Aerial view of the engineering campus at dawn in winter.
Dawn over the central UW-Madison campus viewed from the roof of the Engineering Research Building. Photo: Bryce Richter.

Committee Awards Spring 2014 Grants
The Research Innovation Committee is pleased to announce five awards for the Spring 2014 Competition:

Controlled Release of DNA from Surfaces
 David M. Lynn; Timothy A. Hacker; Bo Liu; Craig Kent; Dhanu Shanmuganayagam; Glen E. Leverson

Development of a Continuous Energy Adjoint Monte Carlo Code and Adaptive Geometry Neutron Sources for the Detection of Nuclear and Radiological 
 Douglass Henderson; John F. Santarius

University Transportation Center Stimulation Project: Investigating UW Partnerships in Sustainable Transportation  
 Ernest B Perry; Teresa Adams; Donald Moynahan; Paul Meier; Tracy Holloway; Kurt Paulson

Wisconsin Center for Engineering Biofactories  
 Parmesh Ramanathan;  Jennifer Reed;  Brian Pfleger;  Aseem Ansari;  David Schwartz;  Michael Thomas

Scalable Direct Nanomanufacturing on Flexible Substrates Based on Laser Machining and Nanophotonics  
Hongrui Jiang; Neil A. Duffie; Frank E. Pfefferkorn; Zongfu Yu

Coffee and Conversation with the RIC
Faculty and academic staff are invited to join members of the RIC for coffee and conversation on Monday, August 25 from 8:00-9:00 a.m. in 3127 Mechanical Engineering.

Please RSVP at by August 18.

RIC 2014-2015 Call for Proposals

The RIC anticipates releasing two calls for proposals during academic year 2014-2015 with anticipated award dates of November 15 and April 15.  The deadline for submission of proposals will be announced early in the fall academic semester. We solicit three types of proposals: Support for Enhanced Competitiveness proposals that provide partial funding for extramural proposals not funded; Center-stimulation projects with the potential to better position the college in novel innovative research and multidisciplinary centers, and Program Concept Awards that can lay out a vision for a 5-10 year program in Advanced Manufacturing.

The purpose of this call for proposals is, in part, to stimulate new and innovative cross-college and cross-university initiatives led by the College of Engineering. The scope of the call covers basic and applied inquiry in engineering knowledge enrichment and service to society. The intent is to improve the competitiveness of extramural research proposals, explore new collaborations and/or facilitate submission of nationally competitive proposals for centers and other large-scale collaborative opportunities, and generate a concrete vision of how the thematic area of Advanced Manufacturing could be developed within the College of Engineering. The scope of the call includes projects that engage industry.

Funds to support proposals will come primarily from the Research Innovation Committee in the College of Engineering. Funding for successful proposals aligned with other college initiatives, such as the Wisconsin Materials Institute, will be coordinated with those initiatives. 

The outcome of funded activities will be:

a.  Resubmission or revised submission of an unfunded extramural proposal bolstered by additional preliminary results and/or attention to criticisms raised during external review.

b.  Progress toward submission of an extramural application for a research center with annual funding at the level of $2-5M/year or greater for at least 5 years.

c.  Well-defined targets of investment for Advanced Manufacturing.

Committee awards first round of grants

JANUARY 27, 2014

Type 1: Early Stage

Multi-modal Neuro Imaging ($80,000) 
Nam Sung Kim, Mikko Lipasti,  Beth Meyerand, Robert Nowak, Barry Van Veen, Rebecca Willett, Justin Williams, Steven Wright

This proposal describes an interdisciplinary effort grounded in engineering to develop a holistic understanding of the entire brain. The proposed work will incorporate vascular structure, cell phenotypes, electrophysiology, anatomy, multiple spatio-­temporal scales, and chemical dimensions, and is enabled by measurement, data analysis, and prototyping expertise unique to engineering.

Battery Manufacturing, Service and Management Systems (BM2S2) $78,882

Jinghsan Li, Shiyu Zhou, Yhui Han

This proposal addresses the concept development for a center on battery manufacturing, service, and management systems (BM2S2). Such a center will develop integrated research on three tightly coupled directions: battery manufacturing systems to ensure high productivity and quality; battery service systems for diagnosis, maintenance, and recycling; and battery management systems to control and optimize battery operations. 

Type II Proposal Development

Engineering Research Center for Healthcare Engineering
Across the Patient Process (HEAPP) ($80,000
Pascale Carayon, Oguz Alagoz, Ann Schoofs Hundt, Amy Kind, Jingshan Li, Eneida Mendonca, Raj Veeramani, Tosha Wetterneck, Doug Weigman, Shiyu Zhou

HEAPP will transform healthcare into an engineered system that provides patient-centered, ubiquitous, distributed and resilient care. Professionals and researchers from healthcare, engineering, health informatics, computer science, psychology and education will engage in research, education and innovation transfer to enhance patient-centered coordinated care across time, space and organization throughout patients’ lives. 

NSF Engineering Research Center for Integrated Design
of Advanced Biofuels (CIDAB) ($80,000)

George Huber, James Dumesic, Manos Mavrikakis, Christo Maravelias, John Ralph, David Rothman

We have previously submitted a pre-proposal to the NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC) program on this topic. The NSF ERC program supports large interdisciplinary transformative projects ($18 million for 5 years). This proposal will provide funding to put together the full proposal and prepare for a site visit. 

Committee charge
  • Developing a roadmap that will identify grand challenges in engineering research that address national and societal issues and which we have or could have the ability to lead. By necessity this will include an assessment of our strengths and weakness in these areas that enable or prevent the college from assuming a research leadership role. This assessment includes but is not limited to faculty expertise and research infrastructure.
  • Developing a set of institutional goals, initiatives and incentives that will influence the future research directions of the college. It is anticipated that the College will provide resources to the committee to launch new research initiatives that are consistent with the strategic plan.
  • Reviewing and providing a recommendation to the College on internally funded research proposals, as well as centers and institutes proposed by faculty in the College.


    Patricia Flatley Brennan 
       Room 3270a
       Mechanical Engineering Building

       608 263 5251, 608 263 1315

    MEMBERS, 2014-2015

    Nick Abbott
    Chemical and Biological Engineering

    Bill Banholzer
    Chemical and Biological Engineering

    Patti Brennan, Chair
    Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Kristyn Masters
    Biomedical Engineering

    Rock Mackie
    Biomedical Engineering

    Dane Morgan
    Materials Science and Engineering

    Gustavo Parra
    Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Rebecca Willett
    Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Ex-officio members

    Deanna Dietrich, Associate Dean
    Research and Policy Administration

    Susan Hagness, Associate Dean


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