2012 Press Releases

Notre Dame Researchers Examining Electric Vehicles and the Power Grid

nwelding   December 14, 2012

Notre Dame Researchers Examining Electric Vehicles and the Power Grid As plug-in electric vehicles become an ever more central part of America’s daily life, University of Notre Dame researchers are anticipating what that development will mean for the nation’s power grid. Under funding from the National Science Foundation’s Cyber-Physical Systems Program, a research group is attempting to develop mathematical algorithms to help guide the integration of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) into the power grid.

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Ten Notre Dame Faculty Members Named AAAS Fellows

nwelding   November 30, 2012

Ten Notre Dame Faculty Members Named AAAS Fellows Ten University of Notre Dame faculty members, including Harindra Joseph Shermal Fernando, the Wayne and Diana Murdy Family Professor of Engineering and professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in honor of their efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.

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Notre Dame Researchers to Lead New Science Data Preservation Effort

nwelding   November 30, 2012

Notre Dame Researchers to Lead New Science Data Preservation Effort One of the emerging, and soon to be defining, characteristics of science research is the collection, usage and storage of immense amounts of data. In fields as diverse as medicine, astronomy and economics, large data sets are becoming the foundation for new scientific advances.

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Agilent Technologies and Notre Dame Team Up

staff   November 16, 2012

Agilent Technologies and Notre Dame Team Up Agilent Technologies Inc. and the Wireless Institute at the University of Notre Dame have announced that they will establish a collaborative research initiative aimed at developing the next generation of multiple-input, multiple-output wireless technologies.

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Notre Dame Research Could Improve Sustainability and Cost-effectiveness of Wastewater Treatment

staff   November 15, 2012

Notre Dame Research Could Improve Sustainability and Cost-effectiveness of Wastewater Treatment University of Notre Dame researcher Robert Nerenberg can tell you many things you might not know about wastewater treatment plants, including their significant carbon footprint, energy demands and chemical costs. His past research has addressed ways to drastically improve the energy efficiency of wastewater treatment. He now is telling the wastewater treatment industry about his promising new line of research that has the capability of significantly decreasing chemical costs and carbon footprint.

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Notre Dame's Nitesh Chawla Receives 2012 IBM Watson Faculty Award

staff   November 14, 2012

Notre Dame's Nitesh Chawla Receives 2012 IBM Watson Faculty Award When IBM created its cognitive computer system, Watson, it was projecting far into the future but not as far as one might think. Watson’s deductive abilities and incredible data retrieval speed allow it to sift through vast amounts of data and process information in ways similar to those of the human brain, including an understanding of basic language as well as some human nuances. But the machine’s purpose was more than mimicry; it was created to access and analyze data, helping organizations identify trends and operational hiccups while projecting possible outcomes.

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Ahsan Kareem Named Honorary Member of JAWE

staff   October 31, 2012

Ahsan Kareem Named Honorary Member of JAWE Ahsan Kareem, the Robert M. Moran Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, has been named an honorary member of the Japan Association for Wind Engineering (JAWE).

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New NSF Grant to Support Research on Resilient Wireless Sensor-Actuator Networks

staff   October 31, 2012

New NSF Grant to Support Research on Resilient Wireless Sensor-Actuator Networks A new $1 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant will support a team of University of Notre Dame researchers as they seek to develop resilient wireless sensor-actuator network technologies.

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New Paper Reveals Fundamental Chemistry of Plasma/Liquid Interactions

staff   October 17, 2012

New Paper Reveals Fundamental Chemistry of Plasma/Liquid Interactions Though not often considered beyond the plasma television, small-scale microplasmas have great utility in a wide variety of applications. Recently, new developments have begun to capitalize on how these microplasmas interact with liquids in applications ranging from killing bacteria for sterilizing a surface to rapidly synthesizing nanoparticles.

