$700,000 In Grants Awarded To 9 UTC Researchers

Friday, August 11, 2017 - by Shawn Ryan, UTC

The Center of Excellence in Applied Computational Science and Engineering has awarded almost $700,000 in grants to nine UTC researchers for the 2017-2018 academic year. The grant projects focus on research in the fields of Urban Science, Energy and Environment, Defense and Aerospace, and Biomedical. 

The grants were awarded to: 

$92,000 — Dr. Mina Sartipi in collaboration with Dr. Farah Kandah and Dr. Zhen Hu. “Enabling Wireless 3C Technologies for Smart and Connected Cities” examines how to design a wireless network that utilizes wireless 3C (Communication, Computing, and Caching) technologies to support and advance Smart City initiatives. 

$91,978 — Dr. Donald Reising in collaboration with Dr. Daniel Loveless. “Unlocking the Secrets of RF-DNA Fingerprinting” will study methods of enhancing the security of wireless networks and the information transmitted through them. 

$91,906 — Dr. Hong Qin in collaboration with Dr. Craig Tanis. “Connecting the Control Theory of Engineering to a Network Theory of Cellular Aging in Biology” studies genes and their interactions that affect cellular aging with the goal of determining which genes promote long life. 

$89,211 — Dr. Soubantika Palchoudhury in collaboration with Dr. Abdollah Arabshahi. “Computational Fluid Dynamic Approach to Predict Transport and Distribution of Nanodrugs.” Seen as the next-generation solution in the field of biomedicine, nanodrugs are still in the developmental stage. The project uses computational models to predict the factors that affect how a specific nanodrug will be transported through the body.

$88,998 — Dr. Hope Klug in collaboration with Dr. Jennifer Boyd and Dr. Hong Qin. “The Development and Application of Computational Tools to Address Fundamental Questions in Ecology and Evolution” uses large databases compiled in recent years on biological research to explore questions on ecology and evolution on a broad scale.

$84,771 — Dr. Feng Bao in collaboration with Dr. Kidambi Sreenivas and Dr. Jin Wang. “Computational Modeling and Uncertainty Quantification for Wave Energy,” an investigation into ocean waves and their potential use as a green source of energy.

$68,085 — Dr. Kidambi Sreenivas in collaboration with Dr. Abdollah Arabshahi. “Development of Computational Aeroacoustics Capability for Aerospace/Defense Applications” uses computer software to simulate the type of noise prevalent in aeronautics and ultimately find ways to reduce that noise.

$49,902 — Dr. Endong Wang with Dr. Neslihan Alp. “Robust Multifactor Framework for Large-scale Fault Detection and Diagnosis in Energy Systems of the U.S. Commercial Buildings” will examine ways to reduce energy use in commercial buildings.

$27,481 — Dr. Bradley Harris in collaboration with Dr. David Giles and Dr. Ethan Hereth. “A Computational Study of the Impact of Fatty Acid Substitutions on the Vibrio cholerae Outer and Inner Membranes” will look at membranes of the bacteria responsible for cholera to better understand how it adapts to its environment.



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