Archives for February 2016

2015 Faculty Research Award presented

see article

Congrats to:

  • Dr. Serhat Hosder, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering
  • Dr. Ulrich Jentschura, professor of physics
  • Dr. Xinhua Liang, assistant professor of chemical and biochemical engineering
  • Dr. Dan Lin, associate professor of computer science
  • Dr. Sanjay Madria, professor of computer science
  • Dr. Glenn Morrison, professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering
  • Dr. David Pommerenke, professor of electrical and computer engineering
  • Dr. Xiaodong Yang, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering.

NIST: Dear Colleague Letter: NSF-NIST Interaction in Basic and Applied Scientific Research in BIO, ENG & MPS


NSF and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have shared interests in a variety of basic and applied scientific and engineering fields. This program is designed to facilitate collaborative researchand educational activities between NIST scientific and engineering staff and researchers supported by NSF. Support may be requested through use of supplemental funding requests to existing NSF awards for travel expenses and per diem associated with work onsite at NIST for NSF-supported PIs, co-PIs, postdoctoral scholars, undergraduate and graduate students and other personnel associated with the NSF-NIST collaborative research.

This Dear Colleague Letter is intended to facilitate interactions between Principal Investigators (PIs), co-PIs, postdoctoral scholars and both undergraduate and graduate students supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and scientists and engineers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). NIST operates a vast array of instruments and measurement systems, both commercial equipment and specialized tools developed by NIST researchers. Researchers from industry, academia, and nonprofit organizations interested in working collaboratively with NISTresearchers on projects of mutual interest may access these systems as part of that research. Supplemental support to existing NSF awards may be requested to allow PIs, co-PIs, postdoctoral scholars and both undergraduate and graduate students on these awards to participate in such collaborative research at NIST.

This program provides supplements to NSF-supported researchers with active awards in the participating divisions within NSF’s Biological Sciences, Engineering, and Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorates for collaboration with researchers in the NIST Laboratories and User Facilities.

National Science Foundation
1. Directorate for Biological Sciences
a. Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB)

2. Directorate for Engineering
a. Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET)
b. Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI)
c. Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS)
d. Engineering Education and Centers (EEC)
e. Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP)

3. Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences
a. Division of Chemistry (CHE)
b. Division of Materials Research (DMR)
c. Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS)

DOE: Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program


The goal of the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is to prepare graduate students for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) careers critically important to the DOE Office ofScience mission, by providing graduate thesis research opportunities at DOE laboratories. The SCGSR program provides supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to pursue part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE laboratory in areas that address scientific challenges central to the Office of Science mission. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories.

The SCGSR program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS), in collaboration with the 6 Office of Science research programs and the DOE national laboratories. Online application and awards administration support is provided by Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education (ORISE) under Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU).

The SCGSR program provides supplemental funds for graduate awardees to conduct part of their thesis research at a host DOE laboratory in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist within a defined award period

ORAU/ORNL High Performance Computing (HPC) Grant Program


In recent years, Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL) commitment to providing the world’s most powerful open resource for scientific computing has resulted in an impressive computational capability in Oak Ridge, Tenn.ORAU has partnered with the laboratory to provide opportunities for meaningful faculty and student engagement with ORNL’s leadership-class computing capabilities through the ORAU/ORNL High-Performance Computing (HPC) Grant Program.

The program was established in 2009 to encourage new and expand existing research initiatives among ORAU member institutions using high-performance computing systems.

The goals of the joint program include:

– Provide the opportunity for faculty to create or expand collaborative research with ORNL in scientific areas of discovery requiring HPC capabilities
– Provide ORAU member institutions the opportunity to create a strategic partnership with ORNL through alignment of faculty proposals with ORNL’s science agenda
– Enhance the development of the future workforce in scientific discovery through computing by providing real-world experiences for students

DTRA: Fundamental Research to Counter Weapons of Mass Destruction (C-WMD)


This BAA is an extramural endeavor that combines fundamental research needs of DTRA and other DOD interests. DTRA safeguards America and its allies from weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and provide capabilities to reduce, eliminate and counter the threat and effects from chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high yield explosives. DTRA seeks to identify, adopt, and adapt emerging, existing and revolutionary sciences that may demonstrate high payoff potential to Counter-WMD (C-WMD) threats. This announcement solicits white papers for long-term challenges in specific fundamental areas of research that offer a significant contribution to the current body of knowledge, understanding of phenomena and observable facts, significantly advance revolutionary technology, new concepts for technology application, and may have impact on future C-WMD capabilities. A small portion of this effort is expected to be devoted to awards for science, technology, engineering and mathematics education programs with a C-WMD focus; such as, but not limited to, stipends, degrees, and visiting scientist programs.

