Robert Lipton Part of $7.2 Million MURI Grant Project.

Robert Lipton Robert Lipton, Nicholson Professor in the LSU Mathematics Department, is collaborating on a $7.2 million Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) grant awarded by the Army Research Office (ARO). This project, titled "Complexity, Nonlocality, and Uncertainty in Heterogeneous Solids," involves multiple universities: Carnegie Mellon's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the University of Chicago's Department of Physics, the University of Colorado, Boulder's Mechanical Engineering Department, and the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics at the University of Pennsylvania.

The primary focus of this project is to enhance the understanding of wave propagation and damage in heterogeneous materials. This research is particularly significant as it falls within one of the 25 topic areas deemed strategically important by the Department of Defense. These areas were highlighted by the Army Research Office, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and the Office of Naval Research.

The process of awarding the grant was highly competitive. Out of 276 white papers submitted, an expert panel selected 102 for full proposals. Ultimately, 25-30 projects, including this one, were chosen for funding.

Over the next five years, Dr. Lipton's team at LSU is set to receive over $1.2 million as part of this significant research endeavor. This funding represents a substantial investment in advancing the field of mathematics of materials science and its applications in defense and other areas.