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Engineering faculty receive Intercampus Research Incentive Grants

Eight hybrid teams of faculty from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee have been awarded the first batch of Intercampus Research Incentive grants. Four of those teams include faculty from the UW-Madison College of Engineering.

The awards, announced June 9, 2010, total $398,000 and will support a suite of projects ranging from the development of new materials to combat air pollution to the use of algae to clean wastewater and generate energy. Each award is in the range of $50,000 for one year.

The Intercampus Research Incentive Grants Program, announced in January by UW-Madison Chancellor Biddy Martin and UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Carlos E. Santiago, is an initiative to foster research projects and scholarship undertaken jointly by researchers at the two institutions.

“We received many excellent proposals, many more than we expected, and we're excited by the quality and prospects for each of the projects that received funding,” says UW-Madison Provost Paul DeLuca. “Success here will not only yield valuable research results, but will also draw our institutions closer and provide a roadmap for future collaborations. That is a critical outcome.”

Colin Scanes, UW-Milwaukee Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development comments, “I was very impressed by the quality of the proposals and the new collaborations being developed between Madison and Milwaukee. This bodes so well for the future. It is unfortunate that only eight can be funded.”

The projects including UW-Madison engineering faculty are:

Xiaochun  Li

Xiaochun Li
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Nanoscale film sensors for use in advanced manufacturing
by UW-Madison Mechanical Engineering Professor Xiaochun Li and Chris Yuan, UW-Milwaukee mechanical engineering assistant professor.

Frank E. Pfefferkorn

Frank E. Pfefferkorn
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Laser-assisted cold gas spraying for energy manufacturing
by Tien-Chien Jen, UW-Milwaukee mechanical engineering professor and chair, and UW-Madison Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Frank Pfefferkorn .

Paul  Voyles

Paul Voyles
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Synthesis and characterization of gold nanoparticles for cell-based therapies
by UW-Madison Animal Sciences Professor Ralph Albrecht, Materials Science and Engineering Associate Professor Paul Voyles, UW-Milwaukee Physics Professor Marija Gajdardziska and Biology Assistant Professor Julie Oliver.

Marc A. Anderson

Marc A. Anderson
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Photocatalytic and superhydrophopic materials to combat air pollution
by UW-Madison Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Marc Anderson, UW-Milwaukee Civil Engineering Professor Al Ghorbanpoor and Associate Professor Konstantin Sobolev.

The other Intercampus Research Incentive Grant projects include:

  • The use of algae for wastewater remediation and bioenergy production by Linda Graham, UW-Madison, and Erica Young, UW-Milwaukee.

  • Enzymes as possible treatments for infections by Rob Striker, UW-Madison, and Andrew Ulijasz, UW-Milwaukee.

  • Improving detection and infrastructure to better treat diabetic retinopathy by Amir Assadi, F.M. Assadi-Porter and Nader Sheibani, UW-Madison, and Hao Zhang, UW-Milwaukee.

  • Psychological and neurological effects during fear conditioning in psychopathic offenders by John Curtin, Michael Koenigs and Joseph Newman, UW-Madison, and Fred J. Helmstetter and Christinie Larson, UW-Milwaukee.

The program is funded by UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee donors. Projects were selected by a committee of faculty and administrators from both institutions.

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