Archives for February 4, 2016

Update on drones

All drones have to be registered with the FAA.  See this guide for information.Registration of sUAS @ Missouri S&T

Invitation to RE-CAST Seminar – Wed. Feb. 10

RE-CAST invites you to attend a seminar next Wednesday, Feb. 10th at 12pm CST in room 209 Computer Science.

Dr. Saverio Spadea, Research Fellow at the University of Bath (UK) and Visiting Fulbright Scholar at the University of Miami, will be visiting Missouri S&T to give a lecture entitled “Bespoke FRP Reinforcement for Optimized Concrete Structures”.

Dr. Spadea will be traveling to Missouri S&T to deliver this lecture, so we hope to have a large turnout. Please feel free to spread the word to anyone you think would be interested in attending.

More details can be found on our website at

Spadea - Seminar

Tech Transfer score – Yinfa Ma

Just published in medical news is the tech transfer story on Yinfa Mas cancer screening protocol.  See article.

SEED Solicitation (Federal and Non-Federal) – Resource Conservation and Climate Change – Providing Useful Climate Information at Moderate Time Scales: Proof of Concept


The objective of this SEED Statement of Need (SON) is to provide credible and relevant climate information at moderate time scales two to 20 years into the future. Such information should address decision needs ofDepartment of Defense (DoD) installation managers within the 20-year timeframe.

Specific research needs are listed below. Proposers should clearly state which aspect of the research need will be addressed during the scope of the SEED effort and what criteria must be met to propose a subsequent, multi-year project.

1. Characterizing uncertainty: Approaches are needed that can better describe and quantify contributions to climate uncertainty over the two- to 20-year timeframe. Research is required to determine both those components of the climate system that provide meaningful information for decision-making and those components that are the primary sources of uncertainty. Moreover, research should aim to ascertain the limits of predictability and enable a priori estimates of the confidence and reliability of moderate time scale climate projections.

2. Modes of climate variability: Certain large spatial scale climate patterns, such as the El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and its teleconnections at longer time scales, will have their own particular responses to climate change with respect to changes in the intensity, frequency, or duration of these patterns. Within the next 20 years, ENSO and other large-scale patterns may undergo substantial changes that can strengthen or weaken regional patterns, such as seasonal or extreme precipitation or sea-level responses, for which a predictive understanding of general trends over moderate time scales of two to 20 years may be important.Modeling and statistical approaches are needed to inform resiliency planning based on what is known about the variability of, and potential changes in, climate patterns and particularly changes in the intensity, frequency, or duration of extreme events. Such information in turn can better constrain potential future climate impacts over moderate time scales.

3. Regional trends with strong directionality: Some aspects of climate change (for example, temperature) have strong directionality but uncertain magnitude and variability, whereas for
other aspects (such as precipitation) even projecting directionality is problematic. Research is needed to understand how observed associated regional trends are mechanistically linked to identify causality and to develop reliable guidance on likely future conditions. Approaches are needed that can incorporate what is known about regional trends in climate-related variables and their interactions, and with what confidence, that can better constrain potential future conditions over moderate time scales. Moreover, of additional interest is research that addresses combinations of climate-related variables and their timing (such as increases in summer precipitation when evapotranspiration is higher) that may affect the directionality of environmental variables (for example, soil moisture) that result from these interactions.

4. Using “recent” historical signals to update the non-stationarity of the climate signal: Research is needed to (a) determine if changes in the base state of climate–either in the mean or variance or both–can be discerned and defensibly extracted from the “noise” of natural variability and (b) whether a scientific basis exists for extrapolating potential changes in the climate base state forward in a credible manner over an appropriate time period. Diagnostic approaches are needed to address the preceding through the quantitative analyses of the relatively short observation record and climate reanalyses, as well as by analyzing the statistics from ensembles of sufficiently long model simulations of preindustrial and current climate.

5. Frameworks for using climate information in the two- to 20-year timeframe: Given that advances can be made for providing defensible climate change information over moderate time scales, frameworks and protocols are needed to accompany such information to ensure the information and its use and limitations are placed into an appropriate context that end users can access and understand.

Proposals submitted in response to this SON may address one or more of the research needs listed above. Proposals must explicitly discuss the methods, outcomes, and metrics for success needed to demonstrate the viability of a particular line of inquiry upon which a successful SEED project will be eligible to propose additional work. 

Industry Partnerships for Cybersecurity of Energy Delivery Systems (CEDS) Research


The objective of this Announcement is to enhance the reliability and resilience of the nation’s energy infrastructure through innovative RD&D cybersecurity solutions. This includes electricity generation,transmission and distribution as well as the production, refining, storage and distribution of oil and gas in accordance with DOE’s energy infrastructure role defined in Presidential Policy Directive 21 (PPD-21). Solutions should be interoperable, scalable, cost-effective advanced technologies and techniques that do not impede critical energy delivery functions, that are innovative and that implement common methods and best practices.This Announcement includes five (5) Topic Areas. Only applications that specifically address Topic Areas described in the following section will be accepted under this Announcement.

