TEES

Researchers granted Engineering Genesis Awards for Multidisciplinary Research

November 19, 2019
| By: Dr. Joya Mannan

The Engineering Genesis Award for Multidisciplinary Research was presented to 23 Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) researchers and their teams during the TEES Advisory Board meeting Nov. 15.

The award, which is presented to TEES researchers who have secured significant research grants of $1 million or more, were given to the following:

PI: Rodney Bowersox, aerospace engineering and director, Texas A&M National Aerothermochemistry and Hypersonics Laboratory.

  • $1.2 million grant from the Department of Energy-Office of Naval Research for “Turbulence Transport in Extreme Non-Equilibrium Environments.”

PI: Ya Wang, mechanical engineering.

  • $1 million grant from the Department of Energy for “SLEEPIR-Synchronized Low-Energy Electronically-chopped Passive Infrared Sensor for Occupancy Detection.”

PI: Dan Hill, petroleum engineering.

  • $1 million grant from Marathon Oil Company for “Marathon Oil Unconventional Fluid Flow/Enhanced Oil Recovery.”

PI: Vladislav Yakovlev, biomedical engineering.

  • $1.1 million grant from the Department of Health and Human Services-National Institutes of Health-National Institute of General Medical Science for “Brillouin Microscope for Biomedical Research.”

PI: David Staack, mechanical engineering and director, Engineering Laboratory Instruction. Co-PIs: Dion Antao, Alan Palazzolo and Li-Jung Tai, mechanical engineering.

  • $1.1 million grant from the Department of Energy for “Targeted Energy Focusing to Induce Micro-Cracking for Reduced Cutting Energy and Increased Rate of Penetration.”

PI: Zhangyang Wang, computer science and engineering. Co-PIs: Jack Mortazavi, computer science and engineering; and Xiaoning Qian, electrical and computer engineering.

  • $1.2 million grant from the Department of Defense-Air Force Research Laboratory for “Context-Aware Biomarker Discovery and Health Monitoring by Adaptive Integration of Heterogeneous Smartphone Signals.”

PI: Roozbeh Jafari, biomedical engineering. Co-PI: Jack Mortazavi, computer science and engineering.

  • $1.2 million grant from the Department of Health and Human Services-National Institutes of Health-National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering for “A Context-aware Cuff-less Wearable Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitor using a Bio-Impedance Sensor Array.”

PI: Mary Beth Hueste, civil and environmental engineering and associate department head for undergraduate programs. Co-PIs: Stefan Hurlebaus and John Mander, civil and environmental engineering; Anol Mukhopadhyay, Texas A&M Transportation Institute.

  • $1.3 million grant from the Texas Department of Transportation for “Utilization of UHPC Bridge Superstructures in Texas.”

PI: Carl Benner, electrical and computer engineering. Co-PIs: Karthick Muthu Manivannan and Jeffrey Wischkaemper, electrical and computer engineering.

  • $1.3 million grant from the Southern California Edison for “Wildfire Risk Reduction via Distribution Fault Anticipation Technology: Demonstration and Integration Collaboration at California Utilities.”

PI: Efstratios Pistikopoulos, chemical engineering and director, Texas A&M Energy Institute. Co-PI: Mahmoud El-Halwagi, chemical engineering.

  • $1.4 million grant from the Department of Energy for “Smart Manufacturing for Chemical Processing Energy Efficient Operation of Air Separation Unit.”

PI: Swaminathan Gopalswamy, mechanical engineering and co-director, Center for Autonomous Vehicles and Sensor Systems. Co-PI: Srikanth Saripalli, mechanical engineering and co-director, Center for Autonomous Vehicles and Sensor Systems.

  • $1.5 million grant from the Department of Defense-Army Research Laboratory for “ARCHES: Autonomous Resilient Cognitive Heterogenous Swarms (Off-Road Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) Mobility Technology Demonstrator Platform (MTDP)).”

PI: Katherine Davis, electrical and computer engineering. Co-PIs: Ana Goulart, engineering technology and industrial distribution; Thomas Overbye, electrical and computer engineering and director, Smart Grid Center; Daniel Ragsdale, computer science and engineering.

  • $2 million grant from the Department of Energy-Washington for “Deep Cyber-Physical Situational Awareness for Energy Systems: A Secure Foundation for Next-Generation Energy Management.”

PI: Arum Han, electrical and computer engineering. Co-PI: Arul Jayaraman, chemical engineering.

