News from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs: Nearly $1M in external funding received

September 6, 2018

Six UM-Dearborn faculty members have received external funding for their research.

External Grants Received

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs would like to congratulate the following faculty members on receiving external funding for their research.

The role of the eye’s peri-limbal tissue and integral veins on intraocular pressure
Alan Argento, PhD, Mechanical Engineering, was recently awarded a $420,194 grant by the National Science Foundation to study the influence of the eye’s perilimbal scleral tissue and integrated aqueous veins on the regulation of intraocular pressure, a quantity that, when elevated, is a risk factor for the disease glaucoma. In the research, ocular imaging, measurements of tissue strains and mathematical modeling will be used to develop knowledge about the interaction of the veins and the surrounding soft tissue as well as the transfer of intraocular pressure through the sclera and to the veins. Because biological tissue properties are strongly tied to components of the extracellular matrix and its remodeling, the project has broader application to aging and soft tissue disorders.

Hybrid decellularized extracellular matrix hydrogel for harnessing mesenchymal stem cell pro-angiogenic potential
Gargi Ghosh, PhD, Mechanical Engineering, was recently awarded a $156,000 grant by the National Institutes of Health to deconstruct the microenvironmental cues to identify the synergy between microenvironmental factors in guiding the release of trophic factors and enhance the therapeutic capacity of mesenchymal stem cells.

Development of 3D printed model of breast cancer metastasis to bone for preclinical drug screening
Gargi Ghosh, PhD, Mechanical Engineering, was recently awarded a $39,953 grant by The Alternatives Research and Development Foundation to bioprint a 3D breast cancer bone metastasis model to aid in discovery and high-throughput screening of new experimental compounds, and later extended to other tumor types and have wide application in pharmaceutical drug discovery.

Halal Metropolis: Exploring Muslim Visibility in Detroit
Sally Howell, PhD, Center for Arab American Studies, received $50,000 from the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and $15,000 from the Michigan Humanities Council to broaden a recently funded project that aims to help Detroiters of all backgrounds develop a better understanding of the active ways in which Detroit is changing alongside and in collaboration with its many Muslim populations. The project funds an exhibition of new works by Osman Khan and Razi Jafri, along with a series of artist talks and gallery conversations throughout Metro Detroit.

Li-ion battery-pack modeling and state-of-power estimation
Youngki Kim, PhD, Mechanical Engineering, was recently awarded a $75,000 subcontract from the Department of Energy through the Southwest Research Institute to model a Li-ion battery pack, implement a state-of-power estimation algorithm, and conduct a simulation study to investigate the impact of state-of-charge swing-range and a lower-limit of state-of-charge on fuel economy of a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. 

Investigation of Wheel-Motor Control Algorithm for Commercial Vehicle Applications
Taehyun Shim, PhD, Mechanical Engineering, recently received a $114,904 contract from Hyundai Motor Company to investigate control algorithm that uses a wheel-motor to improve dynamics of commercial vehicles.

Chip-Scale Cooling of Power Devices for High Power Density and High System Efficiency
Mengqi Wang, PhD, Electrical & Computer Engineering, recently received a $73,733 contract from Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America to demonstrate the benefits that embedded cooling can bring for next-generation higher power density power electronics using wide bandgap (WBG) devices.

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