A Michigan State University electrical engineer is a national finalist in the Naval Research Concept Challenge hosted by the Office of Naval Research.
Shanelle Foster, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, is supporting the Navy and Marine Corps of the future with her research on 3D printing of magnetic cores used in electrical motors.
Foster hopes to help the Navy eliminate the logistical difficulties of needing spare motors and generators in the middle of the ocean.
“We were challenged to provide something for the Navy and Marine Corps that they haven’t thought of yet,” Foster said.
Her work was among nine projects highlighted at the Naval Future Force Science and Technology Expo in Washington, D.C., in July.
U.S. Chief of Naval Research Rear Admiral David Hahn introduced Foster as a finalist in the concept challenge.
“The visionary ideas that we received from challenge participants will enable us to get out in front of the rapid, ever-accelerating technology development and deployment cycle,” Hahn said.