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

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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Neal Named to NAS Committee

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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Kareem Elected as Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering

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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Snider Named 2018 IEEE Fellow

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Faculty Receive ARO Young Investigator Program Awards

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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Researchers Receive Funding to Advance Accuracy of Hurricane Storm Surge Forecasts

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

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

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

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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Researchers Tackle Ovarian Cancer Using a Multidisciplinary Approach

Researchers Tackle Ovarian Cancer Using a Multidisciplinary Approach

September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Ovarian cancer is among the most deadly of all cancers, though because of less awareness, most cities won’t be as blanketed in teal (ovarian cancer’s awareness color) as they are bathed in pink for October’s focus on breast cancer. But researchers at the Harper Cancer Research Institute, a collaboration between the University of Notre Dame and the Indiana University School of Medicine South Bend, are working with community partners to not only foster awareness of ovarian cancer but also to develop tests for early detection, create novel chemotherapies, and target a cure.

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What Would You Fight For? Fighting to Walk Again

What Would You Fight For? Fighting to Walk Again

James Schmiedeler, associate professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, builds and conducts research with biped robots. Even though physical therapy experience is conspicuously absent from his CV, as an engineer, he sees parallels. “It’s not too hard as an engineer to look at the human body and think of it as a mechanical system, and if you include the nerves, an electromechanical system,” says Schmiedeler. “By attempting to improve the control of robots to conduct smoother, more human-like locomotion, we also hope to better understand where the deficits lie in helping human patients relearn healthy walking.”

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Location. Location. Location. It’s Important in Storm Surge and Inundation Prediction Too

Location. Location. Location. It’s Important in Storm Surge and Inundation Prediction Too

As part of a National Science Foundation grant, Andrew Kennedy and collaborators from Oregon State University and the University of Southern California are studying ways to create more accurate computational models of coastal storm surge and tsunami inundation in developed coastal areas, using the structures, materials, and methods of construction that are particular to the section of coast at risk. This would enable more accurate predictions of damage that would be specific to the those densely populated areas and their built environments.

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Researchers at NDnano Look Two Steps Ahead to Stand Apart in a Competitive Field

Researchers at NDnano Look Two Steps Ahead to Stand Apart in a Competitive Field

Notre Dame’s nanotechnology research efforts date back to the 1980s, when the studies were mostly simulation-based and focused on computation advancements. In the three decades since, research at the University’s Center for Nano Science and Technology (NDnano) has grown and evolved in a forward-thinking and distinctive way.

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Researchers Discover New Chemical Process that Could Reduce Nitrogen Oxides from Diesel Exhaust

Researchers Discover New Chemical Process that Could Reduce Nitrogen Oxides from Diesel Exhaust

Chemical engineers at the University of Notre Dame have discovered a catalytic process that could help curb emissions of nitrogen oxides from diesel-powered vehicles, a priority air pollutant that is a key ingredient in smog.

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Researchers Work to Unlock Clues to How Cells Move through the Body

Researchers Work to Unlock Clues to How Cells Move through the Body

A team of researchers, led by Notre Dame's Zhangli Peng and co-investigator Juan del Alamo of the University of California at San Diego, is studying the transmigration of red blood cells through inter-endothelial slits in the spleen, the narrowest point in the body through which these cells travel, to provide important clues in a variety of physiological and pathological processes and potentially impact the design of artificial organs and other biomedical devices.

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Endowment Recognizes Uhran for His Impact on Engineering Education

Endowment Recognizes Uhran for His Impact on Engineering Education

Former students honor John J. Uhran Jr., for his impact on their careers and his contribution to engineering education in general.

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Webber Named One of 35 Under 35 by AIChE

Webber Named One of 35 Under 35 by AIChE

Assistant Professor Matthew Webber,has been named one of the 35 under 35 inaugural class of professionals by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

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Engineering Faculty Awarded DURIP Grants for Tunable Laser System and Transonic Wind Tunnel Research

Engineering Faculty Awarded DURIP Grants for Tunable Laser System and Transonic Wind Tunnel Research

Highly competitive, the annual DURIP awards process is a merit competition conducted jointly by the Army Research Office (ARO), Office of Naval Research (ONR), and Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). This year the DoD received more than 685 proposals. Approximately 160 of the proposals have been or will be funded. To date Notre Dame faculty — David Bartels, David Go, and Scott Morris — have received two Department of Defense (DoD) Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) grants for 2017, totaling more than $773,000.

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Modern Day Money: Current Environmental Impacts Embedded in Early 20th Century Paintings

Modern Day Money: Current Environmental Impacts Embedded in Early 20th Century Paintings

When recent Notre Dame engineering graduate Josh Erickson was asked to take a creative approach to a project for his Reactive Transport class this past spring, using the works of Claude Monet was a thought that came easily to him. Erickson used "pollution" to transform the famous images of natural, untouched landscapes into grim images representing the harsh realities of contamination.

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Data Mining for Group Gold: New Study to Map How Committees Work

Data Mining for Group Gold: New Study to Map How Committees Work

Anyone who has served on a committee understands that coming to a consensus can be a lengthy and not altogether pleasant — or effective — process. Along with a general back-and-forth of possible outcomes and other lengthy discussions, there can also be heated arguments before even the smallest decisions can be reached. This group decision-making process is what a team led by Notre Dame’s Tim Weninger will be studying as part of a recently awarded grant from the Army Research Office’s Young Investigator Program.

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Researchers Receive $2.9 Million for 5-year Monsoon Study

Researchers Receive $2.9 Million for 5-year Monsoon Study

A team of researchers at the University of Notre Dame, led by Harindra Joseph Fernando, are at the forefront of a five-year study to measure oceanic and atmospheric conditions and flow patterns of monsoons across the Indian Ocean, in particular Bay of Bengal, to help improve predictive models.

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Ahsan Kareem Helps Lead New Center in Building Capacity to Predict the Impact of Natural Disasters

Ahsan Kareem Helps Lead New Center in Building Capacity to Predict the Impact of Natural Disasters

Damage to infrastructure stemming from weather and climate related natural hazards is a focus of the Computational Modeling and Simulation Center, a new center co-led by the University of Notre Dame’s Ahsan Kareem, the Robert M.Moran Professor of Engineering in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences.

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Novel Platform Uses Nanoparticles to Detect Peanut Allergies

Novel Platform Uses Nanoparticles to Detect Peanut Allergies

Researchers in Notre Dame's Department of Chemical Engineering have developed a novel platform to more accurately detect and identify the presence and severity of peanut allergies, without directly exposing patients to the allergen.

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