9/11/2001 Attacks Were An Inside Job > New 9/11 Thermite Peer Review Study by 9 Scientists

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Once again the motive for 9/11 that I have stated on this site from 100% my own analysis is illustrated with an unbelievable connection.  One of the principal men (Dr. Jan A. Puszynski) involved with the engineering of the nano-super thermite used in the black op false flag, OODA-loop driven DoD/military industrial complex "real life snuff film" (to quote Thomas Barnett) operation of murdering 3000 on 911 is amazingly coincidentally involved with a company directly working on the GIG/network enabled UAV's to actually implement the premeditated mass murder of US citizens and the world which had its roots laid with their prized and cherished 911 EBO (effects based operations) execution.

As a quick aside, I want to point out something in reference to:



It is possible that nano-super thermite used on 911 was all that was required to pulverize the necessary structures into the finest particles ever seen from a demolition.  To be 100% objective, all of the information regarding the power of nano-superthermite is at least 3 years after 911 and in some cases only approximately 2 years old.  The point in this is that obviously technology would advance and increase its power to far beyond what would have existed back when the false flag was executed.  There is no documentation available that I have seen that shows how capable (the exact detonation velocity capable then) this highly engineered material was in 2001.  In my opinion it was easily far more powerful than TNT/dynamite in 2001.  According to the following source, it is now more powerful than RDX, and even c4 (because C4 detonates at approx 9,000 m/sec, and nano-superthermite can detonate at 10,000 m/sec).

Again, the bottom line --in my opinion (based on research), no other explosive compounds were necessary (that is not to say that none would not or were possibly used, this just shows that there is evidence, albeit much more recent sourcing, that supports my statements).


- Technical Sessions

Wednesday, 15 November 2006: 12:30 PM-3:00 PM
Continental 9 (Hilton San Francisco)

Energetics (03e)

#0 - Nano-Energetic Materials (03E00)
This session aims to encompass research in the area of the formation of reactive nanoparticles and their application in energetic systems. Contributions are solicited addressing both experimental and theoretical aspects of reaction kinetics, processing, and characterization of energetic materials involving nanoreactants.
Chair:    Jan A. Puszynski
Chemical and Biological Engineering
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
501 E. St. Joseph Street
Rapid City, SD 57701
Phone Number: 605-394-1230
Fax Number: 605-394-1232
Email: [email protected]
CoChair:    Bruce Cranford
1 Cliffe Hill Ct
Potomac, MD 20854
Phone Number: 301-340-0052
Email: [email protected]
* Membership Number 134038
12:30 PM         
   Role of Nano-Particles in Energetic Materials Development

Vladimir Hlavacek, Chemical and Biological Engineering, University at Buffalo, 303 Furnas Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260

If the solid-solid reaction is strongly exothermic a rich spectrum of completely new phenomena can occur. Many exothermic solid-solid reactions as, for example, aluminothermic operations and intermetallic processes are far more energetic than energetic substances which can detonate, as for instance TNT or RDX Therefore, some time ago we asked an interesting question: Is it possible to find conditions under which the solid-solid reactions listed above will detonate ? The rapid and violent form of energy release, called detonation, is caused by a shock wave propagating into the energetic material. This shock heats the material by compressing it and thus triggering a chemical reaction. Eventually a balance is attained such that the chemical reaction supports the shock. In this process material is consumed several order of magnitude (103-108) faster than in a flame, making detonation easily distinguishable from other energy release processes.

For example, a good solid explosive converts energy at a rate 1010 W/cm2 in the detonation front. For perspective, this is hundred times higher energy flux than regular laser or energy beam. Our analysis of the problem reveals that four different regimes of operation can exist: kinetic, slow SHS deflagration, fast SHS deflagration and SHS detonation. The kinetic regime is extremely slow and is important only in corrosion science. A typical SHS reaction, which have been studied so far is of the type of slow SHS deflagration. If mixture of ultra-fine particles is thermally initiated, the velocity of propagation are in the range of 10-800m/s and we refer to this regime as a fast deflagration SHS. However, if such a mixture of powders is initiated by a shock wave a fast detonation regime can result with velocities 4-10km/s.

We call this regime a SHS detonation regime. The lecture will discuss following problems: • reactivity and shear stress • stored energy in nano-particles • reaction and role of diffusion • ultra-fine particles and detonation • potential for the new type of explosives • nano-sized slurries in hydrocarbons • amorphous carbon as fuel

1:10 PM         
   Experimental and Modeling Studies of Self-Sustaining Reactions between Nanopowders

Chris J. Bulian, Chemical and Biological Engineering, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, 501 E. St. Joseph Street, Rapid City, SD 57701, Stanley Smith, Black Hills State University, Spearfish, SD 57799, and Jan A. Puszynski, S.D. School of Mines and Technology, Chemistry and Chem. Eng. Dept., 501 E. St. Joseph Street, Rapid City, SD 57701.

