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Drexel Researchers Claim Two NSF CAREER Awards

April 14, 2014

Two Drexel University College of Engineering faculty have earned recognition from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for their significant research endeavors.
Emin Caglan Kumbur, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of the Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics Department, has received a grant award totaling $400,000 for his research entitled, “The Electrochemical Flow Capacitor: Capacitive Energy Storage in Flowable Media.” Kumbur’s research involves working on next generation energy storage and conversion systems for use in transportation, portable and grid-scale applications. His studies consist of experimental and computational studies aimed at understanding the mass/charge transport phenomena, the internal structure of materials, performance diagnostics, and system design to address the scientific challenges in these emerging systems. Kumbur also serves as the principal investigator of the Electrochemical Energy Systems Laboratory.

Mark Hempstead, Ph.D., Junior Colehower Chair and Assistant Professor of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, has received a grant award of $470,000.  His research entitled, “Combating Dark Silicon through Specialization: Communication-Aware Tiled Many-Accelerator Architectures,” focuses on
how the computer industry’s steady gains in computing performance will slow and even cease all together because of a condition known as Dark Silicon. Dark Silicon is the result of an increase in power density that will make it necessary to leave sections of a microchip powered off. The consequences of Dark Silicon could be widespread, limiting the increasing benefits all aspects of society---from medicine, commerce to entertainment----have reaped from advances in computing. Currently, Hempstead leads research efforts to
solve Dark Silicon problems by reducing the power consumed by computing devices in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department where his research group, Drexel Power-Aware Computing Lab, investigates methods to increase energy efficiency across the boundaries of circuits, architecture, and systems.

“We are proud of our faculty and it’s a great honor to see them join the ranks of the more than 40 Drexel engineering faculty members that have received CAREER awards,” said Dr. Joseph B. Hughes, dean of the College of Engineering.