The Department of Energy has awarded the University at Buffalo $8.5 million to create the Center for Hybrid Rocket Exascale Simulation Technology, which will focus on the potential of rockets that use nontoxic fuels. Researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories and the Los Alamos National Laboratory will act as advisors.

A component of the grant involves educating UB students about hybrid technology. A portion of the funds will support a team of undergraduates who compete in the annual Spaceport America Cup, the world’s largest intercollegiate rocket engineering conference and competition“This award puts UB students at the forefront of scholarly activity in an incredibly exciting field that’s of great interest to NASA and other federal agencies, as well as private aerospace companies like SpaceX. Click title above for a brief discussion on rockets and great opportunities for students.