During the past several years, a significant effort has been on investigation of reaction front propagation and the rate of energy release in heterogeneous systems consisting of nanopowder reactants1,2. Substantial size reduction of each reactant powder (e.g. from micro- to nano-size) leads to increase of reaction front propagation in some systems under unconfined conditions by approximately two to three order of magnitude3. This is accomplished when nano-sized fuel and oxidizer particles are mixed. The scaling of these reactants to the nano-scale has allowed for several capabilities and applications that were not previously possible with conventional micro-sized thermite mixtures.

A significant size reduction of reactant powders allows more intimate contact. As a consequence of this significant reduction of size, new issues such as dispersion and mixing of reactants, safety, and surface functionalization of fuel particles in order to minimize potential undesired reaction with oxygen and water vapor must be addressed.4 Contemporary work in this area primarily revolves around experimental effort; therefore, there is a need to develop reliable models describing propagation of reaction fronts which are accompanied by gas expansion in different geometric configurations. Prior modeling studies involving strongly exothermic heterogeneous reactions focused primarily on two general types of systems.

The first considers “gasless” conductively driven combustion fronts whereas the second describes combustion fronts propagated by exothermic reaction a solid reactant and gas which is transported to the reaction zone through the porous structure (filtered combustion).5, 6 This contribution will focus on both experimental and modeling studies of reaction front propagation in cylindrical tubes. Different cylindrical setups with one or both ends open are considered. Experimental results have revealed that the combustion front velocity in “almost” gasless reacting system consisting of aluminum and iron oxide nanopowders is very sensitive to the place of reaction initiation within the cylindrical tube and configuration setup.

In addition, another reacting system consisting of aluminum and copper oxide nano-reactants, which is characterized by partial vaporization of reaction products, was investigated using similar geometric configurations. Experimental determination of kinetic constants for both heterogeneous reacting systems was done using differential scanning calorimetry. Utilizing this data, mathematical models describing reaction front propagation in cylindrical tubes in the presence of gas expansion were developed. The effect of pressure generation due to inert gas expansion in porous matrix and/or partial product vaporization as well as reactant composition, porosity, and geometric setup on dynamic characteristics, such as temperature, pressure, conversion, reaction zone dimension, and gas velocity will be discussed.

References 1. C.E. Aumann, G.L. Skofronick, and J.A. Martin, Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology B 13(2): 1178-1183 (1995). 2. C.J. Bulian, T.T. Kerr, and J.A. Puszynski, “Ignition Studies of Aluminum and Metal Oxides Nanopowders”, The International Pyrotechnics Society, 31st International Pyrotechnics Seminar, Fort Collins, Co, 327-338, (2004). 3. S.F. Son, H.L., B.W. Asay, J.R. Busse, B.S. Jorgensen, B. Bockmon, and M. Pantoya, “Reaction Propagation Physics of Al/MoO3 Nanocomposite Thermites,” The International Pyrotechnics Society, 28th International Pyrotechnics Seminar, Adelaide, Australia, November 4-9, 2001. 4. J.A. Puszynski, C.J. Bulian, and J.J. Swiatkiewicz, “The Effect of Nanopowder Attributes on Reaction Mechanism and Ignition Sensitivity of Nanothermites”, 2005 MRS Proceedings, Boston, MA, Nov 28 – Dec 2, 2005 (in print). 5. A.G. Merzhanov, “Theory and Practice of SHS: Worldwide State of the Art and the Newest Results,” International Journal of Self-Propagating High-Temperature Synthesis, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 113-158, 1993. 6. A. Varma, A.S. Rogachev, A.S. Mukasyan, and S. Hwang, “Combustion Synthesis of Advanced Materials: Principles and Applications,” Adv. in Chem. Eng., vol. 24, pp. 79-225, 1998.
Now, who is Laserlith, and what do they have to do with this?:


1440 Broadway, Suite 713
Oakland, CA 94612
Topic#:    (510) 286-0154
Gina Kim
ARMY 08-052      Awarded: 11/6/2008
Title:   Development of Nanothermite-Based Microthrusters
Abstract:   Low Cost Course Correction Technology (LCCCT) can improve the accuracy and dispersion of gun launched projectiles, mortars and rockets. Based on microthrusters that provide altitude control and pointing, LCCCT can compensate for system errors by trajectory in- flight. Laserlith Corporation, in collaboration with Dr. Jan Puszynski and his research group, will demonstrate a microthruster based on metastable intermolecular composites (MIC). MIC materials will improve performance in terms of energy release and ignition. This work will also be accompanied by more fundamental research of burning characteristics of nanomaterials in various environments.

Laserlith is focused on delivering reliable and high performance communications equipment to the warfighter. Improved communications will enable the military to reduce the number of friendly fire incidents and rapidly achieve battlefield dominance. The technology under development is a high speed directional antenna that can be electronically steered. This Electronically Steered Antenna is critical for maintaining alignment between the transmitter and the receiver in platforms that are on the move, such as UAVs and ground vehicles. Laserlith's ESA is based on ultra-low-loss phase shifter components providing higher power efficiency and requiring smaller footprint in the overall system.

