Archives for April 2015

May 13, 2015 | Presentation by NSF Engineering Directorate Assistant Director

Dear Colleague,

Dr. Pramod Khargonekar, Assistant Director for the Directorate of Engineering, National Science Foundation will be visiting campus on May 13-14, 2015 (see attachment for his bio).  You are cordially invited to attend a presentation he will be making on Wednesday, May 13th from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in Turner Room, Havener Center.  The presentation will be followed by a reception from 4:30 to 5:00 pm.  The title and abstract are as follows:

Title: Opportunities and Challenges in Engineering Research and Education – A Perspective from NSF

Abstract: The National Science Foundation Engineering Directorate seeks to support frontier research, education and innovation. In this talk, I will highlight key trends and recent initiatives at NSF and the Engineering Directorate. I will highlight major opportunities for the engineering community to push the frontiers of knowledge and address national and societal needs. I will discuss issues in engineering education and workforce and programs to address these areas. I will highlight initiatives that aim to foster connection of research to innovations. Finally, I will present some overarching issues on these topics.

With best regards, Krishna

Krishnamurthy | Vice Provost for Research | Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) (Formerly University of Missouri-Rolla) | 202 Centennial Hall | 300 W. 12th St. | Rolla, MO 65409-1330 | T: 573-341-4154 | F: 573-341-4126 |

P.S.: Thanks to Dr. Sajal Das for inviting Dr. Khargonekar to campus.

This should be a key event for many researchers. Please keep an eye out for further announcement on the visit by Dr. Pramod Khargonekar, Assistant Director, Engineering Directorate, NSF, May 13-14,2015Khargonekar_Bio

National Instruments

NIAs part of our ongoing commitment to helping engineers and scientists accelerate their innovation and discovery, NI invites academic institutions to submit proposals for support of advanced research projects. Download the application now.

Project Funding
This year, selected proposals are eligible to receive up to $50,000 USD or the equivalent in NI tools.


  • This RFP is only open to academic institutions and research laboratories.
  • The proposed research must include use of experimental hardware integrated with NI’s software, LabVIEW.
  • Researchers must work with a local NI sponsor, usually a local field engineer. If you do not know your local engineer, call 1-877-388-1941.

Application Deadlines
All proposals must be submitted before 12 AM (CDT) on June 5, 2015.

Download the application now. 

Best Regards,

Laura Hernandez
Technical Marketing Engineer, Academic


Distinguished Campus Seminar by Curators’ Professor Lynda F. Bonewald (UMKC) on May 7th

Distinguished Campus Seminar by Curators’ Professor Lynda F. Bonewald on Thursday, May 7, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Planje Auditorium (204 McNutt Hall)

Description: The Center for Biomedical Science and Engineering (CBSE) is sponsoring a distinguished campus seminar by Dr. Lynda F. Bonewald, Curators’ Professor of Dental and Craniofacial Sciences and Endowed Professor of Dental and Mineralized Tissue, University of Missouri – Kansas City. The seminar titled “Generation of a Novel Bone Cement to Fight Bone Infection” will be held in the Planje Auditorium (Rm. 204 McNutt Hall) at 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 7th. One of the world’s leading experts in bone biology and mineralized tissue, Prof. Bonewald is Vice Chancellor for Translational and Clinical Research at UMKC and has served as President of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research.

The title of the seminar is “Bone Regeneration Using Tissue Engineering Approaches”. Faculty, staff and students are invited.

Lynda Bonewald, Ph.D UMKC Vice Chancellor for Translational and Clinical Research


Invitation: RE-CAST Webinar

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The Research on Concrete Applications for Sustainable Transportation (RE-CAST) University Transportation Center invites the campus community to a webinar, which will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, Room 125 Butler-Carlton Civil Engineering Hall. Elizabeth Birriel, P.E., Deputy State Traffic Operations Engineer, ITS Program Manager, from the Florida Department of Transportation, will present “Connected Vehicle Technology: Current Efforts, Demonstration and Future Plans of FLDOT.” The presentation will be presented in Spanish with English closed-captioning. For more information, email Abigayle Sherman (



TUESDAY May 5 1 PM — Butler Carlton Room 125

RE-CAST Newsletter

The RE-CAST (Research on Concrete Applications for Sustainable Transportation) University Transportation Center Spring 2015 newsletter is now available online. RE-CAST is a Tier-1 University Transportation Center led by Missouri S&T in partnership with Rutgers University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Miami and Southern University at Baton Rouge. Visit its website for further information or join its Facebook or LinkedIn group to stay up-to-date with their research and outreach activities.

Newsletter Link:




Director of Federal Relations Visit

Sarah Spreitzer UM’s new director of federal relations spent two days at campus in a visit from her Washington DC post. For the 45 faculty members able to attend her Monday afternoon presentation they were treated to a detailed analysis of federal research budget coming up — not just the numbers but the what was happening behind the scenes insights.  Slides from her presentation are Final April 27 presentation for Missouri S&T.

