Archives for March 3, 2016

weekly Rock Mechanics and Explosives Research Center (RMERC) Graduate Gathering

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, March 4, 2016  is as follows:

Presenter:  Mr. Prabhakar Bala, MS Candidate (Dr. Galecki)

Paper Title : Prediction of Surface Roughness in Abrasive Waterjet Cutting of Graphite Composite using Box-Behnken Experimental Design

       Abstract:   Box- Behnken experimental design and response surface methodology was applied in predicting the surface roughness of abrasive waterjet cut 1 inch thick graphite epoxy composite. The variables in these experiments were pressure, traverse speed, abrasive size and abrasive flow rate. These variables were changed at three different levels. The experimental data was used to construct 3D response plots. The plots represent interaction between pressure, traverse speed and abrasive size for a given abrasive flow rate. Second order response equations of surface roughness were developed for the range of input variables. To better understand the interaction between the variables, effect of pressure and abrasive flow rate on the disintegration of the abrasive was analyzed with pressure of 60 ksi, 75 ksi and 90 ksi with corresponding abrasive flow rate of 1lb/min, 1.5 lb./min and 2 lb./min. The influence of abrasive mesh size and disintegration of abrasives on surface roughness were also studied. Particle size and its distribution were presented for the range of parameters tested.

Engineering Cyber Physical Systems: Applying Theory to Practice

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Abstracts for this year’s Complex Adaptive Systems 2016 Conference are due to by Monday, March 21.

Conference Chair Dr. Cihan Dagli Professor and Founder and Director of Systems Engineering Graduate Program Engineering Management & Systems Engineering Phone: (573) 647-9125 Office: 229 Engineering Management

Traumatic Brain Injury Endpoints Development (TED) Initiative – Seed Project Awards


As of 2015, no drug has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat traumatic brain injury (TBI). Decades of well-designed clinical trials have failed. The TED Initiative, funded by theDepartment of Defense, with support from a robust private-public partnership, is a 5-year direct collaboration between leading academic clinician-scientists, the FDA, industry leaders in biotechnology and imaging technology, philanthropies, and patient advocacy groups. Our ultimate goal is to advance the design of clinical trials that will lead to the first successful treatments of acute TBI.

NSF: Cognitive Neuroscience (CogNeuro)


The National Science Foundation announces the area of Cognitive Neuroscience within the Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences in the Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences.

Cognitiveneuroscience is an interdisciplinary field of research dedicated to the understanding of the neural mechanisms underlying human cognition. As this field continues to grow, the National Science Foundation intends for cognitive neuroscience emphases to spur the development of highly novel theories, techniques and models directed toward enabling basic scientific understanding of a broad range of issues involving brain, cognition, and behavior. The emphasis at NSF is on the integration of cognitive, social and economic science in service of insights into healthy functions of brain, cognition, and behavior. Additionally, NSF highly values the exploration ofnew methodologies, utilization of the latest analytic approaches, and the convergence of cutting edge techniques for addressing basic questions about human cognition.


Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards


The awards provide seed money for research by junior faculty at ORAU member institutions. These awards are intended to enrich the research and professional growth of young faculty and result in new funding opportunities.The research project must be in one of the following five disciplines:
1. Engineering and Applied Science
2. Life Sciences
3. Mathematics/Computer Sciences
4. Physical Sciences
5. Policy, Management, or Education

Applicants are encouraged to develop research collaborations with government, private-sector, and other academic researchers. Such alliances enrich and extend not only the reach of applicants’ efforts, but the nation’sresearch enterprise, overall.

Because of the close working relationship between ORAU and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the Award Committee particularly encourages collaborative interaction with ORNL. Thus, substantive interdisciplinaryresearch and inter-institutional research partnerships will be considered as very positive factors in the review process, and will increase chances for success.

Grants for Research in Mathematics: Young Investigators Grant


The NSA MSP supports self-directed, unclassified research in the areas of Algebra, Number Theory, Discrete Mathematics, Probability, and Statistics. The program does not support research in cryptology.

The YoungInvestigators Grant will be made on the basis of factors that demonstrate the scientific merit of the proposal, including (1) the prospect that the researchwill lead to important discoveries; (2) the prospect that the research will produce innovations or significant improvements in investigative methods, including methods of computation; (3) the investigator’s scientific qualifications and accomplishments; and (4) the investigator’s demonstrated awareness of previous approaches to the problem.

IBM Center for the Business of Government


The aim of the Center is to tap into the best minds in academe and the nonprofit sector who can use rigorous public management research and analytic techniques to help public sector executives and managers improve the effectiveness of government. The Center is looking for very practical findings and actionable recommendations – not just theory or concepts – in order to assist executives and managers to more effectively respond to mission and management challenges.

While a majority of the Center’s reports are targeted to executives and managers in the U.S. federal government, it is also interested in reports that discuss new approaches to improving the effectiveness of government at state, local, and international levels. The most competitive proposals tend to be those that have a very strong “story” or are clearly generalizable to a very broad audience.

NSF: Professional Formation of Engineers (PFE: RIEF) – Research Initiation in Engineering Formation


The NSF Engineering (ENG) Directorate has launched a multi-year initiative, the Professional Formation of Engineers, to create and support an innovative and inclusive engineering profession for the 21st Century.Professional Formation of Engineers (PFE) refers to the formal and informal processes and value systems by which people become engineers. It also includes the ethical responsibility of practicing engineers to sustain and grow the profession. The engineering profession must be responsive to national priorities, grand challenges, and dynamic workforce needs; it must be equally open and accessible to all.