The Laserlith team is tackling this challenging problem by developing micromachined based antennas that are light-weight and require significantly lower power consumption than conventional electronically steered antenna technology. This technology is particularly timely, as conventional ESAs are too expensive and power hungry for the man-portable systems and UAVs.

About Us

Laserlith's ESA program is performed under the management of the Army Research Laboratory and the Air Force Research Laboratory. The program is in collaboration with the University of North Dakota, where the antenna testing and UAV integration will be performed. Our goal is to fly a Laserlith ESA on a UAV by 2010.



For military customers, Laserlith will supply entire systems or antenna components such as MEMS phase shifters and RF MEMS switches.

For consumer customers, our RF MEMS switches can provide load-match, antenna-select and filter preselect switching.



The electronically steered antenna is based on high reliability MEMS switching technology. Our MEMS switches have demonstrated high reliability (>100 billion cycles) and low insertion loss from DC to 40 GHz. Our MEMS switches are produced using a proprietary low-cost surface micromachining process with an integrated hermetic package that has been qualified for operating under harsh military environments. Each antenna consists of a NxN array of phase shifter modules based on our MEMS switches. Phase shifter design is performed inhouse as well as in collaboration with Purdue University

Wow, vaccines keep showing up in the picture and I'm not even looking for any info about vaccines whatsoever, you cannot make this shit up.


May 02, 2008

Hoeven Presents $1.5 Million Check To UAS Center Of Excellence

GRAND FORKS, ND – Gov. John Hoeven today presented a ceremonial $1.5 million state check to the UND Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Center of Excellence to support the Center’s efforts to commercialize UAS technologies and applications.

Although UAS technology has been a mainstay of military operations for a number of years, the commercialization of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for civilian applications is in its infancy. The UAS industry is expected to expand to a $23 billion industry within the next few years as leading aircraft manufacturers such as Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, and Boeing (all partners of the UAS Center of Excellence) develop UAVs for commercial use in areas such as homeland security, law enforcement, agricultural operations, forestry, and weather forecasting.

“The UAS Center of Excellence leverages UND’s international reputation in aerospace and positions North Dakota to be a leader in this emerging industry that which significant growth potential,” Gov. John Hoeven said. “The interest in the Center by private sector partners speaks volumes about UND’s credibility and the potential of this building industry.”

The grant will be matched with $3 million in private sector and federal contributions to support an additional 50 high-value UAS industry jobs -- 40 private and 10 public sector. It is the Center’s second state grant, bringing total state funding to $2.5 million, and total matching funds to $7.2 million, for a total of nearly $10 million.

“All private industry partners for the UAS Center of Excellence have approached UND because of our reputation in aviation education excellence,” said Bruce Smith, dean of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences. “The opportunities are huge. We definitely see the UAS industry as a major growth industry for many years to come.”

The UAS Center of Excellence draws talented researchers from across UND’s campus including the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, the School of Engineering and Mines, the Northern Plains Center for Behavioral Research, and the Center for Innovation. UND is working with the Federal Aviation Administration to create one of three centers for UAS test and evaluation within the United States.

Private sector partners for the UAS Center of Excellence include: AAI/Aerosonde, American Crystal Sugar Company, Appareo Systems, Boeing, Cirrus Design, Composite Engineering, Diamond Aircraft, Frasca International, General Atomics, General Dynamics, Hamilton Sundtrand, Ideal Aerosmith, Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing, LaserLith Corporation, Lockheed Martin, Mayo Clinic, Microsoft, Micro Systems Technology, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Science Application Int'l Corporation, SEO Precision, Alion.

Highlights of the Center’s work to date include:

    * Berkeley, Calif., based Laserlith Corporation has established a presence in Grand Forks because of the UAS Center. Laserlith is projecting the creation of up to 100 manufacturing jobs.
    * The Center employs 23 people at $1.7 million total payroll.
    * High-tech prototype systems created at the Center have been tested and flown on Lockheed Martin’s Sky Spirit UAS and Raytheon’s Cobra UAS.
    * The UAS attended and presented at 11 national and international conferences on UAS industry development.
    * The Center submitted a SBIR grant proposal to the USDA to help pursue a UAS deployed biosensor project.
    * The United States Air Force Battle Lab funded a $3.76 million contract to research the potential of using gang phased array radar to measure the UAS sense and avoid issue.

Background On Centers Of Excellence Program

The concept behind a Center of Excellence is to partner our university system with private sector businesses. The Centers are investments in the infrastructure and research capacity at state colleges and universities in order to stimulate North Dakota’s world-class students and scientists to find ways to commercialize new ideas into products, skills and services. The Centers create and attract new businesses and career-path jobs.

The North Dakota Department of Commerce released a preliminary status report on the Centers in March which indicates that the state’s $23 million investment is being matched by $100 million in private sector and federal investment and contributing to a direct annual payroll of $21 million. A total of 102 private sector companies are participating in the Centers of Excellence program. Sixteen new or expanded businesses have been launched. Total direct, supported and projected job creation is 3,500.


