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Faculty Hiring Initiative Supports Notre Dame's Ongoing Investments in Research

nwelding   December 22, 2013

Faculty Hiring Initiative Supports Notre Dame's Ongoing Investments in Research Building on the momentum of its recent Strategic Research Investment initiative — which committed $80 million in internal resources to 14 research projects — the University of Notre Dame has announced the winning proposals in a new strategic hiring initiative. The initiative, which is a key component in the University’s Advancing Our Vision (AOV) program, will create approximately 80 faculty positions in 10 key areas of research across campus, drawing on $10 million in annual funds that have been reallocated from lower-priority expenditures to this academic priority.

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Notre Dame Receives $3 Million Lilly Endowment Grant To Support enFocus Program

nwelding   December 20, 2013

Notre Dame Receives $3 Million Lilly Endowment Grant To Support enFocus Program The University of Notre Dame has received a $3 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to support enFocus, a program that aims to implement bold, innovative solutions to improve the fabric of the South Bend region.

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Three Notre Dame Faculty Named IEEE Fellows

nwelding   December 6, 2013

Three Notre Dame Faculty Named IEEE Fellows Danny Z. Chen, professor of computer science and engineering; Martin Haenggi, professor of electrical engineering; and J. Nicholas Laneman, associate professor of electrical engineering, have been named fellows of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

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Pratt Awarded Office of Naval Research DURIP Grant

cbroadbent   December 5, 2013

Pratt Awarded Office of Naval Research DURIP Grant Research Associate Professor, Thomas Pratt, receives a $497,685 Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) grant from the Office of Naval Research.

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Grace Xing Receives U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy Grant

nwelding   December 5, 2013

Grace Xing Receives U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy Grant A team led by Huili (Grace) Xing, professor of electrical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has been awarded a $2,496,428 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program for projects aimed at developing next-generation power conversion devices that could dramatically transform how power is controlled and converted through the grid.

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Notre Dame Mechanical Engineer Gretar Tryggvason Named AAAS Fellow

nwelding   December 2, 2013

Notre Dame Mechanical Engineer Gretar Tryggvason Named AAAS Fellow Gretar Tryggvason, Viola D. Hank Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and department chair at the University of Notre Dame, has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in honor of his efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.

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Notre Dame Geologists' Discovery Should Cause Earth Scientists to Rethink Chemical Makeup of Earth's Mantle

nwelding   November 19, 2013

Notre Dame Geologists' Discovery Should Cause Earth Scientists to Rethink Chemical Makeup of Earth's Mantle A new discovery by researchers from the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences could change prevailing assumptions about the chemical makeup of the Earth’s mantle.

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Kareem Appointed as High-end Consultant to Chinese Universities and Received an International Distinguished Research Award

nwelding   November 15, 2013

Kareem Appointed as High-end Consultant to Chinese Universities and Received an International Distinguished Research Award Ahsan Kareem, the Robert Moran Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, is appointed by the State Council of the People’s Republic of China as a high-end consultant to Tongji University, which boasts the country’s top program in civil engineering. Tongji University has not only a large pool of highly talented students with strong background in math and science but they also have the best facilities with the most sophisticated wind tunnels and the largest shaking table in the world for earthquake engineering. This is the highest level of appointment currently given to a foreign expert in China. This involves advisory role for their research activities, evaluation of their current National Science Foundation’s projects and lecturing. This also provides Kareem access to their intellectual as well physical research infrastructures.

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Notre Dame a Partner in NASA's Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute

nwelding   November 12, 2013

Notre Dame a Partner in NASA's Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute University of Notre Dame will be a partner in NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI), a new organization that expands the scope of the NASA Lunar Science Institute to one that includes near-Earth asteroids and the moons of Mars.

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Wireless Institute I/UCRC Planning Workshop Sows the Seeds of Collaboration

cbroadbent   November 7, 2013

Wireless Institute workshop sows the seeds for cooperative research program with industry.

