2017 Press Releases

Notre Dame Faculty Named among the Top One Percent of Highly Cited Researchers

nwelding   December 18, 2017

Notre Dame Faculty Named among the Top One Percent of Highly Cited Researchers Two University of Notre Dame researchers – Martin Haenggi and Prashant V. Kamat – have been named to Clarivate Analytics’ 2017 Highly Cited Researchers list.

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Electron Microscopy Unlocks a Door to a New Era of Discovery

nwelding   December 14, 2017

Electron Microscopy Unlocks a Door to a New Era of Discovery The phrase “larger than life” many times throughout history has been applied to describe the impact of scientific discoveries and revolutionary technologies. At the University of Notre Dame, precision instruments and state-of-the-art facilities, such as the electron microscopy core within the Integrated Imaging Facility, are beginning to fill in gaps and reveal details that are propelling science beyond what is known.

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Neal Named to NAS Committee

nwelding   December 04, 2017

Neal Named to NAS Committee The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has selected Clive R. Neal, professor of civil & environmental engineering & earth sciences at the University of Notre Dame, as a member of its committee studying Extraterrestrial Sample Analysis Facilities for the Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences.

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Inaugural Gold Mass and Lecture Uplift Those in Science and Engineering

nwelding   December 01, 2017

Inaugural Gold Mass and Lecture Uplift Those in Science and Engineering The inaugural Gold Mass and lecture at the University of Notre Dame was held on Nov. 15, 2017, the feast day of Saint Albert the Great, the patron saint of scientists.

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Kareem Elected as Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering

nwelding   November 29, 2017

Kareem Elected as Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering Ahsan Kareem, the Robert Moran Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences, has been elected as a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering.

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Emu Technology Completes $5M Series A-2 Funding Round

nwelding   November 29, 2017

Emu Technology Completes $5M Series A-2 Funding Round From its beginnings in the computer science and engineering labs at the University of Notre Dame, Emu is commercializing technologies to eliminate the bottleneck between memory and logic capabilities in computer systems.

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Snider Named 2018 IEEE Fellow

nwelding   November 27, 2017

Snider Named 2018 IEEE Fellow Gregory Snider, professor of electrical engineering, has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

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Close Collaboration Sheds Light on Collective Behaviors

nwelding   November 21, 2017

Close Collaboration Sheds Light on Collective Behaviors From the earliest of days, researchers have been recording their observations, analyzing what they see to interpret and apply the facts before them. Today, however, imaging especially in biomedical communities requires more than the human eye or even incredibly accurate “cameras.” In cases such as the joint project between Notre Dame and Pennsylvania State University, it requires close collaboration between biologists and computer scientists using deep-learning methods for artificial intelligence to speed up and improve the process.

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What Would You Fight For? Fighting to Protect Our Country

nwelding   November 20, 2017

What Would You Fight For? Fighting to Protect Our Country Since 1993, the International Atomic Energy Agency has tracked 2,500 trafficking cases of nuclear material. While there has yet to be a detonation of a dirty bomb, the threat remains present. In the unlikely event of a nuclear attack on American soil, Notre Dame engineering professor Antonio Simonetti makes one thing clear: The perpetrator could and would be found.

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Christensen Named AAAS Fellow

nwelding   November 20, 2017

Christensen Named AAAS Fellow Kenneth T. Christensen, the Collegiate Professor of Fluid Mechanics and chair of the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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Notre Dame Ecosystem Facility Offers Unique Opportunity to Develop More Accurate Models

nwelding   November 16, 2017

Notre Dame Ecosystem Facility Offers Unique Opportunity to Develop More Accurate Models Although the United States had its industrial revolution in the 1800s, other countries are now experiencing their manufacturing boom in the 21st century. This means that more advanced manufactured materials are being produced, including engineered nanoparticles whose exact impact on the environment and human health are unknown, but whose effects could be quite negative. To better understand such threats, researchers are using the Notre Dame Linked Experimental Ecosystem Facility to study how these engineered nanoparticles will move and spread in the natural environment.

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Developing a Better Way to Integrate Data from Different Sources

nwelding   November 16, 2017

Developing a Better Way to Integrate Data from Different Sources Research team wins Best Application Paper award at IEEE DSAA2017 as they address ways to better integrate data from different sources through heterogeneous materials information network for use by materials science community.

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Professor Antonio Simonetti’s nuclear forensic research to be featured on "What Would You Fight For?" series

apreston   November 15, 2017

Antonio Simonetti's nuclear research for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will be featured during half-time of the Notre Dame vs. Navy football game as part of the university's "What Would You Fight For?" series.

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Steven H. Walker Appointed 21st DARPA Director

nwelding   November 09, 2017

Steven H. Walker Appointed 21st DARPA Director New director takes helm as DARPA approaches 60th anniversary.

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Natural Hazard Research at Notre Dame: Engineers Putting their Expertise to Work throughout a Busy Season

nwelding   November 08, 2017

Natural Hazard Research at Notre Dame: Engineers Putting their Expertise to Work throughout a Busy Season In a year that included Harvey, Jose, Maria, Nate, Ophelia and Irma, wind and coastal engineers have been scrambling to document infrastructure performance and damage as they continue to seek ways to improve the construction standards and level of hurricane resistance of the country’s infrastructure.