Senator says legislation will boost Red River Valley Research Corridor

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

CONTACT: Justin Kitsch
or  Brenden Timpe
PHONE: 202-224-2551

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) --- U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) announced Tuesday that House and Senate negotiators have agreed on legislation that will give a well-deserved raise to U.S. military personnel and direct $44 million in federal funding to high-tech research and training projects in the Red River Valley Research Corridor.

Dorgan is a member of the House-Senate conference committee that negotiated the final version of the Fiscal Year 2007 Defense Appropriations bill. He worked to include a pay raise for military personnel of 3.5 percent – a larger increase than recommended by the President.

Dorgan also secured $44 million for high-tech projects in North Dakota. Among them are projects to develop vaccines that will protect troops in the field, cutting-edge research to develop new technology that will give soldiers a leg up on the battlefield, and a training course that will bring West Point cadets to the state to learn to fly helicopters.

“Our military personnel are serving their country with honor in a difficult time, and they deserve the raise we are providing in this legislation,” Dorgan said. “The high-tech research and training in this bill will also strengthen our military while boosting the Red River Valley Research Corridor. That’s good for our country and good for North Dakota.”

The compromise bill will get a final vote in the House and Senate before being sent to the President. A list of North Dakota projects in the bill is below.

Universal Description, Discovery and Integration $2.8 million

This project will allow Minot’s InfoTech to provide for the first time a single web-based location where the Department of Defense can access military databases around the world, while still protecting sensitive data. It is part of the effort to build a worldwide Department of Defense information network called the Global Information Grid. This project is critical to ensuring the U.S. military has “information dominance” on the battlefield.

Air Battle Captain ROTC Helicopter Training $2 million

This funding will enable UND to continue training ROTC students to fly helicopters for the Army and to provide summer helicopter flight training to West Point cadets. This program relieves the strain on the Army helicopter pilot pipeline through Fort Rucker.

UND’s Center of Excellence for Defense UAV Education $3.2 million

This funding will support research at the University of North Dakota’s Center of Excellence for Defense UAV Education to help improve the nation’s unmanned aircraft systems. Projects the Center will work on include integrating UAVs into the national airspace system and operating UAVs in cold weather.

MEMS Antenna for Wireless Communications Supporting UAVs in the Battlefield
$2.4 million

This funding will be used by Laserlith Corporation of Grand Forks to develop a new generation of high-performance antennas that can be used in UAVs. The project will use state-of-the-art micro-electronic mechanical systems (MEMS) to reduce the cost, size and power consumption of high-performance antennas.

Advanced Tactical Fuels for the U.S. Military $2 million

This funding will be used by UND’s Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) to develop new types of cleaner, more efficient fuels for the U.S. military. EERC researchers will work to develop a system to produce hydrogen fuel, as well as an assortment of liquid fuels that are produced from coal and biomass.

Engineered Surfaces for Weapons Systems’ Life Extension $3 million

This funding would be used by Alion Science and Technology Inc. and UND to develop technology and production methods that increase the lifespan and improve the reliability of the engines, transmissions and drive systems of Army helicopters and vehicles.

Staph Vaccine $2 million

This funding will be used by NovaDigm, a company with facilities at UND’s new Research Park, to develop vaccines to prevent infections by Staph, which poses a serious threat to military personnel, especially those who have been wounded.

ParallelaVax Rapid Vaccine Testing Technology $2 million

This funding will be used by Aldevron, a North Dakota biotech company, to develop vaccines that can protect military personnel against high-priority biological threats such as botulinum toxin, Ebola and Marburg viruses, and influenza virus.

Electronics and Materials for Flexible Sensors and Transponders $3 million

This funding will be used by NDSU to employ state-of-the-art materials and manufacturing processes to design and create prototypes of flexible, low-cost, disposable radio-frequency sensors and transponders. Such components can be used covertly in the war on terrorism.

Parts-on-Demand for CONUS Operations $3.6 million

This funding will be used for a precision manufacturing facility that is being set up on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation to provide specially fabricated replacement parts to Army units in the United States. This facility will significantly reduce the idle days that result when vehicles have to wait for needed parts from the standard supply network, particularly for parts that are in short supply or no longer manufactured.

Advanced Fouling and Corrosion Control Coatings $2 million

This funding will be used by NDSU’s Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering to help develop environmentally compliant coatings to protect ships against fouling and corrosion. This will save the Navy hundreds of millions of dollars per year in maintenance and fuel costs.

Autonomous Border and Intrusion Surveillance Sensor Networks $2 million

This funding will be used by Pedigree Technologies, a Fargo-based company, to develop technology that will significantly improve the military’s ability to monitor borders and facilities in remote areas.

Detecting and Inhibiting Corrosion on Army Vehicles $1.2 million

This funding will be used by NDSU and Turtle Mountain Manufacturing, a Native American-owned company in North Dakota, for a project aimed at extending the life of Army vehicles. Researchers will work to develop novel ways to detect corrosion in military vehicles before it is visible, as well as to find ways to replace the old coatings now used with more effective corrosion control coatings.

