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Princeton fund awards money to science, engineering projects

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Princeton University’s Eric and Wendy Schmidt Transformative Technology Fund has awarded money to three projects in the field of science and engineering.

The projects being funded aim to improve understanding of social interaction, uncover new materials for quantum computers and bring 3-D printing into widespread use for manufacturing parts and products.

A faculty-led committee chose projects for their innovativeness and potential to create positive societal impact.

Eric and Wendy Schmidt created the $25 million endowment fund in 2009 for the invention, development and utilization of cutting-edge technology that will transform research in the natural sciences and engineering.

Eric Schmidt earned his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Princeton in 1976 and is the former executive chairman of Alphabet, the parent company of Google.

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David Hutter

David Hutter

David Hutter grew up in Darien, Conn., and covers higher education, transportation and manufacturing for NJBIZ. He can be reached at dhutter@njbiz.com.

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