October 13, 2017
Christopher Tuan, professor of civil engineering, received the 2017 TechConnect Defense Innovation Award during the Defense Innovation Summit, Oct. 3-5 in Tampa, Florida. The award recognized Tuan's development of concrete that can shield structures against electromagnetic pulses: high-energy bursts of electromagnetic waves that can disable electronics and power grids. Tuan's research has also developed another formulation of the concrete that can conduct just enough electric current to offer de-icing capabilities. Only 15 percent of innovations submitted to the Defense Innovation Summit were selected for the award.