"This year has been a very busy and productive one. We have increased the number of faculty on staff, with another two outstanding faculty members joining us for the coming school year. We are very pleased at the work our faculty has been doing. This past year our faculty have received funding, contracts, and awards from such resources as the CIA, NSF, AFOSR, and DARPA. Several of our faculty participated in the new Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC), which is being funded by NSF, the USTAR initiative, and the University of Utah for $21 million over the next six years."