White papers and proposals shall be written against the Thrust Area descriptions:
Thrust Area 1: Science of WMD Sensing and Recognition: The basic science of WMD sensing and recognition is the fundamental understanding of materials that demonstrate measurable changes when stimulated by radiation or particles from WMD in the environment. This research thrust involves exploration and exploitation of interactions between materials and various photons, molecules, nuclear radiation and/or particles. These interactions and the specific form of recognition they provide are used for subsequent generation of information that provides knowledge of the presence, identity, and/or quantity of material or energy in the environment that may be significant.

Thrust Area 2: Cognitive, Information and Network Science: The basic science of cognitive and information science results from the convergence of computer, information, mathematical, network, cognitive and social science. This research thrust expands our understanding of physical and social networks and advances knowledge of adversarial intent with respect to the acquisition, proliferation, and potential use of WMD. The methods may include analytical, computational or numerical, or experimental means to integrate knowledge across disciplines and improve rapid processing of intelligence and dissemination of information.

Thrust Area 3: Science for Protection: Fundamental science for protection involves advancing knowledge to protect life and life-sustaining resources and networks. Protection includes threat containment, decontamination, threat filtering, and shielding of systems. The concept is generalized to include fundamental investigations that reduce consequences of WMD, assist in the restoration of life-sustaining functions, and support forensic science.

Thrust Area 4: Science to Defeat WMD: Fundamental Science for significantly improving energetic materials for use against WMD facilities and systems, for deeper penetration to deny the adversary sanctuary of WMD, for predictable modeling of counter-WMD munitions and simulation of in-theater scenarios with accurate lethality calculations, for minimizing collateral effects when engaging WMD and for exploiting vulnerable pathways, infrastructure etc. to eliminate the threat of WMD.

Thrust Area 5: Science to Secure WMDs: Fundamental science to support securing WMD includes: (a) environmentally responsible innovative processes to neutralize chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or explosive (CBRNE) materials and components; (b) discovery of revolutionary means to secure components and weapons; and (c) studies of scientific principles that lead to novel physical or other tags and methods to monitor compliance and disrupt proliferation pathways. The identification of basic phenomena that provide verifiable controls on materials and systems also helps arms control.

Thrust Area 6: Cooperative Counter WMD Research with Global Partners: Cooperative fundamental research to reduce the global threat of WMD in collaboration with a broad range of global research partners. This thrust area involves exploratory applied research that may have a basic research component to address opportunities to reduce, eliminate, and counter WMD across the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and High Explosive (CBRNE) spectrum. Strong international relationships will foster smooth transition of C-WMD program ownership to the partnering country. The foci are to improve international collaboration to detect, characterize, and report WMD, and to advance host nation sustainment through a culture of long-term cooperation and scientific responsibility for C-WMD programs. Multidisciplinary research in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics promotes transparency through quality research publications and continual dialogue between scientist/engineers and young researchers.

There are 2 categories of award that will be considered:
1. Single Investigator Awards: Proposals that focus on exploratory aspects of a unique problem, a high risk approach, or innovative research in subjects with potential for high impact to fundamental C-WMD science.
2. Single Grant/Multiple Investigator/Multidisciplinary Awards: Proposals that involve a comprehensive program of innovative research in either a focused or interdisciplinary area with potential for high impact. The proposed research must involve fundamental contributions in research by multiple investigators from diverse disciples (proposal must be multidisciplinary). Investigators may be from a single institution or different institutions.

Young Faculty programs from the federal government


ProQuest Pivot ID:



Young Investigator Program (YIP)


United States Department of Defense (DOD)

Department of the Navy (U.S. Navy)

Office of Naval Research (ONR)

University Research Initiative (URI)

Sponsor ID: N00014-15-R-FO13     (Re-issue of ONR-15-FOA-0006)

Upcoming deadlines

Date What’s due Notes
01 Dec 2016- Anticipated / sponsor Full Proposal – required


ProQuest Pivot ID: 52764

Title: Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards

Sponsor United States Department of Energy (DOE) – Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)

Upcoming deadlines

Date What’s due Notes
11 Jan 2017- Anticipated / sponsor Application – required Junior faculty members will submit their completed applications to their institution’s ORAU Councilor. The ORAU Councilor will transmit the institutional submission to ORAU.


