Spotlight on Research - Fall 2010

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Research Metrics - Fall 2010

An extraordinarily productive year

Research Center Spotlight: RECUV

RECUV has an exciting summer

New Projects - Fall 2010

CEAE faculty receive NSF RAPID grants to study aspects of the gulf oil spill:  Karl Linden and Fernando Rosario-Ortiz will study the Environmental Fate of Oil Dispersants Used in the Gulf Cleanup, and Mark Hernandez, Kevin McCabe, and Alina Handorean will study Air Quality and Respiratory Health Risks Stemming from the Gulf Oil Spill

Rich Noble and Doug Gin (CHBE) receive $3.1M from DOE-ARPAe to develop a Carbon Capture approach with thin ionic liquid membranes that will allow the separation of carbon dioxide from combustion exhaust at high rates, reducing the cost and size of membrane technology for carbon-capture devices at places like coal-fired plants

John Zhai (CEAE), Kurt Maute (ASEN), Jerry Qi (MCEN), Yifu Ding (MCEN), and Fred Andreas (CU Denver, Architecture) receive $2.0M from the NSF Office of Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation to Develop a 'Living Wall' Concept to Slash Energy Use

David Klaus (ASEN) and a team of ASEN faculty were selected by the FAA as a  partner in the newly formed Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation

For a complete list of new projects, see the OCG Monthly Awards Report

Research Metrics - Fall 2010

The last year was an extraordinarily productive one for the college in all regards, and the faculty, staff, and graduate students are commended for their exceptional performance!  New research awards reached a record high of $66M in FY10, a >50% increase over the last two years, with strong performances by all departments. About $15M of the $66M was ARRA (stimulus package) funding. Especially noteworthy is ECEE with $15.8M in new awards, a three-fold increase over the last four years.  22 new awards were in excess of $500K for a total of $22M and four were in excess of $1M: PIs for these were Leysia Palen (CSCI), Y. C. Lee (MCEN), Tim Brown (ECEE), and Zoya Popovic (ECEE).  Also reaching a record high were proposals submitted, with CEAS faculty submitting 698.  The figures below show funding trends over the past few years, along with a breakdown of the source of funds in FY10.  Research funding over the last few years has been well-used in the college, leading to 3.1 journal publications (led by CHBE with 6.6) and 2.2 reviewed conference papers (led by CSCI at 3.3) per faculty member in CY 09.  It has helped support 5.1 graduate students per faculty member across the college.

Research Awards in $Millions

Research Proposals Submitted

Funding Sources

>> Read more in the Campus 2010 OCG Report

Research Center Spotlight: RECUV

Faculty and students from the Research and Engineering Center for Unmanned Vehicles (RECUV) had an exciting summer with the VORTEX2 tornado field campaign.  They not only conducted the first intercept of a supercell thunderstorm with an unmanned vehicle, but also achieved the first intercept of a tornadic storm and penetrated the targeted rear flank downdraft of that storm to collect valuable scientific data.
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RECUV is a university, government, and industry partnership dedicated to the development and application of unmanned vehicle systems with research that encompasses scientific experiments, commercial applications, mitigation of natural and man-made disasters, security, and defense.  Major funding agencies include NSF, FAA, DARPA, and the Air Force.

The center is currently partnering with Brigham Young University on an I/UCRC application, for which it received a planning grant to solicit industry support. Faculty involved include Brian Argrow, Eric Frew, Tim Brown, and Dale Lawrence. Other activities include helping to incubate a new company, Forge Aeronautics, started by current and former RECUV students. RECUV currently has about 15 graduate students engaged in research.

Distinctive Facilities: NCF and CNL

Two world-class user facilities have been developed in the college over the last few years to support myriad research activities: the Nanomaterials Characterization Facility (NCF) and the Colorado Nanofabrication laboratory (CNL):

The CNL, directed by Bart Van Zeghbroeck (ECEE), provides expertise, facilities, infrastructure and teaming environments to enable and facilitate interdisciplinary research in microelectronics, optoelectronics, and MEMS.  The CNL is one of the 14 members of the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN). Supported by the National Science Foundation, the NNIN offers a geographically dispersed network of user facilities to enable rapid advancements in science, engineering, and technology at the nanoscale. As a member, the CNL provides access to technological expertise and nanotechnology instrumentation that would otherwise be out of reach for many researchers in industry and academia. CNL also participates in a multitude of NNIN educational activities.  The CNL occupies 5,500 sq ft of laboratory space in the ECEE department equipped with a wide variety of fabrication and research tools suitable for micro/nano-electronics and MEMS devices, including photolithography, thin-film deposition, plasma and chemical etching, and characterization processes.

A GaN nanowire on a MEMS tensile test platform fabricated by Joseph Brown, Alicia Baca, and Victor Bright in MCEN.

The NCF, directed by Y.C. Lee (MCEN) and housed in the Discovery Learning Center, offers affordable access to researchers from academia, industry, and government laboratories throughout Colorado for testing novel nano-structured materials and systems.  NCF instruments include: Field Emission Electron Microscope (FESEM), Low Vacuum Electron Microscope (LVSEM), Atomic Force Microscope (AFM), Confocal Laser Scanning Microscope (CLSM), Dual Beam Focused Ion Beam (FIB), Two Nano Indenters, X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS), and Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD). The NCF staff of researchers with over 60 years combined experience in nanoscale related sciences offers basic user training, staff-assisted use of the instruments, staff-contracted analysis of samples.

New Website Posts Research Opportunities

The Office of the ADR has completed the first phase of its new website that will assist faculty in identifying research opportunities.  The website is currently set up to gather and post recent RFPs from government agencies, industries, and foundations in one location.  It also has detailed information to help new faculty with "career" proposal preparation. Future website development will include insight on each agency from faculty members who have considerable expertise with that agency and the posting of successful example proposals. The website can be found at; however, it is password-protected and accessible only to CEAS faculty. Please contact Jeff Sczechowski for access.

How Can We Help?

The Office of the ADR assists CEAS faculty and departments in all research-related aspects.  We provide support for proposal costsharing, travel to funding agencies, and interdisciplinary seminars (click here for info). Our resources are focused on identifying opportunities for support and helping develop competitive teams to respond to them. We plan to increasingly support faculty efforts to navigate the contracting process as their awards are processed.  We welcome your feedback and encourage you to let us know how we can further help in these areas. Contact either:

Marty Dunn
Associate Dean for Research

Jeff Sczechowski
Coordinator for Research Opportunities

Linda Rose
Coordinator for Research Facilitation

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