Final April 27 presentation for Missouri ST_Page_03


Special Seminar at ERC: Nanotechnology in Water Treatment

Joel BurkenJoel Burken sends: Next Tuesday we have special seminar by an international scholar visiting S&T.  Dr. Petrik is a visiting professor from South Africa, doing some interesting work on nano materials for water treatment. Dr. Leslie Petrik, Ph.D.  Professor, Environmental and Nano Sciences Group University of Western Cape Department of Chemistry Cape Town, South Africa

3:00 p.m.  Tuesday, May 5  Room 103 Engineering Management

Leslie Petrik seminar May 5th

Energy Department Announces $10.5 Million for Next-Generation Marine Energy Systems

April 28, 2015 – 10:00am
The Energy Department today announced $10.5 million in available funding to support the design and operation of innovative marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) systems through survivability and reliability-related testing of these systems. Such advances will help these devices harness even more sustainable energy from the enormous potential of the nation’s oceans and rivers.

As part of its MHK technology research and development efforts, the Department is working to harness this largely untapped renewable energy resource that could provide clean, affordable energy to homes and businesses across the country’s coastal regions. The approximately six projects selected for funding will address the challenges that the ocean environment poses for MHK energy systems, which must operate in often harsh and unpredictable conditions for years.

The “Next-Generation Marine Energy Systems—Durability and Survivability” funding opportunity will focus on reducing the costs of MHK systems in the early stages of the development cycle—improving the likelihood of successful deployment in the future. By reducing uncertainty in MHK survivability, installation, operations, and maintenance, this funding opportunity will enable the cost-effective development of robust MHK technologies.

The funding opportunity includes two areas of interest:

  1. Increasing survivability of wave energy converter systems, thus decreasing capital costs or extending their life spans.
  2. Reducing uncertainty around the installation, operations, and maintenance of wave and current energy converters, thus decreasing their overall costs and increasing their ability to function over time.

Read the full funding opportunity announcement on the Energy Department’s Funding Opportunity Exchange website.

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy accelerates development and deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and market-based solutions that strengthen U.S. energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality. Go to to learn more about our Water Power Program’s funding opportunities and efforts to develop innovative technologies capable of generating renewable, environmentally friendly, cost-competitive electricity from water resources.  To learn more about how MHK devices capture energy from waves, tides and currents, view this Energy 101 video.

Energy Department Launches Competition to Drive Innovations in Wave Energy

April 27, 2015 – 2:13pm
The Energy Department today announced the opening of the registration period for the Wave Energy Prize competition that aims to double the stawavete-of-the-art performance of wave energy conversion (WEC) devices over the next two years. By accelerating the development of WEC devices that capture more energy from ocean waves, the winning devices will help reduce costs and move wave energy closer to widespread commercial deployment. The Energy Department announced the Wave Energy Prize today at the International Marine Renewable Energy Conference co-located at the National Hydropower Association Annual Conference.

Marine and hydrokinetic energy technologies convert the energy of waves, tides, and river and ocean currents into electricity. With more than 50% of the population living within 50 miles of coastlines, these technologies have vast potential to provide clean, renewable electricity to communities and cities across the United States.

The Wave Energy Prize provides an opportunity for participants to:

  • Win a monetary prize.
  • Receive seed funding to build a 1/20th scale model WEC device for testing.
  • Participate in two rounds of WEC testing–including the final round at the U.S. Navy’s Maneuvering and Seakeeping Basin in Carderock, Maryland, the nation’s premier wave testing facility.
  • Contribute to the development of innovative clean energy technologies that boost U.S. energy security.

The judging panel will include technical experts from: Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico; National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colorado; Naval Surface Warfare Center—Carderock Division, Bethesda, Maryland; and Ricardo, Inc., Van Buren Township, Michigan. The Department expects to select finalists and alternates in early 2016. Participants can register through June 15, 2015.

This prize competition builds on the Energy Department’s ongoing efforts to demonstrate and reduce the costs of these emerging technologies by supporting the design, manufacture, testing, and evaluation of marine and hydrokinetic energy devices. To learn more about the Wave Energy Prize rules, eligibility and timeline, see the Wave Energy Prize web page.

The Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy accelerates development and deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and market-based solutions that strengthen U.S. energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality. For more information about wave and tidal energy research and development, see the EERE Water Power Program’s Research and Development web page.

FEMA webinar

Mitigation Planning Information Exchange Webinars

FEMA is partnering with the American Planning Association (APA) and the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) to offer a free, eight-part quarterly webinar series to share challenges, best practices, and evolving methods and techniques in hazard mitigation planning. The purpose of the webinar series is to encourage peer-to-peer learning and the exchange of information among a national and even international audience.

The planning information exchange will focus on multi-hazard mitigation planning but also emphasize its connections with recovery planning and preparedness. APA and ASFPM will act as co-conveners of all webinars and will select topics and presenters.

The first webinar, The Role of Hazard Mitigation in Post-Disaster Recovery, will occur May 6, 2015 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. (ET). Participants can earn one continuing education credit through APA and ASFPM. For more information and to register for upcoming webinars, visit the American Planning Association website at