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Graduate School Welcomes New Associate Dean and Associate Program Director

nwelding   October 29, 2013

Graduate School Welcomes New Associate Dean and Associate Program Director Graduate School Dean Laura Carlson has announced two new appointments in the Professional Development area: Prof. X. Sharon Hu, the associate dean for professional development, and Mike Westrate, the associate program director for grants and fellowships.

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Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute Receives $30 Million Grant Renewal

nwelding   October 29, 2013

Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute Receives $30 Million Grant Renewal The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, which includes the University of Notre Dame as a member, has received a nearly $30 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to continue its mission of accelerating research discoveries across Indiana and beyond.

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In Memoriam: Roger Schmitz, Notre Dame Engineering Professor and Academic Administrator

nwelding   October 18, 2013

In Memoriam: Roger Schmitz, Notre Dame Engineering Professor and Academic Administrator Roger A. Schmitz, professor emeritus of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Notre Dame, died at his home in South Bend Friday (Oct. 11) after a courageous and dignified struggle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was 78.

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Notre Dame Researchers Make Progress Toward a Treatment for Dangerous Allergies

nwelding   October 7, 2013

Notre Dame Researchers Make Progress Toward a Treatment for Dangerous Allergies New research published in the journal Nature Chemical Biology shows that a group of scientists, led by faculty at the University of Notre Dame, has made concrete progress toward the development of the first-ever inhibitory therapeutic for type-I hypersensitive allergic reactions.

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Taflanidis to Participate in Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium

nwelding   September 26, 2013

Taflanidis to Participate in Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium Alexandros Taflanidis, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and earth sciences, concurrent associate professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering and faculty fellow of the Kellogg Institute of International Studies at the University of Notre Dame, has been selected as one of the nation’s 73 most innovative young engineering educators. These early career faculty members, who have already been honored for their development and implementation of novel educational approaches in a variety of engineering disciplines, will participate in the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) 2013 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium.

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Brennecke Awarded American Chemical Society's E.V. Murphree Award

nwelding   September 26, 2013

Brennecke Awarded American Chemical Society's E.V. Murphree Award Joan F. Brennecke, the Keating-Crawford Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and director of the University of Notre Dame Energy Center, has been awarded the E.V. Murphree Award in Industrial & Engineering Chemistry from the American Chemical Society (ACS) for outstanding research of a theoretical or experimental nature.

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Nitesh Chawla Receives IBM Big Data and Analytics Faculty Award

nwelding   August 14, 2013

Nitesh Chawla Receives IBM Big Data and Analytics Faculty Award IBM has announced that Nitesh Chawla, the University of Notre Dame’s Frank Freimann Collegiate Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and director of the University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science and Applications, is one of the winners of its 2013 Big Data and Analytics Faculty Awards for top-rated curricula and research that mix business and technical skills.

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Notre Dame Engineering Students Provide Young Patient with a "Joy Ride"

nwelding   August 12, 2013

Notre Dame Engineering Students Provide Young Patient with a "Joy Ride" According to its website, “Little Tykes has provided countless hours of fun for all ages.” Two University of Notre Dame engineering students used a Little Tykes Hummer car to not just bring fun but to tremendously enrich the life of a young patient at Memorial Hospital of South Bend.

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College Names New Senior Associate Dean

nwelding   July 26, 2013

College Names New Senior Associate Dean Yih-Fang Huang, professor and former department chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has been named senior associate dean of the College of Engineering. Huang’s duties will include oversight of all educational programs within the college, with an emphasis on undergraduate degree programs. He will also oversee the First Year Introduction to Engineering program, the new college leadership program, experiential learning courses within the college, and student success initiatives.

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Gupta Receives 2013 Eckman Award

nwelding   July 26, 2013

Gupta Receives 2013 Eckman Award Vijay Gupta, associate professor of electrical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has been named the recipient of the 2013 Donald P. Eckman Award. The Eckman Award is presented annually by the American Automatic Control Council in recognition of outstanding achievements in control theory by a researcher under the age of 35.

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