Awards Posts

September 21st, 2020

Dr. Todd Griffith Gets $3.3 Million to Design Floating Turbine Prototype

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded Dr. Todd Griffith $3.3 million for his research project, A Low-Cost Floating Offshore Vertical Axis Wind System. With the project, Dr. Griffith plans to develop a floating turbine design featuring a vertical axis wind turbine (VAWT). VAWTs offer advantages over traditional offshore wind designs because they have a …read more

September 16th, 2020

NSF Funds Dr. Michael Kesden’s Gravitational Lensing Project

The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded Dr. Michael Kesden $299,876 for his research project WoU-MMA: Gravitational Lensing of Photons and Gravitational Waves in the Era of Multi-Messenger Astrophysics. The project will examine whether upcoming electromagnetic surveys like the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) can provide catalogs to help identify the host galaxy of lensed gravitational …read more

September 15th, 2020

Dr. Mark Lee Secures $300,000 Research Grant from Texas Instruments

Dr. Mark Lee received a $300,00 grant from Texas Instruments for his research on Suppressing and Physically Modeling Low Frequency Noise in Silicon MOSFETs. This project will study the phenomenon of cryogenic annealing to extinguish RTN and extend prior work to determine whether cryogenic can suppress the magnitude or drive down the corner frequency of …read more

September 1st, 2020

Dr. Qin Secures $2.5 Million from NIAID for Diagnostic Test Development

A subsidiary of the National Institute of Health (NIH), the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) awarded Dr. Zhenpeng Qin $2,516,426 for his Rapid Diagnostic Test for Respiratory Syncytial Virus by Digital Nanobubbles research. Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is among the leading cause of pediatric death worldwide and requires rapid and sensitivity diagnostics. …read more

August 10th, 2020

Dr. Qing Gu’s Novel Laser Research Earns CAREER Award from NSF

The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded Dr. Qing Gu, Assistant Professor of electrical and computer engineering, a $500,000 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for her continuous research on developing novel lasers. Dr. Gu’s Environmentally Stable Electrically Pumped Perovskite Laser project will enable efficient and low-cost integrated photonic solutions for confocal microscopy, on-chip fluorescent sensing, …read more

July 30th, 2020

Space Science Researcher Awarded $545,640 from NASA

NASA has awarded Dr. Hui Zhu, a Research Associate in Space Sciences, $545,640 for her research on the Characteristics of Magnetic Dips in the Inner Magnetosphere. The goal of this project is to characterize the statistical features of magnetic dips in the inner magnetosphere and to quantify the response of radiation belt electrons to magnetic …read more

July 22nd, 2020

Dr. Michael Kilgard Continues Research On Therapies for Vagus Nerve Stimulation in Spinal Cord Injury Patients

The Wings for Life Spinal Cord Research Foundation awarded Dr. Michael Kilgard of the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, $815,374 for his research on Enhancing Recovery in Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Patients with Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS). This project is an extension of a previously funded three-year project with Wings for Life which supported …read more

July 7th, 2020

Dr. Zhenpeng Qin’s Alternative Diagnostic Research Receives Funding

The Congressional Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) has awarded Dr. Zhenpeng Qin $293,492 for his research on Ultrasensitive and Rapid Diagnosis of Influenza by Digital Nanobubbles on a Microwell Array Platform. The proposed project will provide a new diagnostic method for emerging viral infections and will significantly change the current practice of infectious disease diagnosis …read more

July 1st, 2020

Dr. Li Zhang Receives Grant for Lung Cancer Research

Dr. Li Zhang, professor of Biological Sciences in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, was awarded $900,000 from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) for her research on Optimizing Therapeutic Strategies Against Lung Cancer Using Multimodality Imaging. Dr. Zhang’s project goal is to illuminate the mechanisms by which the new drugs …read more

June 25th, 2020

Dr. Zheng’s High-Contrast Imaging Research Lands $900,000 Grant

Dr. Jie Zheng, professor of chemistry in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, was awarded $900,000 from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) for his research on Advance CT And Fluorescence Imaging Of Kidney Cancers With Glutathione-mediated Contrast Enhancements. Dr. Zheng’s goal is to advance both CT and fluorescence imaging of …read more