May 2012


Major research publications/notable awards/appointments to national and international committees/officers in societies

Dr. James Rondinelli, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, was published in the journal Advanced Materials for his research in electrically switchable materials. Rondinelli’s research was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Basic Energy Sciences and Drexel University’s Office of the Provost.

Dr. James Tangorra, associate professor of mechanical engineering, received a five year $420,000 National Science Foundation Career Award for his work: Integrated Mechanics, Sensing, and Control in Multi-fin Swimming – Biological Strategies for Systems with Distributed Sensing, Actuation and Tunable Plant Properties.

Dr. Tangorra also received a three year $1,112,000 grant from the Office of Naval Research for his work: Fish Fins as Multifunctional Propulsive and Sensory Systems for Autonomous Operation in the Complex Underwater Environment. The grant is shared with Dr. George Lauder at Harvard University and Dr. Melina Hale at the University of Chicago.

To find out more details on these and other research updates in the CoE, visit their website here.

Dr. Mong-Ying Hsieh, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, was named a 2012 Young Investigator by the Office of Naval Research for her work with Collaborative Robots in Geophysical Flows: Understanding How Local Measurements Imply Global Structures. Dr. Hsieh will receive an award of $170,000 per year for three years to continue her research.

Dr. Paul Oh, department head of mechanical engineering and mechanics and Dr. Pramod Abichandani, assistant teaching professor of electrical and computer engineering, hosted an NSF Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) Career Workshop on March 30, 2012 at the Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building.

Dr. Yury Gogotsi, professor of materials science and engineering and colleagues were published in Nature Materials for Drexel Nanotechnology Institute’s research in carbide derived carbon electrodes.

Dr. Jason Baxter, assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering, recently published a review article on dye sensitized solar cells that was highlighted in this month's AVS Newsletter. The article, titled "Commercialization of dye sensitized solar cells: Present status and future research needs to improve efficiency, stability, and manufacturing", was published in the March/April 2012 issue of the Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A.

Dr. Sabrina Spatari, assistant professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering, has been invited by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service to consult on the life cycle evaluation of several biofuel projects in Uruguay with scientists at the National Institute of Agriculture Research (INIA) in Uruguay. The visit will take place the week of April 15th, in Montevideo. The group will visit several agricultural sites.

Dr. Ko Nishino, associate professor of computer science, and Louis Kratz, doctoral candidate of computer science, was chosen as the Spotlight Paper for the May 2012 issue of IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence.

Kevin Scoles, Associate Professor of the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department, has been chosen to receive the 2012 Faculty Advisor Award from SAE International to be presented during the Faculty Advisor & CDS Team Advisors meeting at the SAE 2012 World Congress & Exhibition on April 25, 2012.

New funding opportunities (both internal and external) as well as awards from internal competition

The W.W. Smith Charitable Trust supports basic medical research in cancer and AIDS research; grants seeking such support are due June 15, 2012. (note that heart-related research has a different deadline)

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) seeks to appoint up to 30 new biomedical researchers through a national open competition. The initiative represents an investment of approximately $200 million in basic biomedical research by the Institute. The application system will open on March 15, 2012 at 2 PM EDT. Applications must be submitted by June 13, 2012.