NSF Awards Engineering Faculty $1.5 Million

Over the past two months, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a total of more than $1.5 million in new grant funding to 10 faculty members from The Henry Samueli School of Engineering. The grants will support seven research projects, including the development of portable fiber optic sensors, an AutoNet simulator and tools to analyze traffic accident data.

The new infusion of funding comes on the heels of a $1.3 million grant awarded by the NSF this summer to a team led by Farghalli Mohamed, professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science.

Information about the research projects, several of them collaborative and cross disciplinary in nature, is listed below:

"Sensors: The Exploration of Novel All-Purpose All-Fiber Spectrometer Module for Scalable and Distributed Optical Fiber Sensor System" - $500,000
   Henry P. Lee, associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
   Frank Shi, professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
   Maria Feng, professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

"Sensors: Broad-Bandwidth High-Resolution MEMS Array of Inertial Sensors With Embedded Optical Detection" - $320,000
   Andrei Shkel, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
   Jann N. Yang, professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

"Sensors: Novel Optical Fiber Sensors for Civil Engineering Structures" - $270,000
   Maria Feng, professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

"NSF/USDOT: Modeling Matched Traffic and Accident Datasets to Significantly Improve Safety" - $150,000
   Amelia Regan, associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
   Thomas Golob, researcher in the Institute of Transportation Studies

"A Distributed On-Line Database System for Transportation Management Using Cooperating Roadside and In-Vehicle Communication Devices" - $150,000
   R. Jayakrishnan, associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
   Michael G. McNally, professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

"NSF/USDOT AutoNet" - $96,000
   Wilfred Recker, professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

"SGER: Novel Devices for Controlling Nanojet Droplet Emulsions in Microfluidic Channels" - $69,000
   Abraham P. Lee, professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering