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  • Month: 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.