Spotlight on Research - Winter 2010

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Distinctive Facilities: Geotechnical Engineering and Mechanics Group

A 400 g-ton centrifuge

Technology Transfer News - Winter 2010

TTO teams with Tigon EnerTec

New Projects - Winter 2010

Keith Porter (CEAE) received a grant from the Global Earthquake Model to model the seismic vulnerability of buildings around the world. He and his colleagues will develop standards for estimating earthquake vulnerability in different countries and for different classes of buildings, gathering earthquake experience data where available, and developing analytical methods based on structural engineering principles to estimate the vulnerability of other buildings.

Dejan Filipovic (ECEE) received a $1.2 million grant from ONR to study multifunctional arrays and frequency independent antennas.

Rich Regueiro (CEAE) received a grant from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command's Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center to develop an ultra-structurally based computational model to simulate blast loading of the ocular lens.

Michael Hannigan (MCEN) is the principal investigator on a $500,000 award from EPA to provide new emissions models for coarse PM and PM10 because of their adverse health effects. In addition to accurately updating existing models, his team will develop a new emissions model to simulate the emissions of primary biological particles.

Gerhard Fisher (CSCI) received an NSF Cyber-Enabled Discovery and Innovation grant of $660,000 to study transformative models of learning and discovery in cultures of participation.

Keith Molenaar (CEAE) received a $500,000 grant from the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies to study alternative quality management systems for highway construction.

Frank Barnes (ECEE) received $972,000 from the DOE to study security in smart grid communication systems.

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

Research Metrics - Winter 2010

Last year was an extraordinarily productive one for the college in all regards, and amazingly, this year is off to an even stronger start. Especially noteworthy is a new $1.8M grant from DOE for Strategic Training in Networking for Power Systems secured by Tim Brown (ECEE) of the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program. Congratulations to our nearly 200 faculty and our supporting staff for their exceptional performance! 

Research Awards
in Millions for the Fiscal Periods July-Oct

Research Proposals Submitted
for the Fiscal Periods July-Oct

For a complete list of proposals, see the OCG Monthly Proposals Report.

Research Center Spotlight: iMINT

The Center on Nanoscale Science and Technology for Integrated Micro/Nano-Electromechanical Transducers (iMINT) conducts tightly integrated fundamental studies aimed at establishing the necessary knowledge base to facilitate successful integration of Micro/Nano-Electromechanical Systems (M/NEMS) into engineering systems.  IMINT consists of CU faculty in Mechanical Engineering, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Chemistry, and Physics, as well as faculty at UT-Austin and UCLA, and researchers at NIST.  Currently 23 graduate and post-doctoral students at CU carry out research in iMINT.

iMINT is funded by the Defense Advanced Projects Agency (DARPA) through their M/NEMS Science and Technology Fundamentals Focus Center program which funds seven centers across the country.  These centers are all funded by DARPA and a suite of industrial sponsors who partner to transition fundamental advances into commercial technologies. Current iMINT sponsors are QinetiQ - North America, Ibiden USA, DuPont, Lockheed Martin, and NREL. In addition to iMINT at CU, DARPA M/NEMS Centers reside at UC San Diego, UC Irvine, UC Berkeley, Stanford, Harvard, and Carnegie Mellon.

Current iMINT research is focused on challenging problems with GaN nanowires for light emitting diodes, solar blind sensors, and nanomechanical resonators for mass sensing, synthesis of graphene, its electrical and mechanical behavior, and its incorporation into devices, 3-D configured and/or all-solid-state batteries for embedded energy units in future N/MEMS, and atomic and molecular deposition of ultra-thin coatings and their characterization and exploitation in N/MEMS.

Distinctive Facilities: Geotechnical Engineering and Mechanics Group

The Geotechnical Engineering and Geomechanics group in CEAE has developed world-class experimental and computing facilities that includes a state-of-the-art centrifuge laboratory used for research, industry design, and instructional purposes. The facilities include three geotechnical centrifuges. The largest, a 400 g-ton centrifuge, is one of the most powerful in the world. It is capable of accelerating a 4,000 lb payload to a maximum of 200 g in about 14 minutes, and can simulate earthquake motions in flight by utilizing a servo-hydraulic shake-table. The machine is used for numerous research projects investigating the static and seismic performance of retaining structures and slopes, seepage mechanisms, contaminant transport, and offshore foundation structures.

The facilities also include a 15 g-ton centrifuge, which has a symmetrical arm comprised of aluminum sections carrying swing-baskets at each end. The 15 g-ton centrifuge accommodates experimental payloads up to 18 x 17.5 x 23 inches and will accelerate a payload of 300 pounds up to 200 g. This mid-size centrifuge is currently being renovated to be used as a centrifuge permeameter. Please contact Prof. John McCartney (CEAE) for information regarding these facilities.

Technology Transfer News - Winter 2010

The CU Technology Transfer Office (TTO) pursues, protects, packages, and licenses to business the intellectual property generated from CEAS researchers. TTO provides assistance to faculty, staff, and students, as well as to businesses looking to license or invest in CU technology. The past six years have seen significant increase in activity between CEAS researchers and TTO (see below). 

Recently TTO teamed with Tigon EnerTec to commercialize hybrid aircraft propulsion technology developed in Jean Koster’s (ASEN) lab (above). 

TTO Activities Resulting from CEAS Research

  2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Invention Disclosures 51 57 57 70 78 64
Patents Filed 32 32 50 58 50 31
Exclusive License and Option Agreements 7 5 2 7 8 8
Total Commercial Agreements 23 11 16 15 13 16
Start up companies 2 3 4 2 6 2

For information about TTO, contact Kate Tallman (303-492-5732) or Marty or Jeff in the ADR's office.

How Can We Help?

The Office of the Associate Dean for Research assists college faculty and departments in all research-related activities. We provide support for proposal cost-sharing, travel to funding agencies, and interdisciplinary seminars (click here for info).  

Information on current funding opportunities as well as myriad information about funding agencies, proposal preparation, etc. can be found at, the new password-protected research web site for CEAS faculty only (contact Jeff Sczechowski for access if you cannot find the login information that was emailed to you).   We are continually updating and improving this website so please let us know if you have suggestions.

Recently we hosted a series of workshops to help faculty and graduate students prepare competitive graduate fellowship proposals.  Information from those workshops as well as a list of fellowship opportunities can be found at We encourage you to visit this list and help your students pursue fellowship opportunities.  We are continually updating the fellowship list so please help us identify ones that we are missing.

We welcome your feedback in general and encourage you to let us know how we can further help support your research programs. Contact either:

Marty Dunn
Associate Dean for Research

Jeff Sczechowski
Coordinator for Research Opportunities

Linda Rose
Coordinator for Research Facilitation

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