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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Graduate School Welcomes New Associate Dean and Associate Program Director

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

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

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

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

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

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

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"

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

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

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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New Notre Dame Study Proposes Changes in New Orleans Area Levee Systems

New Notre Dame Study Proposes Changes in New Orleans Area Levee Systems

Less may mean more when it comes to the levee systems designed to protect New Orleans from hurricanes. That’s the conclusion of a new study by a team of University of Notre Dame researchers led by Joannes Westerink, chair of the department of civil and environmental engineering and earth sciences and co-developer of the authoritative computer model for storm surge used by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the state of Louisiana to determine water levels due to hurricane surge and to design levee heights and alignments.

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Notre Dame Researchers Develop System that Uses a Big Data Approach to Personalized Health Care

Notre Dame Researchers Develop System that Uses a Big Data Approach to Personalized Health Care

University of Notre Dame researchers have developed a computer-aided method that uses electronic medical records to offer the promise of rapid advances toward personalized health care, disease management and wellness. Computer science associate professor Nitesh V. Chawla and his doctoral student, Darcy A. Davis, developed the system called Collaborative Assessment and Recommendation Engine (CARE) for personalized disease risk predictions and well-being.

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Paluch to Receive 2013 AIChE Separations Division Research Award

Paluch to Receive 2013 AIChE Separations Division Research Award

Andrew S. Paluch, recent graduate of the University of Notre Dame, receiving his Ph.D. in chemical engineering in April 2013, has been named the recipient of a 2013 American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Separations Division Graduate Student Research Award. Sponsored by the Separations Division of AIChE, the award will be presented during the annual awards dinner in November 2013.

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NASA Names Haase a 2013 Space Technology Research Fellow

NASA Names Haase a 2013 Space Technology Research Fellow

John Haase, a graduate student in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has been selected by NASA as one of the 65 graduate students to be named a 2013 Space Technology Research Fellow (STRF). Part of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, the STRF program challenges students to examine ideas and approaches that are critical to making science, space travel and exploration more effective, affordable and sustainable. The fellows conduct innovative space technology research — developing, testing and flying hardware for use in future missions — on their respective campuses, at NASA centers and at nonprofit U.S. research and development laboratories.

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Notre Dame Researchers Using Smart Devices to Measure the Emotionality of Offline Communication

Notre Dame Researchers Using Smart Devices to Measure the Emotionality of Offline Communication

A team of researchers from the University of Notre Dame and Texas A&M University are developing an innovative system using smart devices to measure the emotionality of offline communications.

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Notre Dame Center Named National Nuclear Security Administration Center of Excellence

Notre Dame Center Named National Nuclear Security Administration Center of Excellence

The University’s Center for Shock Wave-processing of Advanced Reactive Materials (C-SWARM) was named a Single-Discipline Center by NNSA and will receive $1.6 million per year for five years under NNSA’s Predictive Science Academic Alliance Program II (PSAAP II) agreement.

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ND Grad Students Awarded Fellowships for Innovative Work in Cancer Diagnosis

ND Grad Students Awarded Fellowships for Innovative Work in Cancer Diagnosis

Two graduate students at the University of Notre Dame, Aamir Ahmed Khan of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Hao Wang of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, are the inaugural recipients of the Berry Family Foundation Graduate Fellowships in Advanced Diagnostics & Therapeutics.

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Notre Dame and Trinity School Partner for Computer Programming Workshop

Notre Dame and Trinity School Partner for Computer Programming Workshop

High school teachers and college professors from around the country are gathering at the University of Notre Dame this week (June 24-28) for a five-day workshop on teaching introductory computer programming.

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Guo Receives DOE CAREER Award

Guo Receives DOE CAREER Award

Ruilan Guo, an assistant professor in the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has been named a recipient of a 2013 U.S. Department of Energy Early Career Development Research Program award. The program, now in its fourth year, is designed to bolster the nation’s scientific workforce by providing support to exceptional researchers during the crucial early career years, when many scientists do their most formative work.

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Engineers Win McCloskey Business Plan Competition

In a close contest among six finalists, Contect emerged as the winner of the $25,000 McCloskey Business Plan Competition grand prize. Christian Poellabauer and Patrick Flynn, faculty members in computer science, presented their technology for a new, instantaneous, accurate concussion assessment tool that will be particularly helpful in detecting concussions in soldiers and athletes. The service captures an individual’s voice and detects subtle changes that may indicate a concussion.

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