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Professor Peter Kogge Named Recipient of IEEE Computer Society 2012 Seymour Cray Award

staff   October 11, 2012

Professor Peter Kogge Named Recipient of IEEE Computer Society 2012 Seymour Cray Award University of Notre Dame computer science and engineering professor Peter Kogge, developer of the space shuttle I/O processor, the world’s first multicore processor, and a number of other important innovations has been named the recipient of the IEEE Computer Society’s 2012 Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award.

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Notre Dame's Fernando Discusses Urban Heat Island Effect on PBS Newshour

staff   October 10, 2012

Notre Dame's Fernando Discusses Urban Heat Island Effect on PBS Newshour Joseph Fernando, the Wayne and Diana Murdy Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, participated in a recent PBS Newshour discussion on building "cooler" cities.

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Haenggi Secures $444,499 NSF Award to Analyze and Engineer Interference

staff   October 10, 2012

Haenggi Secures $444,499 NSF Award to Analyze and Engineer Interference The Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) 2010-2015 explains that the explosive growth of 160 percent for mobile data traffic has put tremendous pressure on existing mobile spectrum and networks. These demands keep growing exponentially, while the available spectrum remains scarce. As a result, cellular, WiFi, mesh and cognitive networks are increasingly interference-limited.

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Jena Receives 2012 Young Scientist Award

staff   September 28, 2012

Jena Receives 2012 Young Scientist Award Debdeep Jena, associate professor of electrical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has been selected as the 2012 Young Scientist by the International Symposium for Compound Semiconductors. He was recognized “for his contributions to the understanding of transport in nitrides and two-dimensional crystals for high-performance transistors.”

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Engineering Deans See Future of the Profession Tied to Broadening Participation Set Bold Targets and Issue Urgent Call for Action

staff   September 28, 2012

Engineering Deans See Future of the Profession Tied to Broadening Participation  Set Bold Targets and Issue Urgent Call for Action Today, engineering is rightfully seen as the backbone of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship —and tied directly to the nation’s economic well-being and security. Yet, the number of engineering graduates in the United States has remained stagnant for two decades — indicating a decreasing interest to pursue engineering careers, now at a level of magnitude lower than looming technology powerhouses, China and India. As engineering schools are challenged to find better ways to motivate the next generation of engineers who will take on the grand challenges that society faces, those who will “out-innovate, out-education and out-build the rest of the world,” they must also address a rapidly changing demographic.

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Notre Dame Hosts Sixth Annual Energy Week

staff   September 20, 2012

Notre Dame Hosts Sixth Annual Energy Week The University of Notre Dame will host its sixth annual Notre Dame Energy Week Sept. 23-27 (Sunday-Saturday) at various campus locations.

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ICeNSA Network Opens Flow of Ideas, Collaboration

staff   August 30, 2012

ICeNSA Network Opens Flow of Ideas, Collaboration Red lines in the carpet connect the orange and yellow dots in the third-floor Nieuwland Hall headquarters of the University of Notre Dame’s Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science and Applications (iCeNSA), a network of researchers studying networks in the real world.

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Notre Dame Geologist: Mars Curiosity Rover Mission 'Critical' for NASA

staff   August 30, 2012

Notre Dame Geologist: Mars Curiosity Rover Mission 'Critical' for NASA Curiosity, NASA’s newest Mars rover, was slated to touch down on the surface of the Red Planet early Monday (Aug. 6), at 1:31 a.m. EDT.

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Notre Dame to Celebrate Academics, Faith and Tradition during Dublin Game

staff   August 22, 2012

Notre Dame to Celebrate Academics, Faith and Tradition during Dublin Game When the Fighting Irish of the University of Notre Dame meet the Midshipmen of Navy on Sept. 1 (Saturday) at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, it will be the latest installment in a long American football tradition for the two institutions.

