Category: Awards and Accolades

New Funding for Michigan Tech Faculty

ADVANCE at Michigan Tech would like to extend their congratulations to Timothy Havens (CS) and Xin Xi (GMES) for their new funding See the stories which were published by Sponsored Programs in the September 3 edition of Tech Today below.

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Timothy Havens (CS) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $243,169 research and development grant from the US Dept of Defense – Navy – Office of Naval Research.

The project is entitled, “DURIP: Acoustic-Sensing System and High-Throughput Computing for Environment and Threat Monitoring in Naval Environments Using Machine Learning.”

Andrew Barnard (ME-EM/GLRC), Shankara Gowtham (ECE) and Guy Meadows (GLRC) are Co-PI’s on this one-year project.

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Xin Xi (GMES) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $149,998 research and development grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

The project is entitled, “Mapping and Modeling Desertification and its Impact on Anthropogenic Dust and Health-Related External Costs in Central Asia. Shan Zhou (SS) is a Co-PI on this potential three-year project.


Trista Vick-Majors Named to 2 National Boards

ADVANCE at Michigan Tech would like to extend their congratulations to Trista Vick-Majors (BioSci), for being named to the National Academies of Sciences Committee on Planetary Protection and the U.S. Ice Drilling Program Science Advisory Board. See the story which was published by in the August 6 edition of Tech Today below.
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Trista Vick-Majors (BioSci) was appointed to the National Academies of Sciences Committee on Planetary Protection. The CoPP will monitor progress implementing the planetary protection guidelines associated with priority programs and missions identified in the National Academies’ planetary science decadal surveys. The CoPP will serve as a source of advice on measures undertaken to protect the biological and environmental integrity of extraterrestrial bodies and to preserve the integrity of Earth’s biosphere.

Additionally, Vick-Majors was appointed to the U.S. Ice Drilling Program Science Advisory Board. The IDP convenes the Science Advisory Board for the purpose of forming and updating a Long Range Science Plan that addresses multiple aspects of ice core and other ice science and associated technology.


New Funding for Michigan Tech Faculty!

ADVANCE at Michigan Tech would like to extend their congratulations to Pengfei Xue (CEE/GLRC), Michelle Jarvie-Eggard (EF/RISE) and Bruce Lee (BioMed/HRI) for their new funding! See the story which was published by Sponsored Programs in the August 5 edition of Tech Today below.

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Pengfei Xue (CEE/GLRC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $50,781 research and development co-op/joint agreement-cost from Argonne National Laboratory.

The project is “Pengfei Xue Joint Appointment Argonne National Labs.” This is a two-year project.

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Michelle Jarvie-Eggart (EF/RISE) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $199,633 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation.

The project is entitled, “Research Initiation: Factors Motivating Engineering Faculty to Adopt and Teach New Engineering Technologies.” Shari Stockero (CLS/RISE) is the Co-PI on this two-year project.

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Bruce Lee (BioMed/HRI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $80,586 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation.

The project is entitled, “Biomimetic Redox Chemistry for Antiviral Application.” Caryn Heldt (ChE/HRI) is the Co-PI on this three year project.



New Funding For Michigan Tech Faculty!

ADVANCE at Michigan Tech would like to extend their congratulations to Andrew Burton (CFRES) and Daniel Dowden (CEE) for their new funding! See the story which was published by Sponsored Programs in the August 4 edition of Tech Today below.

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Andrew Burton (CFRES) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $327,067 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation, Major Research Instrumentation Program.

The project is entitled, “MRI: Acquisition of an Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer for using stable isotopes to study complex ecological systems.” Molly Cavaleri (CFRES), Fengling Liu (CFRES), Sigrid Resh (CFRES) and Jared Wolfe (CFRES) are Co-PI’s on this two-year project.

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Daniel Dowden (CEE) is the principal investigator on a project that has received $204,514 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation.

The project is entitled, “NHERI Tailwood 10-Story Test Building Shake-Table Payload Research Project: Low-Damage Uplift Friction Damper for Seismically Resilient Mass-Timber Buildings.” This is a two year project.


New Funding for Michigan Tech Faculty!

ADVANCE at Michigan Tech would like to extend their congratulations to Zhanping You (CEE/MTTI), Lorelle Meadows (PHC), and Shiyue Fang (Chem) for their new funding! See the original story, published by Sponsored Programs in the July 30 edition of Tech Today below.

Zhanping You (CEE/MTTI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $42,613 contract cost from MSU. The project is entitled, “Testing Protocol, Data Storage, and Recalibration for Pavement ME Design.” This is a two-year project.

