National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS) - It is anticipated that a state-of-the-art Iowa Alliance for Wind Innovation and Novel Development could eventually include a division focused on large-scale testing of turbines and blades. The UI has experience in planning, constructing and operating one-of-a-kind large-scale test facilities. The NADS is the most advanced ground vehicle simulator in the world. It was developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at a cost of $60 million with an annual budget of $6 million to conduct research that will ultimately reduce the loss of lives and property on the nation’s roadways. The simulator consists of a dome with a vehicle cab inside. The vehicle is attached to a motorized turntable that allows the dome to rotate and simulate different driving conditions. Faculty and staff at the UI conduct both basic and applied research at the facility for the Federal Government as well as private industry. As a national, shared-use facility, the NADS is available for use by any group interested in utilizing driving simulation as a tool to advance productivity, promote safety and foster innovation.
Industry University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRC) have a successful record in nurturing cooperative research under various models. One example is the NSF funded program on photopolymerization. The mission of the IUCRC in Photopolymerization is to advance research through the unique opportunity for active collaborations among industrial and academic investigators who are exploring cutting-edge research and are developing novel applications based upon the unique set of advantages offered by this technology. The objectives of the IUCRC center are (1) to advance the fundamental understanding of fundamental and applied science key to the focus; (2) to establish a venue for active discussions and collaborations among industrial and academic researchers; (3) to explore high-risk, cutting-edge research that could lead to technological innovations; and (4) to promote and/or develop novel applications that exploit the unique set of advantages. This technology itself has important wind-related applications in manufacturing and performance, and also serves as an important model of corporate/university cooperation.