Category: Research

David Shonnard Receives Funding from the National Science Foundation

Professor and Robbins Chair David Shonnard (ChE, SFI), in conjunction with co-PIs Professor Barry Solomon (SS), Professor Kathleen Halvorsen (SS), Senior Research Engineer Richard Donovan (ChE), and Assistant Professor Sam Sweitz (SS) have received $349,996 from the National Science Foundation for the first year of a four-year project, totaling $749,996: “CN-SEES: A Research Coordination Network on Pan American Biofuels and Bioenergy Sustainability.”

Professor David Shonnard (ChE/SFI) and Co-PI Bradley Baltensperger (CLS) have received $120,374 from the National Science Foundation for the first year of a potential three-year, $358,492 project, “RET Site: Wood to Wheels–Research Experiences for High School Teachers in Sustainable Transportation Technologies.”


Jason Keith Helps Author Winning Paper in 2010 Joseph J. Martin Award

Associate Professor Jason Keith (ChE) helped author the winning paper for the 2010 Joseph J. Martin Award. The recognition is presented to the most outstanding paper, in the chemical engineering division, that appeared in the proceedings at the ASEE annual meeting. The title of the paper was “Strategies for creating and sustaining a departmental culture.” This marks this first time in at least 20 years that the Martin Award has been given to a multi-university team of authors, who, besides Keith, included Lisa Bullard of North Carolina State University, Donald Visco of Tennessee Technological University and David Silverstein of the University of Kentucky.


MSGC Awards Announced

Faculty and students have received awards totaling $72,500 through the Michigan Space Grant Consortium (MSGC), sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Michigan Tech submitted 30 proposals, 16 of which received funding.

Undergraduates receiving $2,500 research fellowships are:
Brandi Lundquist (ChE): “Formaldehyde-Free Living Environment by Biodegradable Chitosan”

Graduate student Alicia Sawdon and undergraduate Brandi Lundquist were awarded Michigan Space Grant Consortium (MSGC) (http://www.umich.edu/~msgc) research fellowship of $5,000 and $2,500, respectively.


Michael Mullins: Center for Fundamental and Applied Research in Nanostructured and Lightweight Materials

Center for Fundamental and Applied Research in Nanostructured and Lightweight Materials

Michael Mullins is the director of Michigan Tech’s Center for Fundamental and Applied Research in Nanostructured and Lightweight Materials. The Center was recently awarded $1.23 million in continuing funding from the US Department of Energy, bringing its total DOE support to nearly $3 million.