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Drexel Engineering Faculty Awarded IExE and Drexel-SARI Seed Grants

May 8, 2014

The A.J. Drexel Institute for Energy and the Environment (IExE) has awarded the IExE and Drexel-SARI Seed Grants to 33 faculty and staff of the University. Half of the awardees are from the following departments of the College of Engineering:

  • Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering: Emin Aktan, Charles Haas, Franco Montalto, Sabrina Spatari, Jin Wen, Mira Olson, Christopher Sales and Peter DeCarlo
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering: Nagarajan Kandasamy, Chika Nwankpa, Karen Miu and Dagmar Niebur.
  • Materials Science and Engineering: Mitra Taheri 
  • Chemical and Biological Engineering: Steven Wrenn

The committee received 27 proposals for the IExE Seed Funding Competition. Following a merit review process that included both external and internal reviewers, six projects were selected for funding. 

The finalists from the selected teams bring expertise from a diverse set of academic units. The projects funded are as follows:

  • Balduccini, Kandasamy, Mancoridis, Nwankpa, Robustness Testing of Smart Grids, $50,000 (CCI, CoE)
  • Gurian, Aktan, Dilworth, Ellis, Haas, Hunold, Montalto, Spatari, Wen, Planning for Deep Reductions in Carbon Emissions in Philadelphia by 2050, $50,000 (CoE, CoMAD, CoAS)
  • Kenner, Sheller, Miu-Miller, Neibur, Nwankpa, Shifting Engagements with Energy in a Smart Campus Environment, $50,000 (CoAS, CoE)
  • Gross-Davis, Gurian, Olson, Taylor, Assessment of Human Health Risk from Operational Failure Incidents and Regulatory Violations during Natural Gas Drilling, $50,000 (SPH, CoE)
  • Tikekar, Sales, Novel Photochemical and Biological Processes for Decontamination of Flowback Water from Hydraulic Fracturing of the Marcellus Shale, $50,000 (HSM, CoE)
  • Wrenn, DeCarlo, Ultrasound-Driven Removal and Capture of Dissolved Methane from Spent Fracking Fluids and Household Drinking Water, $20,000 (CoE)

The recipients and winning projects of the Drexel-SARI Center for Global Research and Education – Collaborative Research in Energy and the Environment competition include:

  • Ji, Sohlberg (CoAS), Wei, Chen (SARI), Novel Porous metal Organic Framework (MOF) materials for CO2 Uptake and Other Energy Applications - $150,000
  • Taheri (CoE), Xue-Mei (SARI), PtM Intermetallic Electro-nanocatalysts: Controlled Synthesis, In situ TEM Observation of Phase Transformation, and Application in Fuel Cell - $150,000
  • Liu, Haas (SPH, CoE), Wang, Huang (SARI), Drexel-SARI Co-Research and Education on Low Carbon and Healthy City Technology - $150,000