Category: Research and Innovation

Hydrologist Marc Muller receives NSF CAREER Award for new methods to inform response to climate change

Marc Muller, assistant professor in civil and environmental engineering and earth sciences, has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Critical Aspects of Sustainability (CAS) CAREER award. CAREER awards are among the highest honors awarded to young faculty. CAS awards provide support for …

Omo River Valley, Ethiopia

With land grabs comes competition for water — and local farmers are likely to lose

Water from Ethiopia’s Omo River, which flows for 472 miles along the country’s southwest side, has helped sustain the livelihood of tribal populations for hundreds of years. Human rights organizations have estimated 200,000 people in the region rely on the Omo’s water for cattle and to grow …

Roy Stillwell working on Nearwave device

Ready for launch: New imaging device for breast cancer detection and monitoring goes from idea to prototype

When electrical engineering Ph.D. students Roy Stillwell and Vince Kitsmiller were writing mock grant proposals for their biophotonics class, little did they realize that one of the ideas they were pitching would lead to a promising start-up. Their idea was to build a handheld medical imaging …

Matthew Zahr

Matthew Zahr receives Navy Young Investigator Award to develop new simulation technology for hypersonic flow

Matthew J. Zahr, assistant professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering, has received a Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) award from the Office of Naval Research. The ONR YIP is one of the nation’s most selective research early-career awards in science and technology. It …

Margaret Coad

Vine robots: Exploring new paths to safety and health

The animal kingdom has long been a source of inspiration for the design of robots, which use legs to walk, run, jump, and climb. Now researchers are pioneering a new class of soft robots inspired by the plant kingdom — especially vines, which use growth as a way to move around, over, and …

Mark Plecnik receives NSF CAREER Award for new mathematical framework for designing mechanisms in robotics

Mark Plecnik, assistant professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering, has received the National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award. The CAREER award is NSF’s most prestigious program in support of young faculty who have the potential to serve as …

Ron Metoyer standing at his desk

Oasis in the desert: Computer scientist and engineer aims to bring healthier food to people far from grocery stores

Millions of Americans live in a food desert — an area with limited access to affordable, nutritious food. As a result, many of these Americans often end up with unhealthy and costly options for their meals. Ron Metoyer, a Notre Dame computer scientist and engineer who specializes in data …

Exploring mechano-immunology for clues in the fight against brain tumors

Meenal Datta, assistant professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering, was recently awarded a National Institutes of Health Career Transition Award through the National Cancer Institute for her work at the intersection of mechanical engineering and cancer immunology. She is working to …

Fog moves in as the research vessel Hugh R. Sharp departs St. John's Harbor in Newfoundland, Canada

Data from months in a fog paint a clearer picture for future forecasts

Fog is one of the least predictable weather phenomena. It doesn’t matter if it comes in on the “little cat feet” of poetry or rolls down the coastline like a locomotive. Fog can stymie daily life, affecting communication, transportation, and defense. “A better understanding of how and …

Rob Nerenberg and Yanina Nahum

Improving therapies for people with cystic fibrosis using the bioacoustic effect

Professors Robert Nerenberg and Albert Cerrone, both faculty in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences at Notre Dame, are developing ways to improve the health and quality of life for people with cystic fibrosis, the genetic disease that can cause persistent lung infections and …