ProQuest Pivot ID: 58678

Title: Grants for Research in Mathematics: Young Investigators Grant

Sponsor National Security Agency (NSA) – Mathematical Sciences Program (MSP)

Upcoming deadlines

Date What’s due Notes
22 Oct 2016- Anticipated / sponsor Full Proposal – required Proposals may be submitted annually beginning on September 1. The next deadline for receipt of all grant proposals is 6pm (PDT) on October 22, 2015.


ProQuest Pivot ID: 98966

Title: ARO Core Broad Agency Announcement for Basic and Applied Scientific Research for Fiscal Years 2012 Through 2017 (Young Investigator program is included in this)

Sponsor Department of the Army – Army Research Office (ARO)

Sponsor ID: W911NF-12-R-0011-01, W911NF-12-R-0011-03

Upcoming deadlines

Date What’s due Notes
Continuous- Confirmed / sponsor White paper – required The second stage of the application process is the submission of white papers. Prospective proposers are requested to submit white papers prior to the submission of a complete, more detailed proposal. Based on assessment of the white papers, feedback will be provided to the proposers to encourage or discourage them to or from submitting full proposals.
Continuous- Confirmed / sponsor Registration Deadline – required The first stage of the application process is the registration with the Central Contractor Registration (CCR). Prospective offerors must be registered in CCR prior to award.
Varies- Confirmed / sponsor Full Proposal – required The third stage of the application process is the submission of full proposals. All proposals submitted under the terms and conditions cited in this BAA will be reviewed regardless of the feedback on, or lack of, a white paper.

Deadline Note

Note: This BAA is a continuously open announcement valid throughout the period from the date of issuance through 31 March 2017, unless announced otherwise, and supersedes BAA W911NF-07-R-0003 (including all modifications) dated October 2006.

Air Force

ProQuest Pivot ID: 100756

Title: Air Force Fiscal Year 2016 Young Investigator Research Program (YIP)

Sponsor United States Department of Defense (DOD) Department of the Air Force (USAF) Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)

Sponsor ID: BAA-AFRL-AFOSR-2015-0003     (Re-issue of BAA-AFOSR-2014-0003)

Upcoming deadlines

Date What’s due Notes
16 Oct 2016- Anticipated / sponsor Full Proposal – required Proposals must be received by 4:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time, October 16, 2015.


ProQuest Pivot ID: 102473

Title: Young Faculty Award (YFA)

Sponsor United States Department of Defense (DOD) Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Microsystems Technology Office (MTO)

Sponsor ID: DARPA-RA-16-05     (Re-issue of DARPA-RA-15-32)

Upcoming deadlines

Date What’s due Notes
05 Apr 2016- Confirmed / sponsor Full Proposal – required

NSF: Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies


The purpose of the Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies program is to integrate opportunities offered by emerging technologies with advances in what is known about how people learn to advance threeinterconnected thrusts:
– Innovation: inventing and improving next-generation genres (types) of learning technologies, identifying new means of using technology for fostering and assessing learning, and proposing new ways of integrating learning technologies with each other and into learning environments to foster and assess learning;
– Advancing understanding of how people learn in technology-rich learning environments: enhancing understanding of how people learn and how to better foster and assess learning, especially in technology-rich learning environments that offer new opportunities for learning and through data collection and computational modeling of learners and groups of learners that can be done only in such environments; and
– Promoting broad use and transferability of new genres: extracting lessons from experiences with these technologies that can inform design and use of new genres across disciplines, populations, and learning environments; advancing understanding of how to foster learning through effective use these new technologies and the environments they are integrated into.

The intention of this program is to advance technologies that specifically focus on the experiences of learners; innovations that simply focus on making teaching easier will not be funded. Proposals that focus on teachers or facilitators as learners are invited; the aim in these proposals should be to help teachers and facilitators learn to make the learning experiences of learners more effective.

Proposals are expected to address all three of the program’s thrusts. Of particular interest are technological advances that (1) foster deep understanding of content coordinated with masterful learning of practices and skills; (2) draw in and encourage learning among populations not served well by current educational practices; and/or (3) provide new ways of assessing understanding, engagement, and capabilities of learners. It is expected that research funded by this program will shed light on how technology can enable new forms of educational practice. This program does not support proposals that aim simply to implement and evaluate a particular software application or technology in support of a specific course.

Awards will be made in three research categories, each focusing on a different stage of research and development: Exploration (EXP), Design and Implementation (DIP), and Integration (INT). The program will also support small Capacity-Building Projects (CAP), e.g., conferences, workshops, and partnership-building activities, and will continue to participate in NSF’s Foundation-Wide programs: EAGER, RAPID, INSPIRE, and CAREER.

