Collaboration: The New (and Better) Normal

by Eric Grulke, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies


Research collaboration, a way of life for many engineers, has been a major topic for funding agencies nationwide. Since 2010, there have been a number of new federal initiatives for science, engineering and technology—complex projects seeking real solutions. During the first decade of this century, nanotechnology was a major theme, involving over 20 federal agencies that […]

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Grant Activity

UK has a role in Detroit’s new $148 million light-materials manufacturing institute

UK Helps Launch Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Institute by Keith Hautala, UKPR K entucky is both benefiting from and making “UK will also contribute to, and benefit from, important contributions to Detroit’s new $148 million lightweight materials manufacturing institute, announced in late February by President Barack Obama. The American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII) will […]

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Game Changer

Iconic professor Dibakar Bhattacharyya is applying his profuse knowledge of membranes to the world of manufacturing.


Alumni Professor Dibakar Bhattacharyya— ubiquitously known as “DB”—has forged a successful 47-year career as a chemical engineering professor and researcher fueled by his serious interest in creating clean water through advanced membranes and other technologies. After spending nearly a half-century at the University of Kentucky, DB sports one of the most impressive resumes in the […]

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Making Connections

When it comes to research excellence, Anthony J. Elam has a proven history of getting the right people together.


In an academic system where specialization is inevitable, Tony Elam is what one might call a “deep generalist.” His lengthy career consists of ample experience in both industry and academia—a powerful combination that enables him to do what he does best: cross borders and create partnerships. As the college’s Director of Strategic Initiatives—a new position […]

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Seeing Blue(tooth)

After receiving a mechanical engineering degree from Purdue, Ph.D. student Ann Whitney came to UK to focus on wireless devices.


After receiving her Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Purdue University, Ann Whitney came to UK to earn a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering with a focus on wireless devices. Specifically, Ann is investigating radio frequency identification (RFID) and Bluetooth low energy and discovering new ways of estimating the location of a device based upon […]

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2013-2014 New Faculty

Gabriel Dadi Civil Engineering Ph.D. University of Kentucky José Graña-Otero Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. Technical University of Madrid Wei Li Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. University of Calgary Kelly Pennell Civil Engineering Ph.D. Purdue University Chen Qian Computer Science Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin Michael Sama Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering Ph.D. University of Kentucky Jhon Silva-Castro Mining […]

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