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 Lorelle Meadows (PHC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $231,247 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation.

The project is entitled, “Collaborative Research: Recognition of Gender Stereotyping as a Determinant of Stereotype Assimilation and Contrast Effects Resulting from Subtle Bias Exposure in STEM.” This is a three-year project.

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 Shiyue Fang (Chem) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $490,000 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation.

The project is entitled, “CAS: Long Oligodeoxynucleotides Directly from Automated De Novo Synthesis.” Yinan Yuan (CFRES) is a Co-PI on this three-year project.


New Funding-Richelle Winkler

ADVANCE at Michigan Tech would like to extend their congratulations to Richelle Winkler in Social Sciences for their new funding! See the original story, published in the July 27 edition of Tech Today below.

From Tech Today on July 27:

Richelle Winkler (SS/GLRC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $8,075 research and development grant from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The project is titled, “Generating and Archiving County-Level Migration Data for Health Research and Planning.” This is a one-year project.


Janet Callahan Named ASEE Fellow

Originally posted by the College of Engineering in Tech Today on July 14.

Janet Callahan, dean of the College of Engineering and professor of materials science and engineering at Michigan Tech, was initiated on June 24, as a Fellow of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE).

A global society founded in 1893, ASEE is the preeminent authority on the education of engineering professionals, advancing innovation, excellence and access at all levels of education for the engineering profession. Callahan was cited for contributions to ASEE and the engineering education community via outstanding leadership, educational scholarship, teaching effectiveness and championing diversity and inclusion within the community.

Callahan has (co)authored more than 50 ASEE and education publications. She has served in numerous positions in the society, contributes to multiple divisions, and currently serves as Chair of the Women in Engineering Division.

“I am pleased and honored to join a distinguished community of ASEE Fellows who support engineering education and who have dedicated their careers in support of that purpose,” said Callahan.

She is among nine fellows selected this year. The grade of fellow in ASEE is reserved for members with extraordinary qualifications and experience in engineering or engineering technology education or an allied field who have made important individual contributions. No more than one-tenth of one percent of individual ASEE membership may be elected a fellow in any given year.


Bo Chen Named ASME Fellow

Originally Posted by Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics in Tech Today on May 28, 2020

Bo Chen (ME-EM) has received the designation of Fellow from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

The ASME Committee of Past Presidents confers the Fellow grade of membership on worthy candidates to recognize their outstanding engineering achievements.

Nominated by ASME Members and Fellows, an ASME Member has to have 10 or more years of active practice and at least 10 years of active corporate membership in ASME.

William Predebon, chair of the the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics said, “Dr. Chen has made major contributions in her field of embedded systems with application to hybrid-electric and electric autonomous systems. Her course in Model-based Embedded Control System Design is regularly in high demand by not only ME students but also EE students. This is a testament to the importance of the topic and her teaching ability.

Chen conducts interdisciplinary research in the areas of mechatronics and embedded systems, agent technology, modeling and control of hybrid electric vehicles, cyber-physical systems and automation.


Baird Elected To International Journal’s Editorial Board

The short article below originally appeared in Tech Today on May 14. ADVANCE at Michigan Tech would like to extend our congratulations to Melissa Baird, a member of our Internal Evaluation and Advisory Board, for this accomplishment.

Melissa Baird (SS) was elected to the editorial board of the International Journal of Heritage Studies (IJHS). Board members include a team of international heritage scholars and experts who review manuscripts and advise on journal policy and scope.


Erika Hersch-Green Wins CAREER Award for Biodiversity Research

by Kelley Christensen, University Marketing and Communications

Erika Hersch-Green (BioSci) has received a National Science Foundation CAREER award to investigate how increased nitrogen and phosphorus availability across different temperature and water regimes alters the primary productivity of some plants, while reducing the growth of others.

Hersch-Green will examine how nutrient availability selects for plants with specific genome attributes. She will investigate these changes to specific plant transcriptomes and functional traits, but also how these changes affect the species that interact with those plants, such as other plants, herbivores and pollinators, and lead to changing patterns of community biodiversity.

Every CAREER award features an education component. Hersch-Green’s approach features multiple methods to enhance scientific literacy for middle schoolers, high schoolers and undergraduates. At Hersch-Green’s Ford Center site, she is working with a STEM educator to formulate different science communication and botany modules based on photosynthesis research conducted by Hersch-Green and graduate students in her lab. She is also collaborating with Erin Smith (HU), director of the Humanities Digital Media Zone and faculty advisor to Cin/Optic Communication and Media Enterprise students, to create a series of educational modules.

Read more at mtu.edu/news about Hersch-Green’s CAREER Award.