Partnerships That Make a Difference: Institute for Smart Structures

As part of the university’s successful Carnegie Community Engagement Classification application process, the Office of Research and Engagement has compiled a list of fifty of UT’s best community-campus partnerships. The university will be celebrating its status as an engaged institution throughout the year by featuring these individual examples in articles that highlight their unique contribution to the community.

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Institute for Smart Structures

The Institute for Smart Structures is a research center that combines materials science, engineering, and architecture to solve immediate problems and provide revolutionary concepts for new applications. Over the last decade, the institute has been a key partner in constructing three net-zero prototype buildings. One, a project that involved 150 undergrad and graduate students and faculty from eight disciplines, was selected as a finalist in an international Solar Decathlon competition. Another, the AMIE 1.0, is the world’s first net-zero structure entirely made from additively manufactured polymer.

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