About the Center

In 2008, The Ohio State University, Lehigh University, the Colorado School of Mines, and The University of Wisconsin agreed to collaborate on the creation of the center. A full proposal for starting a National Science Foundation Industry and University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) was approved by the NSF in September 2010.



Technical needs related to materials joining in fossil energy, nuclear energy, alternative energy, energy efficiency, and energy storage applications can be grouped under six broad categories:

  • joining of existing materials
  • joining of new advanced materials
  • joining of dissimilar materials
  • additive manufacturing for hybrid materials
  • life extension of existing joints
  • rapid evaluation of life of weldments


The center works on research projects that include one or more of the following topics:

  • advanced joining processes
  • innovative process control and automation
  • material development
  • weldability and characterization
  • integrated process modeling