Press Releases 2014

Riek to Participate in Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium

nwelding   September 29, 2014

Riek to Participate in Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium Laurel Riek, the Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has been selected as one of the nation’s 77 most innovative young engineering educators.

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National Security and Nuclear Materials: Using Forensic Science in a Nuclear Age

nwelding   September 22, 2014

National Security and Nuclear Materials: Using Forensic Science in a Nuclear Age When asked about the role of forensics in society, people might point to TV shows like the CSI series and its offshoots as examples of the type of information that forensics can uncover. At its core forensics takes the adage, “You can’t judge a book by its cover” literally and focuses on understanding materials, processes, and reactions. While the actors in the series usually find their answers within an hour, researchers like Antonio Simonetti, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and earth sciences, and his team are working at a different pace to carefully build foundational research for the nation’s most immediate needs, as well as for its future.

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Global Engineering Deans Council Taps Notre Dame’s Kilpatrick 
for Two-year Leadership Term

nwelding   September 15, 2014

Global Engineering Deans Council Taps Notre Dame’s Kilpatrick 
for Two-year Leadership Term Peter Kilpatrick, the Matthew H. McCloskey Dean of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has been elected as chair of the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC).

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Neal Named to NASA Planetary Science Subcommittee

nwelding   September 12, 2014

Neal Named to NASA Planetary Science Subcommittee The Science Mission Directorate/Planetary Science Division of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has named Clive R. Neal, professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, to a select team of scientists who will serve as a link between the scientific community and NASA policies and programs. His appointment, which became effective Sept. 1, 2014, will run through Aug. 31, 2017.

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Indiana CTSI-supported IU-Notre Dame Collaboration To Support New Imaging Service

nwelding   September 11, 2014

Indiana CTSI-supported IU-Notre Dame Collaboration To Support New Imaging Service As technology increases the ability to gather visual data on the body's "microenvironment," the ability to process that information doesn’t always keep pace. To address this gap, Indiana University School of Medicine scientists have teamed up with computer scientists from the University of Notre Dame — with support from the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute —to grapple with the results of this "Big Data."

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Notre Dame and Major New York Medical Group Collaborate on Biomedical Research

nwelding   September 8, 2014

Notre Dame and Major New York Medical Group Collaborate on Biomedical Research The University of Notre Dame and Feinstein Institute for Medical Research have announced a plan to collaborate on biomedical research projects, student training, joint conferences and other forms of academic exchange.

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Notre Dame Collaborations Receive Seed Grants for High-Impact Research

nwelding   September 3, 2014

Notre Dame Collaborations Receive Seed Grants for High-Impact Research The Advanced Diagnostics & Therapeutics initiative at the University of Notre Dame is pleased to announce that it has awarded seed funding to five new research projects across three interdisciplinary themes: precision medicine, environmental health, and mobile diagnostics. In each case, the funds will be used to gather preliminary data and validation of innovative ideas proposed by Notre Dame faculty and their collaborators to solve difficult real-world problems.

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Flynn Named Duda Professor of Engineering

nwelding   August 26, 2014

Flynn Named Duda Professor of Engineering Patrick J. Flynn, professor of computer science and engineering and concurrent professor of electrical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has been named the Duda Family Professor of Engineering in recognition of his long-standing contributions to foundational knowledge in computer vision and biometrics, as well as his outstanding contributions to students and the learning environment.

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Notre Dame E2E Group Develops Novel Housing Solution for Haiti

nwelding   August 20, 2014

Notre Dame E2E Group Develops Novel Housing Solution for Haiti In response to the housing crisis caused by the Jan. 2010 earthquake in Haiti, University of Notre Dame faculty Tracy Kijewski-Correa and Alexandros Taflanidis and graduate student Dustin Mix visited Haiti and subsequently created “Engineering2Empower” (E2E). Although the Notre Dame engineers recognized the well-intentioned recovery efforts of nongovernmental organizations and other charitable agencies, they soon realized much more fundamental problems were plaguing housing in Haiti.

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Kurama Named PCI 2014 Distinguished Educator

nwelding   August 20, 2014

Kurama Named PCI 2014 Distinguished Educator The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) has named Yahya Kurama, professor and associate chair of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences, the 2014 Distinguished Educator. Kurama was recognized for his education/teaching record, industry participation and research, much of which has focused on the development of new and innovative types of high-performing precast concrete building structures for seismic regions.

