both in modeling as well as physical realization.

Our ultimate goal is to educate a cadre of scientists and engineers for future aerospace enterprises. Each of the universities participating in TiiMS has numerous ongoing efforts to increase the number of young people in the United States with degrees in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Hence, opportunities will be available for pre-college, undergraduate and graduate student support to conduct research with the world-renowned faculty members involved with the institute.

Again, I welcome you to the TiiMS Web site. Please review our activities and revisit us in the future as more information is added to our site regularly. You are more than welcome to contact us and we will be more than pleased to assist you.

Dimitris C. Lagoudas, Ph.D., PE
Director, TiiMS


A collaborative effort among: Prairie View A&M University | Rice University | Texas A&M University | Texas Southern University | University of Houston | University of Texas at Arlington



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