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Gong Takes First in Depression Segment of 2017 Audio/Visual Emotion Challenge

nwelding   November 08, 2017

Gong Takes First in Depression Segment of 2017 Audio/Visual Emotion Challenge Yuan Gong, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has won first place in the depression segment of the 2017 Audio/Visual Emotion Challenge.

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Notre Dame to Lead NNSA-funded Center Focused on Nuclear Chemistry

nwelding   November 07, 2017

 Notre Dame to Lead NNSA-funded Center Focused on Nuclear Chemistry The University of Notre Dame will lead a National Nuclear Security Administration Actinide Center of Excellence (ACE) to conduct research in actinide and nuclear chemistry.

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Additive Manufacturing May Hold Key to Transforming Nanomaterials into Multifunctional Devices

nwelding   November 03, 2017

Additive Manufacturing May Hold Key to Transforming Nanomaterials into Multifunctional Devices Yanliang Zhang and his team in the Advanced Manufacturing and Energy Lab are developing an innovative and highly scalable additive manufacturing process that may hold the key to transform the nanomaterials into multifunctional devices. Their work aims to fabricate high-performance and flexible energy harvesters, sensors and electronic devices.

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Notre Dame’s Inaugural Gold Mass to be Celebrated Nov. 15

nwelding   October 26, 2017

Notre Dame’s Inaugural Gold Mass to be Celebrated Nov. 15 The inaugural Gold Mass for scientists and engineers will be celebrated at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 15) in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame.

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Researchers Seek to Model Social Interactions across Online Environments

nwelding   October 24, 2017

Researchers Seek to Model Social Interactions across Online Environments What makes people share and react to information online? Like "neurons in a giant brain," the connection is vital to the nation's well-being as communications, and even actions, can quickly be impacted across online environments. This is what a multidisciplinary group of engineers and scientists, including a team from the University of Notre Dame, are working to better understand.

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Notre Dame Joins ACCelerate: ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival

nwelding   October 16, 2017

Notre Dame Joins ACCelerate: ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival Notre Dame students and faculty will put their creativity and ingenuity on display as they showcase ongoing projects in civic engagement, health, design and technology during the ACCelerate: ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival.

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Nigam Takes Second at ACM Student Research Competition

nwelding   October 12, 2017

Nigam Takes Second at ACM Student Research Competition Aastha Nigam, a doctoral student in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, placed second in the graduate division of the Association for Computing Machinery’s Student Research Competition held Oct. 4-6 during the recent Grace Hopper Celebration in Orlando, Fla.

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No Longer Science Fiction: Establishing a Base on the Moon

apreston   October 12, 2017

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences Professor Clive Neal will attend the annual meeting of the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group to discuss the establishment of a permanent Moon base.

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Notre Dame Faculty Receive ARO Young Investigator Program Awards

nwelding   October 11, 2017

Notre Dame Faculty Receive ARO Young Investigator Program Awards The Army Research Office has recognized two University of Notre Dame computer science and engineering faculty members — Dong Wang and Tim Weninger — with Young Investigator Program (YIP) awards for 2017.

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Sustainability and Resiliency: Key Components in Rebuilding After the Mexico City Earthquake

apreston   October 06, 2017

As Mexico City rebuilds, changes in structural design after the 1985 earthquake will be called into question, along with new practices to make buildings resilient and sustainable.

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Researchers Receive Funding to Advance Accuracy of Hurricane Storm Surge Forecasts

nwelding   October 05, 2017

Researchers Receive Funding to Advance Accuracy of Hurricane Storm Surge Forecasts Supporting the need for increased understanding of natural disasters through improved modeling and forecasting, the National Science Foundation awarded a team of University of Notre Dame engineers nearly $1 million to advance accuracy in forecasting storm surge.

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Research Awards Continue to Grow: Notre Dame Faculty to Receive more than $396K in DURIP Grants

nwelding   October 03, 2017

Research Awards Continue to Grow: Notre Dame Faculty to Receive more than $396K in DURIP Grants Three Notre Dame faculty — Jason Hicks, David Go and Thomas Juliano — received Department of Defense (DoD) Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) grants for 2017, totaling more than $396K.

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Notre Dame Students “Researching like Champions” to Cure Cancer

nwelding   September 28, 2017

Notre Dame Students “Researching like Champions” to Cure Cancer Meet some of the players fighting to cure cancer with Notre Dame and the Harper Cancer Research Institute’s relatively new program — Research Like a Champion.These students aren’t only scientists — they’re engineers; they’re philosophers; they could be anybody who’s thought of a new way to attack cancer.

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A New Class of Spin-Wave-Based Devices May Improve Overcrowded Electromagnetic Spectrum

nwelding   September 27, 2017

A New Class of Spin-Wave-Based Devices May Improve Overcrowded Electromagnetic Spectrum A team of researchers at the University of Notre Dame is putting a new “spin” on wireless communications, one that could significantly improve the efficiency of radio spectrum utilization [access and processing] while at the same time providing improved energy efficiency within devices.

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New Engineering Research Center to Focus on Challenges of Upgrading Shale Gas

nwelding   September 12, 2017

New Engineering Research Center to Focus on Challenges of Upgrading Shale Gas Chemical engineers at the University of Notre Dame will contribute their expertise in materials development and modeling to a new research center that will focus on new methods of converting shale gas reserves into chemicals and transportation fuel.

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