Durable Hybrid Coatings for Aircraft Systems $1.2 million

This funding will be used by NDSU to develop environmentally compliant and longer-lived anti-corrosion coatings needed to protect aircraft against weathering and corrosion. This project is part of an Air Force program aimed at eliminating $150 million a year in costs from dealing with hazardous wastes associated with painting, stripping and repainting aircraft.

Spartan Advanced Composite Technology $1.6 million

This funding will be used by Fargo’s Space Age Synthetics to improve the performance of the Spartan, an unmanned Navy patrol vessel. This project will be used to demonstrate whether the Spartan’s performance can be improved by significantly reducing the vessel’s weight by replacing engine covers and other components with components made from composite materials.

Aircraft Logging and Recording for Training (ALERTS) $1.6 million

This funding will be used by Fargo-based Appareo Systems for a project aimed at improving military flight training and safety. The project will evaluate the use of a flight tracking and data program that identifies abnormal events and risks that could lead to an accident, for use in mission rehearsal and analysis.

Miniaturized Wireless Sensor Systems and Components $3.6 million

This funding will be used by NDSU’s Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering to develop and prototype advanced wireless components for U.S. government customers.

Demonstrations, Tests and Evaluations of Microsensors and Miniaturized Wireless Systems
$4.8 million

This funding will be used to support demonstrations, operational tests and evaluations of state-of-the-art technology that was developed by NDSU and its industrial partners. One technology uses microsensors to improve the military’s awareness of potential threats and the defense of high-value targets. The other features miniature wireless components that collect and transmit information using very little power.



University of North Dakota Research Foundation

The University of North Dakota Research Foundation (UNDRF) was formed to assist the University of North Dakota to advance its research agenda, to commercialize its university innovations and discoveries, and to create economic opportunities for Grand Forks and the State of North Dakota.

UNDRF works with UND to build successful and strategic partnerships between the university and private companies, resulting in mutual gains for each.

Currently, six companies (Avianax, NovaDigm, Laserlith, Alion, Inc., and Ideal Aerosmith) representing four life sciences and advanced technologies clusters are designing research and office space that meet their needs. Most of the companies are coming from out of state to work with UND faculty on research projects or develop relationships for student intern programs.

See:  http://dakotadefensealliance.com/

A 'Cluster of Creativity'

Engineering and biotech firms beat a path to
UND's new research incubator

By David Dodds


By David Dodds

The “REAC 1,” which houses the University of North Dakota’s Center of Excellence in Life Sciences and Advanced Technologies (COELSAT), is the culmination of several years of planning.

Now nearing reality, the $16 million-plus, 50,000-square-foot REAC 1 will provide a research and development hub to increase UND’s output of innovative patents and get them commercialized with corporate partners.

It also signals the brick-and-mortar launch of the UND Research Foundation’s (UNDRF) Research Enterprise and Commercialization (REAC) Park, a place where high-tech businesses can set up shop, grow, and build production operations close by.

It’s all about “clustering,” according to Jim Petell, UNDRF executive director.

“The whole idea is to bring new companies here to North Dakota to develop new growth market segment clusters,” Petell said.  It is anticipated that 70 new jobs will be created in North Dakota within the next year alone as a result of the onset of REAC 1 and the companies it hosts.

Within REAC 1, the COELSAT will feature six companies working in one of two research clusters: life sciences or advanced technology.  The companies all have ties to UND researchers and students.  Four are a mix of established and burgeoning engineering firms; the other two specialize in the development of innovative vaccines and therapeutics for infectious diseases.

The companies are Avianax, Inc., Grand Forks; NovaDigm Therapeutics, Inc., Los Angeles; Ideal Aerosmith, East Grand Forks; Alion Science and Technology, McLean, Va.; Laserlith Corp., Grand Forks; and SUNRISE Renewables, Grand Forks.  The UND units working with these partners include the School of Engineering and Mines’ Engineered Surfaces Center and the School of Medicine and Health Sciences’ Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

Even before the first experiment is conducted in REAC 1, Petell’s clustering vision has taken firm hold.  The new COELSAT tenant companies are rubbing elbows with each other, working collaboratively on new business developments that one day could be patented, and possibly mass produced, in new centers in the REAC Park or elsewhere in North Dakota.

The opportunity to explore partnerships with other high-tech engineering companies is exactly what drew the attention of Ideal Aerosmith, a world leader in motion simulation and navigational testing.
Synergies abound

Ideal Aerosmith comes highly regarded in the defense industry for its performance tests of instruments on airplanes, rockets and missile systems.  By teaming with another REAC 1 tenant, Laserlith, it has found a whole new niche to apply its expertise.

“We’ve already begun working with them on what could become a huge project for both of us in the oil industry,” said Lonnie Rogers, Ideal Aerosmith president.  Rogers has been a strong supporter of the project and has accompanied Petell on several important trips to Bismarck for visits with governmental groups.

