Press Releases 2012

ESTEEM Student Working with AD&T Recognized as Rising Star in Africa

staff   March 22, 2012

ESTEEM Student Working with AD&T Recognized as Rising Star in Africa Dina Imbabazi, a student in the University of Notre Dame’s Engineering, Science, and Technology Entrepreneurship Excellence Masters program (ESTEEM), has been invited to be an official associate of the Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance (HEA), a leading group that supports entrepreneurial engagement opportunities for the next generation of African professionals.

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New Paper by Notre Dame Researchers Describes Method for Cleaning up Nuclear Waste

staff   March 21, 2012

New Paper by Notre Dame Researchers Describes Method for Cleaning up Nuclear Waste While the costs associated with storing nuclear waste and the possibility of it leaching into the environment remain legitimate concerns, they may no longer be obstacles on the road to cleaner energy. A new paper by researchers at the University of Notre Dame, led by Thomas E. Albrecht-Schmitt, professor of civil engineering and geological sciences and concurrent professor of chemistry and biochemistry, showcases Notre Dame Thorium Borate-1 (NDTB-1) as a crystalline compound that can be tailored to safely absorb radioactive ions from nuclear waste streams. Once captured, the radioactive ions can then be exchanged for higher-charged species of a similar size, recycling the material for re-use.

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Engineering Faculty Receive CAREER Awards

staff   March 20, 2012

Engineering Faculty Receive CAREER Awards Two faculty members in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame — Arezoo Ardekani, the Rev. John Cardinal O’Hara, C.S.C., Assistant Professor; and Assistant Professor Philippe Sucosky — have been named recipients of the 2012 National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. The award is the highest honor given by the U.S. government to young faculty in engineering and science.

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$6-million Scholarship Gift is Largest Ever for Notre Dame Engineers

staff   March 14, 2012

$6-million Scholarship Gift is Largest Ever for Notre Dame Engineers The College of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame has announced a $6-million gift from the Fotsch Family, to establish the William E. Fotsch Family Undergraduate Scholarship in Engineering.

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New Paper Examines Issues Raised by Fukushima Reactor Accident

staff   March 8, 2012

New Paper Examines Issues Raised by Fukushima Reactor Accident As the one-year anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi reactor accident is marked on March 11, a new paper by Peter C. Burns, the Henry Massman Professor of Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, and colleagues from the University of Michigan and the University of California-Davis, stresses that we need much more knowledge about how nuclear fuel interacts with the environment during and after an accident.

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New Study Examines Microorganisms in Aquatic Systems

staff   March 6, 2012

New Study Examines Microorganisms in Aquatic Systems Microorganisms play pivotal functions in nature, particularly within aquatic ecosystems. Whether in an ocean or a lake, they are key players in the food chain and the vitality of individual ecosystems. A team of researchers led by Arezoo M. Ardekani, the Rev. John Cardinal O’Hara, C.S.C., Assistant Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has shown that density stratification, a frequent feature of aquatic environments, has important ecological consequences on these small organisms.

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Engineering Professor Timothy Ovaert Receives 1st Source Commercialization Award

staff   March 6, 2012

Engineering Professor Timothy Ovaert Receives 1st Source Commercialization Award Timothy Ovaert, professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has been named recipient of the 1st Source Commercialization Award celebrating research that has made it to the marketplace.

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Brennecke Elected to National Academy of Engineering

staff   February 10, 2012

Brennecke Elected to National Academy of Engineering Joan F. Brennecke, the Keating-Crawford Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has been elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for her innovation in the use of ionic liquids and supercritical fluids for environmentally benign chemical processing.

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New Paper Examines Seawater’s Effect on Nuclear Fuel

staff   February 6, 2012

New Paper Examines Seawater’s Effect on Nuclear Fuel Japanese officials used seawater to cool nuclear fuel at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant following last March’s tsunami. Although it was likely the best course of action at the time, a new study coauthored by University of Notre Dame researchers suggests that the action may have had unanticipated consequences.

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Engineering Students Building Hope through Bridge Construction

staff   January 30, 2012

Engineering Students Building Hope through Bridge Construction “Building Bridges-Building Hope” is the motto of an innovative program in the University of Notre Dame’s College of Engineering that enables undergraduate students to use the knowledge they have gained to benefit residents of impoverished countries.

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Missouri S&T Selects First Female Chancellor; ND Grad

staff   January 23, 2012

Missouri S&T Selects First Female Chancellor; ND Grad From the January 19, 2012, issue of the News-Leader.com A former engineering dean at Boise State University in Idaho has been hired as the first female chancellor at Missouri University of Science and Technology, the school announced Thursday. Cheryl B. Schrader replaces John "Jack" Carney III, who retired last August after six years, overseeing the school's name change from the University of Missouri-Rolla. Schrader, 49, is an associate vice president for strategic research initiatives and former engineering dean at Boise State, where she has worked since 2003. She began her teaching career at Notre Dame, where she received master's and doctorate degrees, and later taught at Rice and the University of Texas at San Antonio.

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Face Recognition in the Nose-Job Era

staff   January 23, 2012

The Wall Street Journal U.S. Edition Review: Ideas Market January 20, 2012 By Christopher Shea Face-recognition technology is crossing a new threshold: identifying people even after they’ve had plastic surgery.

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Kareem Appointed to Homeland Security Risk Assessment Committee

staff   January 19, 2012

Kareem Appointed to Homeland Security Risk Assessment Committee Ahsan Kareem, the Robert Moran Professor of Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed by the National Research Council, Division of Earth and Life Sciences, of the National Academy of Sciences to serve on the Committee on the Evaluation of a Site-Specific Risk Assessment for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Planned National Bio-and Agro-Defense Facility.

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In Memoriam: Nai-Chien Huang, Professor Emeritus of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

staff   January 19, 2012

In Memoriam: Nai-Chien Huang, Professor Emeritus of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Nai-Chien Huang, professor emeritus of aerospace and mechanical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, died Sunday (Jan. 15) at his home in Los Altos, Calif., after a long illness. He was 79 years old.

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In memoriam: Nai-Chien Huang, professor emeritus of aerospace and mechanical engineering

ckelly   January 18, 2012

Nai-Chien Huang, professor emeritus of aerospace and mechanical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, died Sunday (Jan. 15) at his home in Los Altos, Calif., after a long illness. He was 79 years old.

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Wolfgang Porod to Help Review U.S. National Nanotechnology Efforts

jbirdsell   January 13, 2012

 Wolfgang Porod to Help Review U.S. National Nanotechnology Efforts University of Notre Dame professor Wolfgang Porod has been invited to serve on the committee conducting a comprehensive strategic review of the US government’s National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI).

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