Elizabeth Bradley (CS) and Co-PIs Ken Anderson (CS), Thomas Marchitto (INSTAAR) and James White (INSTAAR) received $577,000 from NSF for "INSPIRE: Automating Reasoning in Interpreting Climate Records of the Past."
CEAS departments received three new Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) awards: AES received a total award of $533,000 and ChBE received $400,000 in total funding from the Department of Education. Hanspeter Schaub (AES) and Al Weimer (ChBE) led the submissions for their departments. Bob McLeod (ECE) and Chris Bowman (ChBE) also received an interdisciplinary GAANN totaling $533,000.
Nikolaus Correll (CS) received a NASA early career award for space technology research on tele-operated autonomous greenhouses. The award will provide $600,000 over three years to investigate the key perception and manipulation challenges that will enable robots to grow food in space.
Bill Emery (AES) of CCAR was awarded more than $509,000 by the Department of Transportation for "Large-area Road-surface Quality and Land-cover Classification Using Very-high Spatial Resolution Aerial and Satellite Data."
Ryan Gill (ChBE), RASEI, and Chemistry received $5.2M over 5 years from the DOE as part of a larger $9.2 million project for work on "A Platform for Genome-scale Design, Redesign, and Optimization of Bacterial Systems." The National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are collaborators on this project.
Christine Hrenya (ChBE) received $450,000 from the DOE to conduct innovative solar research aimed at lowering costs of cost-competitive solar energy.
SeHee Lee (ME) and Co-PIs Kurt Maute (AES), Conrad Stoldt (ME), and Jana Milford (ME) received $1.9 million in NSF funding for "Sustainable Energy Pathways: A Lab-to-Market Paradigm for the Optimal Design of Sustainable Energy Storage Materials."
YC Lee (ME) and Co-PIs Kurt Maute (AES) and Steven George (Chemistry & Biochemistry, ChBE) were awarded $1.2 million from NSF for "SNM: Roll-to-Roll Atomic/Molecular Layer Deposition."
John McCartney (CEAE) and Co-PI Adam Reed (Law) received $1.01 million from NSF for work on "Sustainable Energy Pathways Collaborative: Pathways to Scalable, Efficient and Sustainable Soil Borehole Thermal Energy Storage Systems."
An interdisciplinary team of student and faculty engineers has won a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for its proposal to develop a solar-biochar toilet for use in developing countries throughout the world. Environmental engineering professors Karl Linden (CEAE) and R. Scott Summers (CEAE) will join with professor Al Weimer (ChBE) on the project. The grant is part of the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge, or RTTC, initiated by the Gates Foundation to address a sanitation challenge affecting nearly 40 percent of the world’s population. CU-Boulder, which was awarded one of four grants in the second round, will receive nearly $780,000 from the Gates Foundation over a 16-month period starting Sept. 1, 2012. CU joins last year’s grantees Caltech and Stanford as the only U.S. universities to receive an RTTC award.
The art of origami has inspired children and artists all over the world because of the amazing objects that can be created by folding a simple piece of paper. Now an engineering research team at CU-Boulder has won a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a light-controlled approach for “self-assembly” mechanisms in advanced devices based on the same principles. Known as "photo origami," the idea is supported by NSF’s Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) program, which supports interdisciplinary teams working on rapidly advancing frontiers of fundamental engineering research. Jerry Qi (ME) will lead the team developing the photo origami technique. Collaborators will include CU faculty Robert McLeod (ECE), Kurt Maute (AES), and Elisabeth “Beth” Stade of Mathematics, and Patrick Mather of Syracuse University.
The National Science Foundation has awarded a $12 million grant to a University of Colorado Boulder-led team to explore ways to maximize the benefits of natural gas development while minimizing negative impacts on ecosystems and communities. Led by Professor Joseph Ryan (CEAE), the team will examine social, ecological and economic aspects of the development of natural gas resources and the protection of air and water resources. A part of NSF’s Sustainability Research Network initiative (SRN), the project will focus on the Rocky Mountain region, where natural gas development, as well as objection to it, is increasing.
Katie Siek (CS) was awarded nearly $600,000 by NSF for work on "SHB: Type I (EXP): Health Sense: Motivating Health Awareness in Children through Wearable Computing" with Co-PI Michael Eisenberg (CS).
Louis Stodieck (AES) of BioServe received more than $598,000 from the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space for "Development of the International Space Station Commercial Mouse Research Service."