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Environmental Engineering and Water Resources

Humanitarian Engineering with Shakira Hobbs

This fall, the Department of Civil Engineering offered a new class CE 599: Introduction to Humanitarian Engineering. The course is taught by first-year assistant professor Shakira Hobbs. Department chair Reg Souleyrette says she’s a perfect match for the new course. 

Bioengineering & Biomechanics

The Connector: Mark Suckow

When Mark Suckow (pronounced SOO-koh) interviewed with University of Kentucky vice president for research Lisa Cassis for the position of attending veterinarian, he posed a simple question: could he do more? 

Signal Processing and Machine Learning

Explainable Artificial Intelligence Systems with Brent Harrison

"I think it’s essential that we bring technology up to human standards, rather than forcing humans to adapt their ways of thinking to fit the AI system." - Brent Harrison 


Understanding the Impacts of Transportation Network Companies with Greg Erhardt

Transportation Network Companies like Uber and Lyft promised to solve traffic congestion in major cities. Greg Erhardt, assistant professor of civil engineering at UK, says not so fast.

Mechanics & Materials

Soft Materials and Interfaces with Jonathan Pham

Last summer, materials engineering assistant professor Jonathan Pham received two National Science Foundation grants totaling $525,000. Pham, who joined the UK College of Engineering faculty in 2017, researches soft materials and interfaces and liquid-surface interactions, among other interests. Basically, he explores how solid materials…well, sometimes liquids…depending on the size, of course…well, probably better if he explains it.

Brehm Receives Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award

Brehm’s project, “Numerical Investigations of Particle Interactions with Navy Relevant High-Speed Flows,” addresses the significant gap in knowledge for particulate-laden, high-speed flows, employing one-of-a-kind numerical investigations to study the interaction of particulates with high-speed flows for geometries and flow conditions relevant to the Navy.

Environmental Science

Multidisciplinary Smart Structures with Mariantonieta Gutierrez Soto

On October 10, 2018, Hurricane Michael made landfall on Mexico Beach, Florida with 155 mph winds, becoming the fourth-strongest hurricane to make landfall and just shy of a Category 5 hurricane. Thus far, it is estimated that 54 people lost their lives due to Michael and insurance claims have topped $1.5 billion with deaths as far away as Virginia and flooding as far as Maryland.

Bioengineering & Biomechanics

Computer Modeling for Heart Health with Jonathan Wenk and Kenneth Campbell

Combining physiology and engineering, UK’s Jonathan Wenk and Kenneth Campbell are developing computer software to deliver better therapies for patients with life-threatening heart failure. The National Institutes of Health recently awarded the team a $3 million five-year grant to create a computer model of the heart that can be customized to individual patients and predict long-term results.

Yu Receives Two-Year NIH Grant for Neonatal Intensive Care Device

“This device will be put to test in the neonatal intensive care unit for continuous monitoring of cerebral hemodynamic and metabolic variations in pre-term infants with patent ductus arteriosus undergoing indomethacin treatment. This pilot research will provide key information to validate the DSCFO device for clinical use and demonstrate its potential to provide prompt biomarkers for evaluating neuronal brain health and subsequent management of critically ill infants, who are at highest risk for developing neurological morbidities.”

Cui Awarded Two Grants Totaling over $650,000

Licong Cui, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science, has received two grants amounting to over $650,000 that will further her work in debugging large ontologies and customizing data collection systems. The grants were awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).