Archives—September 2015

Hearts and Hands Award for Abhi Kantamneni

Abhi Kantamneni
Abhi Kantamneni

2015 Heart & Hands of the Keweenaw Award

HANCOCK—It’s fitting that a man with a passion for promoting alternative energy should be a powerhouse in his own right. Abhilash Kantamneni, or “Abhi” as he is known locally, is this year’s winner of the Heart & Hands of the Keweenaw Award, earned for his outstanding ability to educate the public and bring people from all walks of life together to promote energy conservation and a greener vision for local energy.

A PhD candidate in Michigan Tech’s computer science program, Abhi is also the Founder/Program Director for Houghton County’s (HEET) efforts to win $5,000,000 in a national energy efficiency competition (GUEP).

The Heart and Hands Society gives the award annually to acknowledge Copper Country residents who have “given of their heart and hands in the service of peace, justice, or the environment.” The winner of the award receives a monetary award of $1,000 which is to be donated to the local charity of his or her choice. He has chosen the Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter, saying, “I value the strength of people starting over in a place they might not be comfortable with. I can relate to that, in a very, very small way.”

Also nominated for the award were Charles Eshbach for dedicating his adult life (50 + years) to preserving special places in the Keweenaw, Bob Strykowski, for coming out of retirement to serve his community by keeping the water supply plant in Gay operating, serving as a Trustee on the Township Board, and taking on the position as Fire Chief; and Michael and Sylvia Cooper for their devotion and dedication to preserving local history.

For more information, contact Terry Kinzel, originator of the Heart & Hands Award.

CONTACT: Terry Kinzel
PHONE: 906-482-6927
EMAIL: tkinzel@pasty.net
DATE: September 18, 2015



NSF Funding for Laura Brown on Improving How Society Interacts with Electricity

Laura Brown
Laura Brown

Laura Brown (CS/AIM) is the principal investigator on the research and development project, “Collaborative Research: CRISP Type 2: Revolution through Evolution: A Controls Approach to Improve How Society Interacts with Electricity” that has received a $699,796 grant from the National Science Foundation. Also working on the project are co-pi’s Chee WooiTen (ECE) and Wayne Weaver (ECE). This is a three-year project.


NSF Grant for Min Song on Inter-Vehicle Networking

Min Song
Min Song

Min Song received a $221,797 NSF grant. The title of the project is The Ontology of Inter-Vehicle Networking with Spatio-Temporal Correlation and Spectrum Cognition. In this project, Min will investigate the fundamental understanding and challenges of inter-vehicle networking, including theoretical foundation and constraints in practice that enable such networks to achieve their performance limits. This is a 3-year collaborative project with NC State with a total budget of $495,414.




Jeon Co-organizes Two Workshops on Driving Interactions

AutomotiveUI 2015Myounghoon “Philart” Jeon (CLS/CS) co-organized two workshops; Workshop on Practical Experiences in Measuring and Modeling Drivers and Driver-Vehicle Interactions and The Third Workshop on User Experience of Autonomous Driving, with international collaborators at the Seventh International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications (AutomotiveUI15), in Nottingham, UK, which began Monday and concludes today. The workshops were partly supported by The Michigan Tech Transportation Institute.

From Tech Today.