Category: Research

Yap Serves on Nanotechnology Task Force

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is seeking input to the development of a revised Strategic Plan for the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), planned for release in December 2010. In response to the Request for Information (RFI), theMaterials Research Society (MRS) organized a task force preparing professional input to the NNI Strategic Plan. Associate Professor of Physics Dr. Yoke Khin Yapserved as a task force member and sub-group leader to discuss and prepare the MRS input. The majority of the work was conducted using an MRS online collaboration project site.

Dr. Yap was responsible for preparing input about future NNI investments. Among the questions posted to the task force were:

  1. What types of research and development investments should the NNI agencies create, sustain, and/or expand to achieve the NNI goals?
  2. What is the appropriate balance for investment in nanotechnology among US private and public entities (i.e., government, corporate R&D, and venture capital) to achieve the NNI goals?

Lessons from the Brain: Toward an Intelligent Molecular Computer (Pati)

A team of researchers from Japan and Michigan Technological University has built a molecular computer using lessons learned from the human brain.

Physicist Ranjit Pati of Michigan Tech provided the theoretical underpinnings for this tiny computer composed not of silicon but of organic molecules on a gold substrate. “This molecular computer is the brainchild of my colleague Anirban Bandyopadhyay from the National Institute for Materials Science,” says Pati. Their work is detailed in “Massively Parallel Computing on an Organic Molecule Layer,” published April 25 online in Nature Physics.

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Michigan Space Grant Consortium Funds 27 Projects at Michigan Tech

The Michigan Space Grant Consortium (MSGC), sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), has awarded approximately $375,000 to nine Michigan universities with aerospace, engineering and space science related programs. Michigan Technological University submitted 40 proposals, and 27 received funding totaling $105,000.

Of that, $20,000 supports undergraduate fellowships, $30,000 is for graduate research fellowships; $30,000 provides seed grants for faculty, and $25,000 is designated for outreach, including K-12 and teacher training programs.

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