What: “A bio-inspired journey through some research challenges of energy and environment,” a lecture by Dr. Ramkrishna Sen, Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Columbia University.
When, where, etc: Tuesday April 15, 2014, 11 a.m. to noon, Fort IRC, Room 410. There is no charge for the workshop. Fulbright campus representatives and interested faculty are encouraged to attend. To reserve a seat please email Brendan McKennedy.
Background: Dr. Ramkrishna Sen is an associate professor in the Department of Biotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India. He is currently working as Fulbright Visiting Faculty in the Department of Earth & Environmental Engineering, The Fu Foundation School of Engineering & Applied Sciences at Columbia University.
Dr. Sen is a biochemical engineer by training and profession. He has been engaged in R&D in energy and the environment and healthcare. His team has been working on the process development and optimization for antitumor, broad-spectrum antimicrobial and biofilm-disrupting biosurfactants of marine bacterial origin; biosurfactant-enhanced remediation of heavy metals and polyaromatic hydrocarbons; biosurfactant-mediated MEOR and nano-particle synthesis; bioethanol from lignocellulosic biomass; biodiesel from microalgal lipid and non-conventional vegetable oils and algae based CO2 capture & sequestration (CCS) from flue gas coupled with waste water treatment.
The Outreach Lecturing Fund allows Fulbright Visiting Scholars who are currently in the United States to travel to other higher education institutions across the country. Each year some 800 faculty and professionals from around the world receive Fulbright Scholar grants for advanced research and university lecturing. The fund allows these scholars to share their specific research interests; speak on the history and culture of their home country; exchange ideas with U.S. students, faculty and community organizations; become better acquainted with U.S. higher education; and create linkages between their home and host institutions and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.
A nationally recognized pioneer in clean-energy development has been named Senior Researcher of the Year at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.
Over a career of more than 25 years, Dr. Yusuf “Debo” Adewuyi has skillfully fused chemical engineering and environmental science to explore new dimensions of energy production, including the use of nanoscale materials and sound-wave technology for pollution control.
Dr. Adewuyi is one of five individual researchers and one research team selected this year for N.C. A&T’s highest research honor, the Research Excellence Awards. In addition to Dr. Adewuyi, the honorees are:
- Dr. Justin Zhan, Department of Computer Science, Outstanding Junior Researcher;
- Dr. Stephanie Kelly, Department of Business Education, and Dr. Lifeng Zhang, Department of Nanoengineering at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, co-winners of the Rookie of the Year award;
- Dr. Salil Desai, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Intellectual Property Award; and
- The NSF CREST Bioenergy Center, Interdisciplinary Team Award.
They were chosen from a field consisting of faculty members selected as researchers of the year by their colleges and schools. The winners and nominees will be honored Friday April 11 at the annual Celebration of Faculty Excellence.
Details on the winners follow the jump.
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Tagged Justin Zhan, Lifeng Zhang, NSF CREST Bioenergy Center, Research Excellence Awards, Salil Desai, Stephanie Kelly, Yusuf Adewuyi
Innovation Challenge winner Michael D. Baker III is congratulated by Louis Judge, N.C. A&T director of technology transfer.
Undergraduates come to college with a lot to learn, but many are already well prepared for one challenge: innovative thinking.
At N.C. A&T this year, the third annual Innovation Challenge produced ideas from 20 teams and individual undergraduates. A total of 43 students participated.
The panel of judges awarded first place to Michael D. Baker III, a junior from Raleigh, for a zero-emission, self-powered vehicle. The concept brings existing technologies together in a novel way to power a vehicle with no internal combustion engine. The first-place prize was an iPad.
Second place went to three sophomores – Mariyah Pressley from Newport News, Virginia; Maya Whitlow, from Germantown, Maryland; and Kendrea Young, from Houston, Texas – for “The SMART Bed,” a twin-, full-, queen-, or king-size bed that would include a variety of built-in systems for personal productivity and relaxation. Each second-place winner received a mini-projector.
Third place was awarded to Kevin Compton, a sophomore from Mebane, N.C., for “The Chameleon,” an electronic system that could render military vehicles virtually invisible. The third-place prize was $75.
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Fourteen top faculty members have been named researchers of the year by their colleges and schools at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. All are automatically nominated for the university’s top research honors, the annual Research Excellence Awards.
The honorees are a diverse group, representing 13 academic disciplines in seven colleges and schools, including the Department of Nanoengineering of the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering. The one department with multiple nominees this year is the Department of Computer Science.
In addition, one interdisciplinary project was nominated for the Research Team Award.
The Research Excellence Awards will be presented at a dinner on Friday April 11 in the Alumni-Foundation Event Center on campus.
This year’s nominees:
Senior Researcher of the Year
- College of Arts & Sciences: Dr. Yuh-Lang Lin, Department of Physics
- College of Engineering: Dr. Yusuf Adewuyi, Department of Chemical Engineering
- School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences: Dr. Lijun Wang, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Design
- School of Business and Economics: Dr. Lemuria Carter, Department of Accounting
- School of Education: Dr. Phoebe Butler-Ajibade, Department of Human Performance and Leisure Studies
Outstanding Junior Researcher Award
- College of Engineering: Dr. Justin Zhan, Department of Computer Science
- School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences: Dr. Jenora Waterman, Department of Animal Sciences
- School of Education: Dr. Nichole Smith, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Rookie of the Year Award
- College of Engineering: Dr. Kaushik Roy, Department of Computer Science
- Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering: Dr. Lifeng Zhang, Department of Nanoengineering
- School of Business and Economics: Dr. Stephanie Kelly, Department of Business Education
- School of Technology: Dr. Mahour Mellat-Parast, Department of Applied Engineering Technology
Intellectual Property Award
- College of Engineering: Dr. Salil Desai, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
- School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences: Dr. Shengmin Sang, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences and the Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies
Research Team Award
- Nominated by the College of Arts & Sciences and the School of Business and Economics: NSF CREST Bioenergy Center
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