Purposes and prerequisites (if applicable) by project type:
1. Exploration (EXP)
– Purpose: to explore the feasibility of a technological innovation, to try out new ideas, especially risky ones, and to explore issues associated with learning in the context of the proposed innovation
– Prerequisites: team with a shared vision that takes into account what is known about how people learn, learning in the targeted domain, use of technology for such learning, and challenges to technology use
2. Development and Implementation (DIP)
– Purpose: to ascertain the potential of a new or emerging technological genre, develop guidelines for its use in support of assessment, learning, and/or engagement, and answer foundational research questions about learning.
– Prerequisites: same as EXP plus completed work equivalent to one or more Cyberlearning EXP projects
3. Integration (INT)
– Purpose: to coherently integrate several emerging and/or developed technologies that have already shown promise, incorporate promising technologies and technology-enabled practices into the lives of learners or organizations, or extend a promising innovation in ways that would allow it to be used by a larger population or variety of learners, and answer foundational research questions related to learning that can only be answered in the context of an integration such as that proposed; these are not scale-up projects or effectiveness studies.
– Prerequisites: same as DIP plus completed work equivalent to two or more Cyberlearning DIP projects
4. Capacity Building (CAP)
– Purpose: partnership or team building, expanding and strengthening the cyberlearning community, strengthening ties between cyberlearning communities, moving new ideas to the fore, enhancing capabilities and/or vision of the cyberlearning community; might include, e.g., conferences, workshops, or short courses

Human Frontier Science Program Organization


Research grants are provided for teams of scientists from different countries who wish to combine their expertise in innovative approaches to questions that could not be answered by individual laboratories.

Emphasisis placed on novel collaborations that bring together scientists preferably from different disciplines (e.g. from chemistry, physics, computer science, engineering) to focus on problems in the life sciences.

There are two types of grant:
– Young Investigators’ Grants
– Program Grants are awarded

Research grants are available for projects concerned with basic approaches to understanding the complex mechanisms of living organisms. Topics covered range from molecular and cellular approaches to biological functions to systems neuroscience including cognitive functions. The HFSP funds novel collaborations that bring scientists with distinct expertise together to focus on problems at the frontiers of the life sciences. The innovative aspect of the project is a major criterion in the review of HFSP research grants.

Graduate Seminar: Rock Mechanics Center Feb 26

The weekly Rock Mechanics and Explosives Research Center (RMERC) Graduate Gathering is held in the  RMERC Building – 1006 Kingshighway, in the conference room (room 106)

From 3:30 -420 Fridays when  MS&T classes are in session.

Anyone is welcome to attend. Please also feel free to bring a friend.

Our presenter for this Friday, February 26, 2016  is as follows: Mr. Ahmed Alsubaih  MS candidate (Dr. Nygaard)

Paper Tittle :Shale Instability of Deviated Wellbores in Southern Iraqi Fields

ABSTRACT: Wellbore instability problems are the cause for the majority of nonproductive time in the southern Iraqi field developments. Although the geological structure isn’t very complicated, there are bountiful problems which have been encountered during drilling operations in the production zones. These drilling difficulties pose potential problems such as mud losses in weak or vugular formations, stuck pipe in shale or unconsolidated formations, flow of sulfurous water or gas flow in few zones. This paper focuses on the most severe problem in terms of effort and disbursement which is referred to pipe sticking in Tanuma shale formation. Admittedly, there is a considerable number of vertical wells which has been drilled throughout this zone successfully; yet stuck pipe has been frequently experienced during directional drilling operations. Examining the drilling data revealed that this phenomenon was mostly related to shear failure of the wellbore, which caused an immediate increase in the stand pipe pressure with no drilling fluid returns when circulating.  In this regard, a geomechanical analysis for southern Iraqi field was performed on field data from 45 deviated wells using the modified Mogi Column failure criteria, including thermally and chemically induced stress and the bedding related failure of the wellbore. The analysis identified the following areas of improvement. First, the mud weight being used was not changed properly with respect to variation in wells azimuth and inclination. Secondly, anisotropic effects of this shale formation caused by the bedding should be considered in wells trajectory design. Thirdly, the drilling practice of this problematic formation requires careful monitoring of drilling parameters. Due to the lack of published studies regarding wellbore problems in southern Iraqi fields, this paper could serve as an important case history for similar fields in that region.


Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program

Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. is Director, National Institutes of Health. He just published “It was just a year ago that President Obama outlined his Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) to enable a new era of medicine through research, technology and policies that empower participants, researchers, and providers to work together toward development of individualized care. NIH is driving major components of PMI, including the PMI Cohort Program, a landmark longitudinal research study of one million or more U.S. volunteers to expand our understanding of ways we can improve health and treat disease.”

More on this program here.