UNO ENGINEERING: Damon Smith, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of New Orleans, has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the Louisiana Board of Regents to research ways to improve and expand the use of 3-D printed products. He will use the funding to explore additives for the raw material used in the most widely adopted form of 3-D printing. The ultimate goal is to improve the mechanical and optical properties of these products, which would result in wider range of applications for their use.

TULANE UPWARD BOUND: The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Tulane University’s Upward Bound program two grants totaling $2.5 million, doubling the size of the program that facilitates and supports college readiness and access for first-generation college students. The grants, which will be distributed over the next five years, will be used to expand participation of high school students in the program beginning with the 2017-18 academic year. At Tulane, Upward Bound is part of the College and Career Success initiatives program of the Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives.

TULANE SPORTS: The sport of sailing will be elevated from club to intercollegiate varsity status at Tulane University beginning with the 2018-19 academic year. The program will include women's, coed and team-racing teams. Tulane becomes the 15th NCAA Division I school to offer sailing as a varsity sport for women, including Boston College, College of Charleston, Cornell, Dartmouth, George Washington, Georgetown, Hampton, Harvard, Hawai'i, Navy, Old Dominion, South Florida, Stanford and Yale. With the elevation of sailing to the varsity level, Tulane will now sponsor 17 intercollegiate programs (six for men, 11 for women). Sailing is the first addition to the varsity sports offering at Tulane since beach volleyball and bowling were added as varsity sports beginning with the 2011-12 academic year.

NUNEZ INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY: The priority deadline is Aug. 1 for applications to the Industrial Technology Fast Track program at Nunez Community College. Classes begin Aug. 21. The program allows people with an associate's degree or higher to attain an associate degree in industrial technology in just 16 weeks. Industrial technology is a high-wage, high-skill and high-demand field with average starting salaries of $50,000 and above. To apply, visit www.nunez.edu or call (504) 278-6467.