The National Science Foundation Grant

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0438582.

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) was originally created as an independent federal agency in 1950.  Its primarily purpose is to "promote the progress of science and advance the national health, prosperity and welfare" [1].  It funds research, education and training project primarily performed by universities, colleges academic consortia, nonprofit institutions, and small businesses [1].

NSF is subdivided into several programs, each specializing in a particular science/engineering field.  One of these programs is Partnerships for Innovation. In a typical year, this program funds proposals in the amount of $9 million.  The University of North Florida submitted a proposal, titled "Florida's First Coast Manufacturing Innovation Partnership", to aid in the development of a manufacturing and design partnership for the North Florida region in 2004.  UNF became an awardee and was awarded a three-year $600K grant beginning FY 2005.

With these funds UNF is strengthening the design and manufacturing interest and expertise in the Northeast Florida Region also known as Florida's First Coast.

[1] The National Science Foundation - FY 2004 Guide to Programs.



Dr. Daniel Cox is a professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of North Florida. He received his BS (with honors) and ME degrees from the University of Florida, and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, where he specialized in robotics. He also spent sixteen years at IBM in the field of advanced manufacturing. He now specializes and conducts extensive research in robotics and automation, mechatronics, dynamic modeling and control systems, and manufacturing.

Dr. Alexandra Schonning is an associate professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of North Florida. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering. Her expertise encompasses biomechanics, finite element modeling and analysis, computer aided engineering, and rapid prototyping. Dr. Schonning's research includes design, analysis, optimization, and prototyping of mechanical systems and modeling and analysis in biomechanics.

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