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Research Infrastructure Development (RID)

The establishment of Friction Stir Welding research capability at Austin Peay State University aligns with NASA EPSCoR objectives of developing research capability and infrastructure, improving the ability to gain funding from other sources, and developing partnerships between academia, industrial companies and NASA Centers. In addition to his appointment at Austin Peay, Dr. William Longhurst is a practicing engineer at Longhurst Engineering, PLC. At his professional practice, he performs research and development of industrial automation for both companies and government agencies. He has been awarded a NASA Small Business Technology Transfer contract “Torque Control of Friction Stir Welding� and has established



NASA EPSCoR Stimuli 2014 -15

working relationships with researchers at Marshall Space Flight Center and Vanderbilt University. The welding machine at Austin Peay is beginning to support both faculty and students in research endeavors associated with the automation of Friction Stir Welding as well as general industrial automation, including machine tools and machining processes. Faculty members have new avenues of research open to them. Students can now participate in this research and gain a competitive advantage over other students when entering graduate school and/or the workplace. In addition, faculty members will be in a much stronger position to seek funding from other, outside sources. Both

Vanderbilt University and Austin Peay State University welcome the research we are conducting with our EPSCoR RID funding. As a state-supported school, Austin Peay in particular is seeking to improve and grow its research program. We plan to distribute several more awards in the coming grant year to beginning researchers at other colleges and universities around the state.

Dr. William Longhurst, Longhurst Engineering, PLC

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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