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South Dakota Research Infrastructure Development


South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

Lithium ion battery coin cells developed under South Dakota NASA EPSCoR and Glenn Research Center project.

Lithium ion battery components (left) and membrane separator (right).

Research Infrastructure Development investments in South Dakota serve to build sustainable collaborations between state research teams and NASA in the agency’s space technology focus areas. As an example of this strategy, beginning in 2013, potential collaboration was identified in the technical area of Space Power and Energy Storage. A statewide, multi-institution battery research interest group was organized. A seed grant of $50,000 was awarded to a team from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and the University of South Dakota in order to conduct preliminary research on high performance lithium ion batteries, to develop a broader statewide team, and to build strategic partnerships with NASA centers. The South Dakota team established collaborations with five industry partners and two Department of Energy labs, and a NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship in summer 2013 helped solidify connections with NASA researchers. In addition, three undergraduate students were awarded Space Grant fellowships to support the lithium ion battery research, and four faculty members were awarded NASA EPSCoR travel grants to attend NASA Aerospace Battery Workshops in 2013 and 2014. Further support for the effort came from a major grant from the South Dakota Board of Regents for battery testing equipment. With this broad-based foundation of state, industry, and NASA cooperation, the South Dakota group was awarded a 2014 NASA EPSCoR Research Award of $750,000 supporting seven investigators at three major universities.

NASA EPSCoR Stimuli 2014-15



EPSCoR Stimuli 2014-15  

NASA Office of Education’s Aerospace Research & Career Development (ARCD) is pleased to release NASA EPSCoR Stimuli, a collection of univers...

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