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Aerospace

UK Partners With NASA to Help Launch $15 Million Space Technology Research Institute

Researchers at the University of Kentucky are working with NASA to advance key technologies for exploring the moon, Mars and beyond.

Aerospace

UK Hosts 1st Event at New WAARP Flight Facility

Researchers from the University of Kentucky Department of Mechanical Engineering hosted collaborators from Virginia Tech and Oklahoma State University for a series of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) flight experiments June 21-24 at the new Wildcat Agricultural and Atmospheric Research Pavilion (WAARP) flight facility. WAARP is located at North Farm off Ironworks Pike, a 971-hectare agricultural research facility operated by the University of Kentucky.

Sustainable Manufacturing

UK, UT-Knoxville, Army Collaborating on $50 Million Project to Advance US Manufacturing

The University of Kentucky, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT) and the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory (DEVCOM ARL) have announced a five-year, $50 million collaboration directed toward improving manufacturing capabilities in the United States.

Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning/Data Science

National Endowment for the Humanities to Help UK Build One-of-a-Kind Lab for Imaging, Restoring Ancient Artifacts

Brent Seales is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant to create EduceLab — a cultural heritage imaging and analysis laboratory.

Biomechanics

Martha Grady Receives NSF CAREER Award

Martha Grady, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering with a joint appointment in the F. Joseph Halcomb III, M.D. Department of Biomedical Engineering, has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. Grady's project is titled, "Mechanical mechanisms of biofilm survival on implant surfaces" and will be funded in the amount of $599,796 over five years. 

Polymers and Soft Materials

Jonathan Pham Receives NSF CAREER Award

Jonathan Pham, assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. The award will fund his project "Wetting and dynamics on soft and swollen polymeric surfaces" in the amount of $570,000 over five years. 

Metals and Alloys

Brazing Aluminum Alloys in Space with Dusan Sekulic

Since 2017, Dusan P. Sekulic, Secat J. G. Morris Aluminum Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been leading an estimated $1 million international research project funded by NASA and the Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities in Russia. 

Networking

Reimagining the Internet on a Global Scale

A new $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will expand FABRIC, a project to build the nation’s largest cyberinfrastructure testbed, to four distinguished scientific institutions in Asia and Europe. Jim Griffioen, a professor in the Department of Computer Science is a co-principal investigator on the NSF project.

Environmental Engineering and Water Resources

Advancing Wastewater Testing to Track COVID-19

Faculty members Scott Berry and Shakira Hobbs are testing a new technology to evaluate wastewater to track community presence of COVID-19.

Biosystems and Biomaterials

Studying Sulfur Variability in Biofuel Feedstocks with Jian Shi

Through a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the research team led by Jian Shi, an assistant professor in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, will work to identify the reasons behind the sulfur variability in pine feedstocks by studying byproducts collected from across the nation. With the DOE grant and cost-share dollars from universities and the industry, the project will total more than $2 million.