UA-France Program Ranked Best in Class, Awarded $300,000

May 2011 - A materials and optical engineering research partnership between UA and French universities has been awarded $300,000 to fund mobility between its various international member institutions.

The International Associated Laboratory for Materials and Optics was inaugurated in 2010 when UA President Robert Shelton met with Frederic Benoliel, Director of International Relations for the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS).

The Laboratory's creation was the result of 10 years of collaboration between Pierre Lucas, a UA Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and the group of Jean Luc Adam of the University of Rennes, France.

The award consisted of $240,000 from the Partner University Fund established in 2007 by the New York-based French American Cultural Exchange Foundation, plus an additional €40,000 ($56,000) Univ-Link award from the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research.


Pierre Lucas, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering.

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