  • $2.3 million grant from the Department of Defense-Advanced Research Projects Agency for “iSENTRY: An Integrated Microfluidics-Enabled System for Phenotypic Detection of Biothreat Agents.”

PI: Karen Butler-Purry, electrical and computer engineering and associate provost for graduate and professional studies. Co-PIs: Stephanie Burrs and Irvin Osborbe-Lee, Prairie View A&M University; Mahmoud Khasawneh and John Kilburn, Texas A&M International University; Reuben May, sociology; Frank Pezold, Texas A&MUniversity-Corpus Christi; Christine Stanley, education and human development; Karan Watson, electrical and computer engineering and director, Institute for Engineering Education and Innovation.

  • $4 million grant from the National Science Foundation for “Louis Stokes STEM Pathways and Research Alliance: Texas A&M System/Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation.”

PI: Yassin Hassan, nuclear engineering. Co-PI: Sean McDeavitt, nuclear engineering and director, Nuclear Science and Science Center.

  • $5 million grant from Texas Thorium LLC for “Thorium Research Initiative.”

PI: Bahman Yazdani, associate director and research engineer, Energy Systems Laboratory (ESL). Co-PIs: Juan Carlos Baltazar, associate director and manager, ESL; David Claridge, mechanical engineering and director, ESL; Joseph Martinez, associate director and senior research engineer, ESL; Ahmet Ugursal and Carols Yagua, assistant research engineer, ESL.

  • $28 million grant from the City of Houston for “Interlocal Agreement for Project Design, Construction and Program Implementation of State Energy Conservation Office Loan Funded Energy Initiatives.”

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PI: M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor of engineering and national laboratories; dean of engineering, Texas A&M University; director, TEES. Co-PIs: Narasimha Annapareddy, associate agency director for strategic initiatives and centers, College of Engineering, Texas A&M and director, Advanced Scientific Computing Center; Brad Brown, military outreach and corps of cadets, Army Futures Command; Nancy Currie-Gregg, industrial and systems engineering; Yossef Elabd, chemical engineering and associate dean for research; Tim Green, civil and environmental engineering; Cynthia Hipwell, mechanical engineering; John Hurtado, aerospace engineering, deputy director and chief technology officer, Bush Combat Development Complex; Dimitris Lagoudas, aerospace engineering, senior associate dean for research, associate vice chancellor for engineering and deputy director, TEES; James Wall, director, Texas A&M Center for Applied Technology.

  • $2 million grant from the Department of Defense-Army Research Laboratory (ARL) for “ARL: Innovative Ecosystem Performance Research.”

PI: Rodney Bowersox, aerospace engineering and director, Texas A&M National Aerothermochemistry and Hypersonics Laboratory. Co-PIs: Helen Reed, aerospace engineering and director, AggieSat Lab Satellite Program and Computational Stability and Transition Lab; Edward White, aerospace engineering.

  • $2 million grant from the Department of Defense-Army Research Laboratory for “ARL: Hypersonic Vehicles.”

PI: Richard Miles, aerospace engineering. Co-PI: Christopher Limbach, aerospace engineering.

  • $1.9 million grant from the Department of Defense-Army Research Laboratory for “ARL: Laser Diagnostics and Lethality.”

PI: Thomas Lacy, mechanical engineering. Co-PIs: Waruna Kulatilaka, mechanical engineering; Junuthula Reddy, aerospace engineering and mechanical engineering and director, Center of Innovation in Mechanics for Design and Manufacturing; Justin Wilkerson, mechanical engineering.

  • $1.1 million grant from the Department of Defense-Army Research Laboratory for “ARL: Materials.”

PI: Swaminathan Gopalswamy, mechanical engineering and co-director, Center for Autonomous Vehicles and Sensor Systems. Co-PIs: Srikanth Saripalli, mechanical engineering and co-director, Center for Autonomous Vehicles and Sensor Systems; Gholamreza Langari, aerospace engineering and engineering technology and industrial distribution; John Valasek, aerospace engineering and director, Vehicle Systems and Control Laboratory and Graduate Studies Program.

  • $2.3 million grant from the Department of Defense-Army Research Laboratory for “ARL: Air Ground Coordination.”

PI: Panganamala Kumar, electrical and computer engineering. Co-PI: Srinivas Shakkottai, electrical and computer engineering.

  • $1.7 million grant from the Department of Defense-Army Research Laboratory for “ARL: Tactical Networks.”

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