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Robert D. Lorenz

Robert D. Lorenz
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Mead Witter Foundation Consolidated Papers Professor Bob Lorenz has received the 2003 Outstanding Achievement Award from the IEEE Industrial Applications Society. The award honors his outstanding contributions and technical developments in the application of electricity to industry.



John J. Moskwa

John J. Moskwa
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The Powertrain Control Research Laboratory, under the direction of Professor John Moskwa, received third place in the 2003 Powertrain Excellence Award competition sponsored by Global Powertrain Congress. The competition highlights the best developments in powertrain systems technology worldwide. This is the second time the laboratory has won an award from the Global Powertrain Congress; it won a second-place award in 1998 for a different transient test system. Others associated with the Powertrain Control Research Laboratory named in the 2003 award included John Lahti and Steve Andrasko. An article about the project was published in the summer 2003 edition of Powertrain International.



Xiaochun  Li

Xiaochun Li
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Assistant Professor Xiaochun Li — along with Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering Shiyu Zhou and Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Hongrui Jiang — has received a National Science Foundation grant of $590,038 for the project "Sensors: Design, Fabrication, and Application of Distributed Micro Sensors Embedded in Metal Tooling." The project will develop a sensing methodology that enables highly reliable and accurate monitoring and diagnosis for manufacturing processes. It will use a systems approach to study the design, fabrication, optimization, assessment, and applications of distributed micro thin-film sensors embedded in metal tooling that is fabricated by Rapid Tooling manufacturing processes. This multidisciplinary research will advance fundamental knowledge in thin-film sensor technologies, including micro- thin-film sensor design and fabrication for high-temperature strain and temperature measurements, the embedding of micro-sensors into metal manufacturing tooling, and the interpretation and use of sensor data in decision-making for monitoring and controlling manufacturing processes.



Lih-Sheng (Tom) Turng

Lih-Sheng (Tom) Turng
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Assistant Professor Lih-Sheng (Tom) Turng has received a $280,000 grant from the National Science Foundation Design, Manufacturing, and Industrial Innovation Division for research on injection molding of micro-cellular nanocomposites. The project aims to advance the processing technology and knowledge of mass production of lightweight, high-performance nanocomposite parts. The research will be performed under the auspices of the college's Polymer Engineering Center. Center research scientist Shaoqin (Sarah) Gong is a co-principal investigator for the project.



Vadim  Shapiro

Vadim Shapiro
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Professor Vadim Shapiro has been awarded a $367,941 research grant from the National Science Foundation to study interactive design with engineering analysis. The research aims to develop new computer-assisted design (CAD) software for rapid engineering design and analysis of materials and objects without the time-consuming process known as meshing. Assistant scientist Igor Tsukanov will serve as co-principal investigator. In addition, Shapiro and graduate student Vasu Ramaswamy won the Best Paper Award at the 15th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology, part of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Design Technical Conference held this year in Chicago. The paper is titled "Combinatorial Laws for Physically Meaningful Design." Shapiro has also been appointed associate editor for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers/Association for Computing Machinery Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering.



Gregory F. Nellis

Gregory F. Nellis
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Research by Assistant Professor Gregory Nellis was cited in the spring edition of Lithography Review, a leading publication for the semiconductor industry. Nellis' research cited in the newsletter focuses on immersion lithography, a key technique used in the effort to extend the commercial viability of optical lithography. Nellis is associate director of the college's Computational Mechanics Center, and does research on immersion lithography.



Scott T. Sanders

Scott T. Sanders
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John M. Pfotenhauer

John M. Pfotenhauer
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Assistant Professors Gregory Nellis and Scott Sanders (left) and Associate Professor John Pfotenhauer (right) have received a three-year, $571,000 contract as part of an industry led team developing large-capacity pulse-tube cryocoolers for the Department of Energy (DOE). The grant falls under a new DOE cryogenics initiative, "Improving Cryogenic Systems for High-Temperature Superconducting Electric Power Applications." The group will work with colleagues from Stirling Technology Company, Atlas Scientific, NIST-Boulder, and American Superconductor Corp. to investigate and reduce loss mechanisms in pulse-tube refrigerators and provide refrigeration power up to 300 watts at temperatures between 50 and 80 Kelvin. This new, focused DOE R&D effort will enhance the cryogenic system, enabling technology required for high-temperature superconducting electric applications that in turn can have a real effect in the reliability, security and stability of the electric transmission and distribution infrastructure in the U.S.



Robert E. Rowlands

Robert E. Rowlands
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Professor Robert Rowlands (left) and Assistant Professor Yuri Shkel have jointly received a three-year, $315,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study and develop functionally graded materials micro-tailored to design objectives. Shkel will serve as the principal investigator for the project, with Rowlands as the co-principal investigator. The two faculty members share research interests in micro-electrical mechanical systems.



Yuri M. Shkel

Yuri M. Shkel
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Assistant Professors Lih-Sheng (Tom) Turng and Yuri Shkel (left) have received $15,000 in grants from the 3M Company to augment their research. 3M provides the unrestricted grants to non-tenured professors who conduct research of interest to the company. Both Turng and Shkel are affiliated with the Polymer Engineering Center. The grants are renewable for up to three years.



Donald S. Ermer

Donald S. Ermer
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The Industrial and Systems Engineering Department of the National University of Singapore has asked Procter & Gamble Professor Emeritus Don Ermer to serve a three-year term on its visiting committee. The group evaluates the performance of the department in teaching and research as well as its management. The committee also assesses undergraduate and graduate programs in the department, and makes recommendations on future directions for the department.

 


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