Engineering faculty possess both deep technical expertise in theirengineering discipline and the primary responsibility for the process of professional formation of future engineers. As such, engineering faculty are in a unique position to help address critical challenges in engineeringformation. The Professional Formation of Engineers: Research Initiation inEngineering Formation (PFE: RIEF) program enables engineering faculty who are renowned for teaching, mentoring, or leading educational reform efforts on their campus to initiate collaborations with colleagues in the social and/or learning sciences to address difficult, boundary-spanning problems in the professional formation of engineers.

A wide range of research topics related to the Professional Formation of Engineers can be addressed in PFE: RIEF proposals; the emphasis of PFE: RIEF is on initiating research projects in professional formation of engineers rather than supporting research on any specific topic. Proposals are encouraged on any topic that explores engineering formation from an inter-disciplinary perspective. PFE: RIEF projects should combine engineeringapproaches with those from learning and cognitive sciences, engineeringeducation, social sciences, and related fields in synergistic ways and enableengineering faculty to develop expertise in engineering education research.

PFE: RIEF awards are intended to expand the community of engineeringfaculty conducting research related to professional formation of engineers. Possible outcomes commensurate with the goals of this program are:
– Enable engineering faculty to develop collaborative, first-stage, inter-disciplinary efforts to address boundary-spanning challenges in the professional formation of engineers.
– Support engineering faculty in developing expertise in professional formation of engineers.
– Increase the number of faculty and universities who will initiate projects and programs in research on professional formation of engineers.

The intent of the PRE: RIEF program is to expand the community ofengineering faculty conducting research related to engineering formation rather than create an additional funding channel for established researchers in this area.

NIH: Open Mike

site (notes from Dr. Michael Lauer, NIH’s Deputy Director for Extramural Research, serving as the principal scientific leader and adviser to the NIH Director on the NIH extramural research program.)

Open Mike

Helping connect you with the NIH perspective, and helping connect us with yours

New to the World of NIH Grants? Attend a 2016 NIH Regional Seminar

One of my favorite “job tasks” is to spend time meeting with scientists and science administrators who are new to the NIH environment or are attempting to launch their careers in science. Invariably I’m asked, “What wisdom do you have to offer?” Of course, I’ll mention that it’s key to find a top-notch mentor (or mentors), that it’s critical to follow one’s passion, and that it’s always a good idea to work on grant proposals well in advance of deadlines, allowing ample time to seek input from colleagues and critics. But … that’s not enough. In today’s dynamic world, one in which we can not only no longer take science funding for granted (let alone increases in science funding), it’s not enough to be an outstanding scientists or an outstanding administrator. One also has to be an outstanding citizen.

What does it mean to be an outstanding citizen within the context of the biomedical research enterprise? During my meetings with new scientists and administrators, I tell them that at the very least it means keeping oneself well informed with the news of science – not only scientific developments, but science policy, science economics, and science in the public eye. It means being engaged with professional groups like scientific societies that are in a position to communicate with and influence policy makers and key stakeholders. I was fortunate early in my career to spend time on a number of committees at my home institution – like the Cleveland Clinic Institutional Review Board – and within the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. I didn’t appreciate at the time how important that committee work was.

Which brings me to… the 2016 NIH Regional Seminars on Program Funding and Grants Administration. This year, the NIH will be offering two seminars: Baltimore, MD (May 11-13) andChicago, IL (October 26-28).

I am looking forward to the opportunity to kick off the 2016 NIH Regional Seminars in both locations, with the latest information on NIH funding, extramural workforce, rigor and reproducibility, NIH initiatives, and so much more. I’ll also be offering a more in-depth and candid discussion of some of these topics during my “Open Mike” sessions which will be offered during the first day of the seminar. It will be exciting to join over 50+ of my colleagues from NIH and HHS for this one-of-a-kind event.

If you are new to working with NIH and want to gain a better understanding of the NIH grants process and related policies, then consider joining approximately 600-700 of your peers from around the world at this seminar. It is designed for new investigators, research administrators, trainees, grant writers, or anyone working on NIH applications and awards with limited knowledge on these topics. These seminars are an educational opportunity to help you understand the fundamentals of the NIH grants process, including the electronic application process and award management, NIH peer review, finding the right funding opportunity, federal research policies, pre-and post-award issues, and more. Over the course of the 2-days, NIH & HHS review, grants, program, and policy officials will be providing sessions on over 40 different topics in 3 different tracks: Administrators, New Investigators, and All Interests. There is more in-depth content during the optional pre-seminar workshops on topics such as human research protections, electronic research administration, intellectual property, and an administrator’s boot camp.

Making these seminar even more valuable are the opportunities to meet 1:1 with NIH and HHS staff in person to get specific questions answered or at the least, receive further guidance. Throughout the two-day seminar, participants can sign up for the seminar’s “Meet the Experts 1:1” chats. This opportunity is expands during the Baltimore seminar with additional scientific program, review and grants management staff from NIH institutes and centers, due to its proximity to our offices.

I encourage you to take a look at the program agenda and registration info on the seminar websites to see if this is a right fit for you. The seminar provides a great overview and updates on the NIH grants process and related policies, but it is also an ideal way to make personal connections with NIH staff. This will be my first year presenting at the NIH Regional Seminars and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to interact with those new to NIH, as well as those of you who visit us year after year.

Early registration rates have been extended for one week, until March 8, to give all of those reading this blog and just hearing about the seminars the time to register and save. I understand that these seminars usually reach capacity prior to the event, so I encourage you to take a look at all the information soon. I and my colleagues hope to see you there.