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Funding for Genesee County in Defense Bill Passes Congress

Location: Washington, DC

December 20, 2005

Funding for Genesee County in Defense Bill Passes Congress

WASHINGTON - Representative Dale E. Kildee (D-MI) announced today that Genesee County would receive millions in funding for projects in the House-Senate conference report of the Defense Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2006. Mott Community College will receive

$2.5 million covering two separate projects: $1.5 million for the Rapid Product Development and Deployment Portal Project and $1 million in funding for the Intelligent Orthopedic Fracture Implant System (IOFIS) program. Kettering University and Delphi Corporation will also receive $2.1 million for research and development on solid oxide fuel cell materials and manufacturing technology.

"I am very pleased that our community will play a significant role in addressing the safety of our soldiers through investments in research in development," said Rep. Kildee. "The research conducted right here by the people, universities, and companies of Genesee County will make our military men and women safer in the field, will enable them to recover more quickly, and it will ultimately make our citizens safer here at home."

The Rapid Product and Development Portal project will create a web-accessible repository that captures advanced and emerging technology resources and puts them within easy reach of Defense Department personnel and their contractors. The project will leverage an existing data repository framework developed by Mott's Workforce Development Institute for Simulation Technologies, expanding it from its current Automotive sector to a Tank-Automotive database.

The IOFIS will be capable of monitoring and/or reacting to the healing process to deliver bone growth-promoting drugs on a specific schedule or in response to sensing of a fracture site. Research and system development for IOFIS will be jointly undertaken by Mott Community College, Kettering University in Flint, Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI, and Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, TX. The fracture repair system IOFIS uses will reduce patient immobility time and could be applicable to other bone fracture injuries with similar healing concerns.

Delphi Corporation and Kettering University will also receive $2.1 million for the research and development on solid oxide fuel cells and manufacturing technology. This funding will allow the Army to begin development of the materials and manufacturing processes necessary for a reliable and cost-effective fuel cell system that can be compatible with existing Army logistics fuels. Delphi and Kettering both have extensive experience in this field.

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