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MHIN Announces Chawla's Appointment to MHIN Board of Managers

staff   July 24, 2012

MHIN Announces Chawla's Appointment to MHIN Board of Managers As the Michiana Health Information Network (MHIN) continues to provide cutting-edge health information technology solutions to the region, the multi-state health information exchange (HIE) is pleased to announce the appointment of Nitesh V. Chawla to the MHIN Board of Managers.

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New Notre Dame Research Raises Questions about Iris Recognition Systems

staff   July 19, 2012

New Notre Dame Research Raises Questions about Iris Recognition Systems Since the early days of iris recognition technologies, it has been assumed that the iris was a “stable” biometric over a person’s lifetime — “one enrollment for life.” However, new findings by University of Notre Dame researchers indicate that iris biometric enrollment is susceptible to an aging process that causes recognition performance to degrade slowly over time.

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Schmid Recognized for Manufacturing Contributions

staff   July 18, 2012

Schmid Recognized for Manufacturing Contributions Steven R. Schmid, associate professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has been named an American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Foundation Swanson Fellow and assistant director for research partnerships in the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (AMNPO), which is hosted at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

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Prendergast Named 2012 Tau Beta Pi Laureate

staff   July 13, 2012

Prendergast Named 2012 Tau Beta Pi Laureate Steven Prendergast is one of the five students named 2012 Tau Beta Pi laureates. The engineering honor society uses the annual program to recognize gifted engineering students who have excelled in areas beyond their technical majors. This class of laureates joins 79 other remarkable students who have been so honored since 1982, including 2011 Notre Dame chemical engineering graduate Rosary Abot, who is now pursuing her graduate degree

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Tryggvason to Receive Fluids Engineering Award

staff   July 09, 2012

Tryggvason to Receive Fluids Engineering Award Gretar Tryggvason, the Viola D. Hank professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering and department chair at the University of Notre Dame, has been named the recipient of Fluids Engineering Award by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

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Engineering Faculty Receive DURIP Grant for Defense Research

staff   July 05, 2012

Two faculty from the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, associate professor Debdeep Jena and research associate professor Thomas Pratt, have each received Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) grants from the Department of Defense for 2012, totaling more than $650,000.

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USDA Funds Development of a New Test for Safer Milk

staff   June 29, 2012

USDA Funds Development of a New Test for Safer Milk A team of researchers from the University of Notre Dame and Purdue University has received a three-year grant of $500,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop a new technology that can rapidly test milk and other dairy products for harmful pathogens.

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Takach Named Managing Director of Notre Dame's cSEND

staff   June 21, 2012

Takach Named Managing Director of Notre Dame's cSEND The Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (cSEND) has named Stephen F. Takach managing director, effective July 1.

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Nanoparticles Engineered at Notre Dame Promise to Improve Blood Cancer Treatment

staff   June 19, 2012

Nanoparticles Engineered at Notre Dame Promise to Improve Blood Cancer Treatment Researchers from the University of Notre Dame have engineered nanoparticles that show great promise for the treatment of multiple myeloma (MM), an incurable cancer of the plasma cells in bone marrow.

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Four Engineering Students Honored 
by National Honor Society

staff   May 29, 2012

Timothy Moeller, Jeffrey O’Brien and Yichao Pan, recent graduates from the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, were named fellows of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society. A fourth undergraduate, Matthew Charnley, a rising senior in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has also been awarded a scholarship from the society.

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Notre Dame’s Wireless Institute, National Instruments Join Forces to Help Develop Next Generation of Wireless

staff   May 18, 2012

Notre Dame’s Wireless Institute, National Instruments Join Forces to Help Develop Next Generation of Wireless Researchers at the University of Notre Dame’s Wireless Institute and at National Instruments (NI) have entered into a research partnership that will accelerate innovations in future generations of wireless technology.

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Paul Bohn Named 2012 Spectroscopy Fellow

staff   May 09, 2012

Paul Bohn Named 2012 Spectroscopy Fellow Paul W. Bohn, the Arthur J. Schmitt Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, director of the Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics initiative and professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, has been named a fellow of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy (SAS).

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