U of A prof helps with battlefield tool

(April 14, 2004) — (Fayetteville-AP) -- A University of Arkansas assistant professor is part of a team working to develop a flexible display that could put a computer screen on a soldier's wrist. In a news release, the university said Scott Mason is part of a nationwide team that recently received a 43-point-seven million dollar grant for the work. Mason is an assistant professor of industrial engineering at the university's Fayetteville campus. Mason's efforts will focus on how to produce the flexible displays most efficiently. The displays are the key component in thin computer screens that can be folded or rolled -- and can communicate troop and enemy positions, weather conditions and other battlefield data. The university said as many as six graduate students may be funded through the project.