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Notre Dame Biometrics Expert Is Helping To Ensure an Honest Election in Somaliland

nwelding   August 19, 2014

Notre Dame Biometrics Expert Is Helping To Ensure an Honest Election in Somaliland Somaliland declared itself independent in 1991 and has been transforming itself into a rare, multiparty democracy in the Horn of Africa. University of Notre Dame biometrics expert Kevin Bowyer and his Ph.D. students Estefan Ortiz and Amanda Sgroi are playing a critical role in that process.

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Chawla to Receive IEEE CIS Early Career Award

nwelding   August 1, 2014

Chawla to Receive IEEE CIS Early Career Award Nitesh V. Chawla, the Frank M. Freimann Collegiate Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and director of both the Interdisciplinary Center of Network Science and Applications, and the Data, Inference, Analytic and Learning Lab at the University of Notre Dame, has been selected by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) to receive the society’s 2015 Outstanding Early Career Award.

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ND Researchers Receive Grant to Develop Two-Dimensional Memory

nwelding   July 17, 2014

ND Researchers Receive Grant to Develop Two-Dimensional Memory The National Science Foundation’s “Grant Opportunities of Academic Liaison with Industry” (GOALI) program has awarded Notre Dame faculty members Susan Fullerton and Alan Seabaugh $368,000 to develop a new device that relies on the movement of ions to control electron transport in graphene—a single layer of carbon atoms

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Costello Wins Kirchmayer Award

nwelding   July 11, 2014

Costello Wins Kirchmayer Award Daniel J. Costello Jr., the Leonard Bettex Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has been named the recipient of the 2015 Leon K. Kirchmayer Graduate Teaching Award by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

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Kareem Participates in China’s 2014 Foreign Experts Symposium with President Xi Jinping

nwelding   July 11, 2014

Kareem Participates in China’s 2014 Foreign  Experts Symposium with President Xi Jinping International relations do not occur solely in the political arena. High-profile faculty who are experts in their fields often serve as ambassadors to other nations, interacting with academic colleagues in these countries, as well as with political and business leaders. Ahsan Kareem, the Robert M. Moran Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, has engaged in many of these types of opportunities. One of the most recent came through his participation in the 2014 Foreign Experts Symposium in Shanghai earlier this summer.

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Burns Named Director of the Center for Sustainable Energy

nwelding   July 10, 2014

Burns Named Director of the Center for Sustainable Energy Peter C. Burns, the Henry J. Massman Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, and concurrent professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has been named director of the Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (ND Energy).

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Notre Dame Energy Frontier Research Center Receives Further DOE Funding

nwelding   July 7, 2014

Notre Dame Energy Frontier Research Center Receives Further DOE Funding A University of Notre Dame research center has once again been designated an Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and will receive funding to help accelerate the scientific breakthroughs needed to build the 21st-century energy economy.

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Thomson Reuters Names Three Notre Dame Faculty Among the World's Most Influential Scientific Minds

nwelding   July 2, 2014

Thomson Reuters Names Three Notre Dame Faculty Among the World's Most Influential Scientific Minds Joan Brennecke, Bertrand Hochwald, and Prashant Kamat have been named to Thomson Reuters’ list of The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014. The list includes more than 3,200 scientists around the world who have published the highest number of articles that are cited the most frequently by other researchers. The list was compiled from two separate Thomson Reuters studies analyzed for publication and citation data from 21 broad fields of study, ranging from chemistry to social sciences.

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Hicks Receives 2014 CAREER Award

nwelding   July 2, 2014

Hicks Receives 2014 CAREER Award Jason Hicks, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, has been named a recipient of the 2014 National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. The award is the most prestigious honor given to young faculty in engineering and science by the National Science Foundation.

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Notre Dame Collaborating with Five Partners to Build Nation's Top Turbine Engine Component Research and Testing Facility

nwelding   June 26, 2014

Notre Dame Collaborating with Five Partners to Build Nation's Top Turbine Engine Component Research and Testing Facility The University of Notre Dame and five public and private partners announced Thursday (June 26) a $36 million project that will be the nation’s foremost research and test facility for advancing the technology used in the massive gas turbine engines used by commercial and military aircraft, power plants and the oil and gas industry.

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