Dean’s Catalyst Award Provides Funding for New Research Initiatives

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By Sara Elizabeth Cody College of Engineering has funded seven new projects through the Dean’s Catalyst Award (DCA) grant program. The projects will be granted more than $630,000 over the course of two years to develop novel techniques to advance these technologies.

This year’s DCA-winning projects are:

  • Nanoparticle based multiplexed detection of cancer associated circulating MicroRNAs
    Assistant Professor Chuanhua Duan (ME, MSE) and Research Assistant Professor Irina Smolina (BME)
  • Rapid and sensitive antibiotic susceptibility testing based on bacterial fluctuations in a nano-channel
    Professor Kamil Ekinci (ME, MSE) and Associate Professor Deborah J. Stearns-Kurosawa (MED)
  • Metamaterial-enabled magnetic resonance imaging enhancement
    Professor Xin Zhang (ME, MSE) and Associate Professor Stephan Anderson (MED)
  • Fluid dynamic modeling of anomalous bloodstain patterns to improve forensic analysis
    Assistant Professor James Bird (ME, MSE) and Senior Lecturer Gregory Martin (BME)
  • Using FPGA-enhanced clouds for universal high performance computing
    Professor Martin Herbordt (ECE) and Professor of the Practice Orran Krieger (ECE, CS)
  • Controlling the spatial pattern of particle deposition in the lung
    Professor Bela Suki (BME, MSE), Professor Mark Grinstaff (BME, MSE, Chemistry, MED) and Senior Research Scientist Erzsebet Bartolak-Suki (BME)
  • Plasmonic metasurfaces for highly integrated directional light-emitting devices
    Professor Roberto Paiella (ECE, MSE), Assistant Professor Allison Dennis (BME) and Assistant Professor Michelle Sander (ECE, MSE)

Established by Dean Kenneth R. Lutchen in 2007 and organized by a faculty committee, the annual DCA program encourages early-stage, innovative, interdisciplinary projects that could spark new advances in a variety of engineering fields. By providing each project with seed funding, the awards give full-time faculty the opportunity to generate initial proof-of-concept results that could help secure external funding.