Laserlith president Cassindy Chao said her company’s expertise in wireless micro-machined components, or MEMS (microelectromechanical systems), is a natural fit for collaboration with Rogers’ company in the extreme environmental sensors market.

“We expect to find a lot of synergistic opportunities out there by working together,” Chao said.

Chao also looks forward to working with UND’s School of Engineering and Mines in designing, testing and demonstrating MEMS communication linkages on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).

“UND has the expertise,” Chao said.  “We have tremendous rapport with the professors at UND.  They are very knowledgeable and very experienced.”

Eventually, Laserlith plans to manufacture defense communication antennas and cell phone transmitter modules in Grand Forks using MEMS technology.

Chao said REAC 1 has everything her company needs for a successful launch in North Dakota, from security and surveillance for technology protection to ready-made office and conferencing spaces.

Just ‘makes sense’

Jim Richtsmeier, an Ideal Aerosmith senior vice president and a UND graduate, said REAC 1 is a perfect place to expand the research and development side of the company.  Most of Ideal Aerosmith’s work there will be in the area of mechanical and electrical engineering.  There may be some collaboration opportunities with UAS research as well, he said.

“There are two things that come to mind right off the bat why this makes sense for us,” Richtsmeier said.  “First, there’s the chance to network with other technology companies so that we can find ways to explore projects together.  Second, there’s the proximity to UND and the opportunity to work on projects with different government agencies, such as the Departments of Energy and Defense.”

The close working relationship with UND’s engineering school also should translate into a steady pool of high-quality employees for the company, Rogers said.

“We have worked with UND on similar projects previously,” he said.  “Several of our senior managers worked with Ideal as interns while studying at the University.  Ideal has real opportunity for growth, but to grow successfully, an excellent resource for additional people is always needed.”
Built to suit

Ideal Aerosmith officials also like how carefully the REAC 1 was designed by Perkins & Will and built by PCL Construction Services, Inc., both out of Minneapolis.  They incorporated special controls into the structure for vibration-sensitive equipment.  It’s an important consideration for the accuracy-dependent work that the company does for the U.S. military and other global customers.

The REAC 1’s design and components also have attracted companies such as NovaDigm Therapeutics, Inc., from the West Coast to the prairies of North Dakota.  The facility is equipped with several laboratories, including the only biosafety level-3 (BSL-3) research labs in North Dakota.

Special air-handling systems, which in some instances require four separate pressure changes before researchers can enter, are key features that make REAC 1 labs uniquely equipped to accommodate research on antibodies and vaccines for infectious diseases.

NovaDigm was founded in 2005 by six National Institutes of Health-funded academic scientists from the Division of Infectious Diseases at Harbor-University of California-Los Angeles Medical Center.  The company is developing a vaccine that targets both Candida and Staphylococcus aureus, which have been linked to thousands of deaths and hospital bills totaling $4 billion each year.

Tuomas Holmberg, NovaDigm vice president, said a discussion a few years ago with a group of researchers in Fargo led to the company’s involvement in the REAC 1.

“There is a push out there right now to put infrastructure in areas that don’t typically have it,” Holmberg said.  “What makes the REAC 1 and North Dakota stand out for us is their passion and the vision.  It’s something we don’t see as greatly in states on either coast.”

The right formula

As with the relationship Laserlith and Ideal Aerosmith have developed, NovaDigm officials see similar opportunities to collaborate with Avianax, Inc., the other biotech firm going into REAC 1.

Petell adds that both NovaDigm and Avianax will benefit from UND’s strong relationships with Winnipeg-based Cangene Corp., a major manufacturer of vaccines and antibodies for clinical testing, and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

“Who could believe what we’re seeing here today?” Petell asks rhetorically.  “I don’t think you even have these kinds of opportunities on the coasts.”

Another great example of the clustering phenomenon in action is the strategic alliance of Avianax with Aldevron, Fargo, to develop avian antibodies on a larger platform.   Aldevron’s DNA vaccine system, ParallelaVax, is an excellent fit for Avianax to more rapidly produce therapeutic antibodies.

Petell points out that none of the synergies would have occurred without REAC 1.  He touts a formula for success needed to develop cutting-edge research centers.  He calls it “The Four ‘I’s”:  intellectual capital, intellectual property, infrastructure and investment.

UND and partners such as the UNDRF have the ingredients in abundance.  The University supplies the intellectual and creative capital; the school’s technology transfer and commercialization office turns it into intellectual property and protects it; REAC 1 is the infrastructure that nurtures the technology and prepares it for mass production; and it’s all supported by investment from city, state and federal government.

What made REAC 1 a reality is a strong partnership between Gov. John Hoeven’s Centers of Excellence for Economic Development program and the city of Grand Forks, with the Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corp. being an early and active partner.  About $8.5 million was funded through bank loans and bonds; the remainder was supplied by investments from the Centers of Excellence program ($3.5 million), U.S. Economic Development Administration ($1.5 million), North Dakota Development Fund ($750,000), and the City of Grand Forks Growth Fund ($500,000).

