Engineering Physics Assistant Professor Todd
Allen received a two-year, $40,000 research seed grant from the
Office of Naval Research and the National Association of Corrosion Engineers.
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
has awarded the Fusion
Technology Institute (FTI) $777,300 for three years to study the
properties of high-density matter under extreme conditions. The work
will use the UW 10-meter shock tube to study instabilities produced
by shock waves in gases and liquids, focused on Rayleigh-Taylor and
Richtmeyer-Meshkov instabilities. Professor Riccardo
Bonazza is the principal investigator.
Under the U.S. Department of Defense University Research
Instrumentation Program, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research
has awarded Associate Professor Rob
Carpick $190,000 to acquire an x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy
system. He will use it to determine the surface compo-sition and bonding
of diamond, self-assembled monolayers, and other novel materials. As
part of a first-stage Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program,
Carpick and research associate Anirudha Sumant
have received $40,000 to study how ultrananocrystalline diamond, a novel
form of diamond, can be used to fabricate high-speed microdevices.
Carpick and Sumant are collaborating with scientists
at Argonne National Laboratories, and researchers at Freescale Semiconductor,
Innovative Micro Technologies, and Advanced Diamond Technologies.Carpick,
Sumant and Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor Frank
Pfefferkorn have received a one-year Industrial and Economic Development
Research Program grant to study the application of nanocrystalline diamond
coatings to micro-scale machine tools. The group is working with Janesville,
Wisconsin-based Performance Micro Tool, which produces some of the world’s
smallest cutting tools for end milling. The diamond coatings show promise
for improving the performance of these tools.
Wisconsin Distinguished Professor Michael
Corradini will serve a five-year term as a member of the scientific
committee of the Direction de l’Energie Nucléaire (DEN).
The DEN is the chief scientific advisory committee to the Civilian Branch
of the French Atomic Energy Agency.
A fellowship program proposed by Associate Professor
Crone and University Communications Science Editor Terry
Devitt received funding from the 2006-2008 Ira and Ineva Reilly
Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment. “Nanotechnology fellowships
for journalists, policy makers and
business people” will provide workshops on the scientific and
public affairs implications of the burgeoning field of nanotechnology.
The first year will provide fellowships for state and national reporters,
while the second and third years will offer training for policy makers
and business people, respectively.
The U.S. Department of Energy awarded the FTI a one-year
$245,000 grant to participate in a national stellarator commercial fusion
reactor design. The national team consists of scientists and engineers
from nearly 10 U.S. universities, national labs and industrial firms.
FTI is performing all of the nuclear analyses and coordinating with
the national team on the reactor’s conceptual design. Research
El-Guebaly is the principal investigator.
A. Moses and researcher Mike
Litzkow received the Benjamin J. Dasher award from Frontiers in
Education (FIE). The award recognizes their paper, “In-class
active learning and frequent assessment reform of nuclear reactor theory
course,” as the best written paper/oral presentation at
the 2005 FIE conference. The two will receive the award in October,
at the 2006 conference in San Diego.
The Department of Energy has awarded the FTI a one-year,
$300,000 contract to design a tritium-breeding module for ITER, the
International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, as well as to perform
neutronics calculations needed by the International team. Research Professor
Sawan is the principal investigator.