College of Engineering faculty receive grants and funding from a variety of sources to support their research.
Some of the recent research funding recieved by our facuty is listed below.
Energy Week Poster and Multimedia Competition
Scott Institute for Energy Innovation
The Scott Institute awarded $2,500 in student prizes in the annual CMU Energy Week Poster and Multimedia Competition. Among the winners were a large number of engineering students from a variety of disciplines:
- 1st Place: Gurjyot Sing Sethi,
Ph.D.student in MechE
- Tie for 2nd Place: Yian Wang, master’s student in EST&P
- Tie for 2nd Place: Jacob Ward,
Ph.D.student in EPP
- Best Undergraduate Student Poster: Rhiannon Farney, senior in MechE and EPP; Velisa Li, senior in ChemE and EPP; and Ana Cedillo, senior in MechE and EPP
Koopman quoted on self-driving technology
Consumer Affairs recently discussed the future of self-driving technology with ECE’s Philip Koopman. Koopman believes that there are steps that should be taken now to correct some of the issues within the industry. For example, “If you only collect your data by driving around, and you're in a city without a lot of bicyclists,” he says, “you're not going to be very good at identifying them.”
Scott Institute announces seed grants
Recently announced funding from the Scott Institute for Energy Innovation will stimulate new research initiatives ranging from developing a tool that can help people assess the climate risks of hydroelectric projects globally to finding a way to produce semiconductors economically for use in ultra-high efficiency power electronic devices. The four projects that will be funded by this round of seed grants were awarded to:
- MSE’s Noa Marom in partnership with Machine Learning's Barnabas Poczos for “Data Driven Discovery of Singlet Fission Materials”
- MSE’s Lisa Porter, in collaboration with MSE’s Robert Davis and Yoosuf Picard and ChemE’s Erik Ydstie for “To Demonstrate the Growth of Gallium Oxide Crystal Layers”
- CEE/EPP’s H. Scott Matthews in collaboration with CEE’s Costa Samaras, EEP’s Paulina Jaramillo, and CEE/EPP’s Ana Caceres for “Reduced–form Risk Models for Hydropower Projects Under Climate Change”
- MSE’s Bryan Webler, in partnership with MSE’s Vincent Sokalski for “Corrosion Behavior of Variable Composition Steel Thin Films for Sensor Applications”
Yu and Chase quoted in Quanta on roadblocks to learning
Quanta Magazine quoted BME/ECE’s Byron Yu and BME’s Steve Chase on their research of learning. Much research on intelligence emphasizes brain plasticity, the ability to respond and adapt to new information. But, Yu and Chase show the stubbornness of the brain to change. They researched the motor cortex of monkeys and discovered that, as the subjects learned new tasks, the cortex inefficiently repeated and reassociated old neural activity patterns to suit the new actions. This research provides new insights into the short-term constraints of plasticity. For the long-term, Yu and Chase postulated these insights might explain how novices and experts process information.
ECE students win Influenster Scholarship for Women in STEM
Two ECE master’s students, Sanika Kapale and Lisa Yan, won two of five 2018 Influenster scholarships for women in STEM. Influenster is a female-founded technology company that aims to raise awareness of gender inequality in STEM, as well as narrow the gap by empowering more women to pursue careers in STEM.
Measuring macro with micro
College of Engineering’s Rebecca Taylor earns funding from the U.S. Air Force’s Young Investigator Research Program to develop next generation sensors with DNA and PNA.
ECE's Pulkit Grover and Shawn Kelly and their research team received an award from the Chuck Noll Foundation for Brain Injury Research. The group plans to study brain tsunamis and methods by which to monitor and treat their effects. The Foundation honors the emphasis that Chuck Noll placed on “the need for a better understanding of sports-related brain injuries.”
CMU partnered with Northwestern University to establish a center for Cleantech Entrepreneurial Excellence. The center receives support from The Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator. Through the partnership, both universities seek to better understand innovation and entrepreneurship in clean energy technology, and to apply this knowledge to enhancing societal outcomes. The center hopes to spur innovators in energy to further their work and successes.
CMU and Northwestern launch clean energy center funded by Wells Fargo
Carnegie Mellon University
Recently, Carnegie Mellon University, in partnership with Northwestern University, received funding from The Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator to establish a new center for Cleantech Entrepreneurial Excellence. One of the goals of the center is to help researchers and scientists better understand how clean technology, energy innovation, and entrepreneurship differ from other technology sectors. “Often the models for how to advance innovation come from the information technology (IT) sector and from California and Cambridge,” says EPP’s Deborah Stine, associate director for Policy Outreach at CMU’s Scott Institute. “The plan for our study is to identify how energy innovation differs from other sectors, like IT, and then to hold workshops with energy entrepreneurs and experts from outside these regions ... to account for those differences.” The ultimate goal, Stine says, is to “develop a primer that emerging energy innovators and entrepreneurs might use to enhance their potential for success in each step of the innovation process.”
ECE/CyLab’s Anthony Rowe will head the Computing on Network Infrastructure for Pervasive Perception, Cognition, and Action Research Center—CONIX—to work toward improving Internet of Things (IoT) networks. The new center, housed on Carnegie Mellon’s campus, received $27.5 million in funding from Semiconductor Research Corp. and the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA). CONIX brings together researchers from six U.S. universities who will seek to develop faster, more secure, more robust networks for connecting smart devices to the cloud.
Jayan wins ARO Young Investigator Award
The Army Research Office recently granted Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering B. Reeja Jayan the Young Investigator Award—the most prestigious award granted by the US Army.
Air Force gives materials a second look
B. Reeja Jayan, an assistant professor of MechE, has been awarded a Young Investigator Research Program grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.
DOE selects Litster for $2 million research grant
MechE’s Shawn Litster has been selected to receive $2 million in DOE funding for fuel cell research.
Pozzi receives NSF CAREER Award
The National Science Foundation has awarded CEE Assistant Professor Matteo Pozzi the NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award.
2017 Scott Institute Seed Grants fund energy researchers
The Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation has announced the 2017 recipients of its annual Seed Grants for Energy Research, which support faculty research in energy, environment, and policy.
CMU awarded $10M to improve health outcomes
Carnegie Mellon launches a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional research center, funded by a $10M grant from the Environmental Protection Agency.
Monitoring air pollution in Pittsburgh
Motivated by the need to improve air quality and human health, Carnegie Mellon researchers were awarded a $750K NCER STAR grant by the EPA for monitoring air pollution in Pittsburgh communities.
Ubiquitous liquids of the complex kind
Bob Tilton receives NSF grant to explore the forces that cause particles to suspend or aggregate in complex fluids.