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Stan McKenzie and Hillary Clinton
Sen. Hillary Clinton chats with Provost Stanley McKenzie during a tour of the Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies. The center has conducted numerous projects related to extending the life of military equipment, such as the HMMVW shown here.

Support of RIT research is a sound investment for the Rochester region and the entire country, U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton says.

During a visit to campus May 5, Clinton formally presented $4 million to the Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies (CIMS). The funding will support research into alternative fuel sources and issues related to life-cycle engineering. Along with Sen. Charles Schumer, Clinton sponsored the funding as part of last year’s Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act, which authorizes funding for transportation programs through the 2009 federal fiscal year.

“This represents an important opportunity to create jobs and bring significant resources to the Rochester area,” says Clinton. “I am especially pleased to support RIT’s alternative fuels research, which may lead to reduced fuel costs and a cleaner environment. The dividends of this investment will pay off for years.”

CIMS has created the Alternative Energy Technology for Sustainable Transportation Systems program focused on expanding the use of fuels other than gasoline and diesel, extending the life cycle of vehicles and promoting the use of remanufactured components.

Nabil Nasr, RIT’s assistant provost and CIMS director, emphasizes that the goal of the program is to improve the performance, service life and safety of America’s public transportation fleet.

Also during her visit, the senator announced that the Senate Armed Services Committee has authorized $8 million for next fiscal year to support the center’s Defense Systems Modernization and Sustainment program. The program includes projects that extend the life and improve the performance of numerous military platforms, such as Light Armored Vehicles, resulting in significant cost savings to the U.S. government. CIMS has received
$24 million in federal support for this program since 1998.