Sen. Byron Dorgan’s vision for the Red River Valley Research Corridor was critical to attracting these companies to North Dakota.  Dorgan helped secure funding for these companies to develop and make their products in North Dakota.

Among those who will most immediately benefit from these partnerships are UND students through potential research experience and job prospects.

“We need to educate them,” said Petell, “and provide real-world research experience so we can help them succeed and, hopefully, stay here to work at these new companies that we’re growing in North Dakota.  That is the circle.”


Unmanned Aircraft Systems Action Summit Agenda
Day One – May 27 – Alerus Center  

7:45 – 8:30               Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 8:45               Welcome and Opening Remarks

    * Dr. Delore Zimmerman, Executive Director, Red River Valley Research Corridor
    * Dr. Robert Kelley, President, University of North Dakota
    * Dr. Bruce Smith, Dean, John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences


8:45 – 11:45            Emerging Paradigms of UA Pilot Training – Filling the Pilot Pipeline

Moderator: Al Palmer, John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, Flight Operations

Overview: The training needs of UA users vary considerably leading to different approaches to filling the pilot and operator pipeline.  In this session several pilot constituencies will describe their needs, discuss their plans to get there, and suggest ways that training organizations can meet their future needs.

    * Air Force, Colonel Christopher R. Chambliss, Commander, 432d Wing and 432d Air Expeditionary Wing, Creech Air Force Base, Nev.
    * Army, Lt. Col. Patrick T. Sullivan, Commander Unmanned Aircraft Systems Training Battalion
    * Customs and Border Protection (DHS) – Stephen J. Pitotti, Executive Director, Test, Training, Safety, and Standards

Networking Break – 15 minutes

    * Robbie Hood, NOAA, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program
    * Andrew Roberts, NASA, Airborne Science Director

Facilitated Discussion – Preparing the UAV Pilot/Operator of the Future

11:45 –12:30           Lunch in Exhibition Area

12:30 – 1:15            U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan

Major General Morrow
1st Air Force (AFNORTH), and Commander, Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.

1:15 – 1:45               Army UAS - Tying the Battlefield Together

    * Col. Jeffrey Kappenman, Training and Doctrine Command Capabilities Manager-UAS (TCM-UAS) US Army

1:45 – 3:45               Solution Sets for Meeting the Needs & Requirements of Pilot and Operator Training

Overview: Filling the pilot pipeline is essential for the UAS industry to realize its full potential – for both military missions and civilian applications.  Establishing training programs with basic and advanced knowledge requirements will facilitate access to airspace.

Moderator: William Watson, UND

    * Ben Trapnell, University of North Dakota,
    * Ted Beneigh, UAV/UAS Program Director, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
    * Kurt Barnhart, Director, UAS Program, Kansas State University

Networking Break – 15 minutes

    * Alan Mullen, President and CEO, CTI
    * Frank Delisle Vice-President of Engineering, L-3 Link Simulation & Training
    * Kenneth J. Stromquist, Jr., Director, Operations Business Development, Science Applications International Corporation

Facilitated Discussion – Filling the Pilot Pipeline

3:45  – 5:45              Emerging UA Technology and Operational Initiatives in the Red River Valley

Moderator:  Delore Zimmerman, Executive Director, Red River Valley Research Corridor

Overview:  The Grand Forks region is home to a number of emerging UA training, technology and operational initiatives involving corporate and university collaborations.  A Community Base Enhancement Initiative (CBEI) has been established to develop research and commercial projects related to UA logistics, flight and information systems and manufacturing.   This session will highlight initiatives now underway here in the region and their implications for future UA industry development.

    * Ed Walby, Ed Walby (Ret. USAF) Director, Business Development, HALE Systems Enterprise, Unmanned Systems, Northrop Grumman
    * Maynard C. Herting, Jr., Program Manager, Grand Forks AFB, ND, Aircraft Systems Group, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems
    * Rich Fagan, AAI Corporation

Break – 15 minutes

    * Paul McDuffee, InSitu
    * Jim Utt, Defense Engineering Corporation
    * Cassindy Chao, Laserlith Corporation
    * Machine Visionaries, Richard Schulz and Florent Martel

5:45                          Reception in Exhibition Area

7:00                           Dinner

Grand Forks – The Future is Here Briefing
Col. John Michel, Commander, GFAFB
Diane Blair, Coordinator, Base Realignment Impact Committee (BRIC)

Keynote Speech

    * Lieutenant General Harry M. Wyatt III, Director, Air National Guard

8:30                           Advisory Board Meeting, UND Center of Excellence for UAS Research, Education and Training @ the Alerus Center        

Day Two – May 28 – Grand Forks Air Force Base

8:00 – 9:00               Arrival at Air Base - Northern Lights Club
                                 Continental Breakfast
                                 Welcome from Col. John Michel, Commander, GFAFB

9:00 – 10:30            Airspace for UA Training and UA Missions

Overview: Access to airspace is a key ingredient in enabling the performance of domestic UA missions and an essential ingredient for completion of the full-range of training functions that are needed to prepare aircrews now and in the future.  This session will address the current situation and emerging developments surrounding airspace access, including the mix of simulator and airspace training that is needed to prepare aircrews.