Topic Area 1 – Detect Adversarial Manipulation of Energy Delivery Systems Components
Topic Area 2 – Secure Integration of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Resources
Topic Area 3 – Continual and Autonomous Reduction of Cyber Attack Surface for Energy Delivery Control Systems
Topic Area 4 – Supply Chain Cybersecurity for Energy Delivery Systems
Topic Area 5 – Innovative Technologies That Enhance Cybersecurity in the Energy Sector

Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Innovative Concepts and Core Technology

see notice

The objective of this Funding Opportunity Announcement is to solicit and competitively award research projects to develop advanced energy systems that will make substantial progress toward enabling cost-competitive,fossil-based power generation with near-zero emissions.

The Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) Program maintains a portfolio of projects that address the technical issues facing the commercialization of SOFC technology and a series of increasingly larger demonstration projects intended to validate the solutions to those issues. To successfully complete the maturation of the SOFC technology from its present state to the point of commercial readiness, the Program will support two topic areas in the FY16 FOA.

SOFC Topic Area 1 – SOFC Core Technology: The SOFC Core Technology research topic area will focus on applied laboratory or bench-scale R&D that improves the cost, robustness, reliability, and endurance of SOFC stack and or balance of plant technology. Applications should propose a solution to a specific stack, mechanical balance of plant, or operational issue (partnership with an SOFC manufacturer/developer is encouraged). Selected projects will have up to two phases. Phase I will be 18 months in duration, during which time stack and or balance of plant concepts will be developed based on preliminary experimental and/or modeling results. Successful Phase I applicants will have the opportunity to transition into Phase II via a competitive down-select process. Only Phase 1 applicants may apply for Phase II but not all of the applications will be funded. In Phase II, successful Recipients will build on the promising concepts developed in Phase I.

Areas considered outside the scope of this Topic Area of the FOA, and will be considered non-responsive include:
– Fuel cell technology other than SOFC.
– Applications focusing on the electrical balance of plant (i.e. inverters)

Only Recipients of a Phase I award will be afforded the opportunity to submit a Phase II application for consideration under the competitive down-selection process outlined in this FOA. For successful Phase I awardees intending to participate in the Phase II down-selection process, the specific requirements for Phase II applications are due by December 31, 2017. For successful Phase I awardees not interested in applying for the Phase II down-selection, Phase I deliverables will be due at the end of the project.

SOFC Topic Area 2 – Innovative Concepts: The Innovative Concepts topic area will support the research and development of SOFC technology that has the potential to surpass current SOFC technology in terms of cost, robustness, reliability, or endurance. Concepts that employ novel architectures or material sets will be preferred over conventional planar designs. Partnership with an SOFC manufacturer/developer is encouraged.

UM System Funding: Interdisciplinary Intercampus (IDIC) Research Program

The University of Missouri System is accepting proposals:

WHAT: The Interdisciplinary Intercampus (IDIC) Research Program is intended to increase interdisciplinary, intercampus research collaborations to leverage the intellectual capital and resources at the four University of Missouri System campuses.

Proposals must involve faculty from at least two UM campuses and from at least two different disciplines. Each campus may request up to $50,000 in a proposal; therefore, the maximum funding requested will be $200,000 if all four campuses are collaborating in a proposed study.

Faculty may use their networks to identify collaborators on and this program is limited only to the four University of Missouri campuses.

WHO: All tenured/tenure-track Faculty and full-time Ranked, Non-tenure-track Research Faculty are invited to submit short proposals requesting funding to seed the development of:

  • Proposals to be submitted to federal agencies for establishing centers, such as the NSF Science and Technology Center;
  • High impact research with a higher priority for research clusters to address the current 21st Century Grand Challenges; or
  • Other high impact research addressing significant national problems/priorities

WHEN: Competition Opens on Monday, February 1, 2016.
Proposals due by Friday, May 2, 2016.
To submit a proposal, click here.

Click here for more information on IDIC.

Ashley Berg
Funding Programs Coordinator
University of Missouri System
(573) 882-1714

RMERC seminar February 5

 Presenter:  Mr. Francis Arthur, PhD student, Dr. Ge

 Title: Pillar Design for St. Peter Sandstone

@RMERC starting at 3:30 PM


The St. Peter Sandstone is characterized as friable, almost cohesionless, and possess extremely high friction angle. The mechanical properties of St. Peter Sandstone is completely different from other geologic material from which previous  pillar design methodologies has been developed for in rock engineering practice. The purpose of pillar design is to determine an optimal pillar size that is compatible with safety and economics. This research employs field instrumentations, laboratory testing, field investigations, and numerical modeling to achieve its objectives. In this presentation some preliminary results will be discussed.

RE-CAST Newsletter January 2016