    * John Allen, Director of Flight Standards Service (to be confirmed)
    * Doug Marshall, UND – Aviation Rulemaking Committee
    * Col. Rick Gibney, Air National Guard
    * Lt. Col Dallas Brooks, Chief, UAS Integration Policy, Hq Air Force Pentagon

10:30 – 11:00          Maj Gen Michael C. Kostelnik (Ret. USAF), Air and Marine Assistant Commissioner

11:00 – 11:45          A Way Ahead          

Overview: This facilitated wrap-up session will discuss key findings and conclusions from the training, technology and airspace sessions and identify key steps for moving forward.

    * Facilitated Discussion: Doug Marshall, JD, UND Aerospace

12:00 – 1:00              Lunch at Northern Lights Club

1:00                           Predator Flight Demonstration – Mike Corcoran, Customs and Border Protection

2:00                           Tour of Grand Forks Air Force Base, Mary Giltner

3:00                           UND COE Bldg 607 Tour, Lt Col Mahoney

3:30                           Summit Wrap-Up and Debriefing at Northern Lights Club

Predator UAV Joins Red River Flood Fight

The national spotlight has been focused recently on Fargo-Moorhead’s battle with the rising Red river. One of the relatively unsung heroes in the flood fight is a Predator UAV operated by Customs and Border Protection, stationed at the Grand Forks Air Force Base. The Predator B unmanned aircraft has given emergency officials a bird’s-eye view of ice jams, bridges and rising and receding floodwaters up and down the Red River Valley. Radar images from the Predator also are helpful, as the unmanned aircraft can take photos for several days in a row to monitor changes in water levels and ice jams. According to a Grand Forks Herald report the images and video deliver a pretty big wow factor.

A Bold New Future is Emerging in the Red River Valley

A bold new future is emerging in the Grand Forks region and the Red River Valley Research Corridor as UAS operations of the Air Force, Customs and Border Protection and the North Dakota Air National Guard begin to ramp up.

Deployments of Predator and Global Hawk aircraft will be bolstered by world-class UA pilot training programs at the University of North Dakota’s John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences and exciting engineering and technology development initiatives at the School of Engineering and Mines. Many of these university programs and initiatives are collaborations with businesses in electronics, software, training, and advanced materials with many future joint projects on the horizon.

The vision and commitment of the community, region and state to the future of UAS is both forward looking and determined. Leadership at all levels – from the Congressional delegation, the governor and state, county and city leaders – is vigorously supporting military and civilian uses. A Community Base Enhancement Initiative – led by the City and County – is looking for ways and making resources available to accelerate the development of the UAS industry.

A bold new future of UAS is taking off right here in the Red River Valley Research Corridor.

Sustainable Energy Innovations Action Summit

Sustainable Energy Innovations Using High Performance Materials, Processes and Computing

About the Summit

Solutions to our nation's most pressing energy challenges are within reach, by having a fundamental understanding of advanced materials and chemical processes that control matter and energy at the electronic, atomic and molecular level. Nanoscience and advanced computational models and high performance computing capabilities can predict the behavior of materials before they are made­ opening new horizons for creating materials that do not occur in nature and are designed to accomplish specific tasks. These capabilities, unthinkable only a few years ago, create unprecedented opportunities to revolutionize the future of sustainable energy.

Transformational solutions to reducing imported oil dependency and carbon dioxide emission ­ from advanced biofuels to solar fuels and batteries to fuel cells- require breakthroughs in the fundamental understanding and control of materials and chemical change.

This summit will highlight leading edge science-driven energy research and development in the Red River Valley Research Corridor at North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota, as well as the capabilities of summit co-organizers Argonne National Laboratory and Northwestern University. These energy challenges can be effectively addressed through the development or regional partnerships between national laboratories, universities and industry.

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Red River Valley Research Corridor Action Summits

The Red River Valley Research Corridor and U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan work in cooperation with leading economic, science and technology-based organizations in North Dakota and the Great Plains region to organize action summits.

Action summits are high-impact conferences that have a razor-like focus on specific research and technology development opportunities in the region. The summits are intended to:

   1. Facilitate learning, networking and collaboration in the region.
   2. Connect with key partners in business and government from outside the region in a highly focused and purposeful manner.
   3. Showcase science and technology-based capabilities and initiatives in the Corridor.
   4. Engage key players inside and outside the region to put a focus on what do we do now and in the future to make the Red River Valley Corridor an epicenter of research, development and/or production in this particular science and technology field.

Previous Research Corridor action summits have focused on hydrogen energy, venture capital, radio frequency identification (RFID) technologies, polymers and coatings, life sciences, animal identification systems and unmanned aircraft systems.

The Red River Valley Research Corridor is an independent non-profit corporation committed to catalyzing and promoting science, technology and engineering initiatives that create new opportunities in the region

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