News Archive (2015)

Honors/Recognition

  • Thomas H. Epps, III is the 2015 winner of the Owens-Corning Early Career Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) for groundbreaking polymer research.
  • Dawn Elliott has won the Van C. Mow Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Outstanding Achievement in Mentoring Award from the Orthopedic Research Society.
  • A team led by Michela Taufer took first place in the Eighth IEEE International Scalable Computing Challenge (SCALE 2015) for developing an accurate, scalable solution to the problem of scoring drug compounds on supercomputers.
  • An interdisciplinary team of students recently took first place at the 14th Annual Design of Medical Devices Conference for SimuCath, a novel wearable technology that allows healthcare professionals to practice urinary catheterizations on live actors.
  • John W. Gillespie Jr. has been named a fellow of the Society for Advanced Materials and Process Engineering(SAMPE)
  • David Burris has received the Burt L. Newkirk Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for his contributions to cartilage tribology.
  • Wilfred Chen is the recipient of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers 2015 D.I.C. Wang Award for Excellence in Biochemical Engineering.
  • Thomas H. Epps, III has been awarded the American Physical Society’s 2016 John H. Dillon Medal.
  • Dominic Di Toro has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Environmental Health and Sciences Foundation.
  • Babatunde Ogunnaike has been named a Lifetime Achievement Award Fellow of AAAS.
  • Norman J. Wagner and the late Rickard F. Heck have been named Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors.
  • Kenneth Barner been named an IEEE Fellow for his contributions in the area of nonlinear signal processing.
  • Michela Taufer has been named a Distinguished Member of the Association for Computing Machinery(ACM), the world’s leading association of computing professionals.
  • Jason Gleghorn’s work on lung development was recognized by Oak Ridge Associated Universities, which awarded him a Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award.
  • Richard Wool, professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Delaware, has been named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the United Kingdom’s professional society for chemical scientists and one of the largest such groups in the world.

  • Grants

  • Jill Higginson has received a five-year grant from NIH that will build a link between two successful biomedical engineering programs at UD: clinical immersion and senior design.
  • New NIH-funded research led by Liyun Wang may pave the way to identifying new molecular targets for osteoporosis treatment.
  • A team of researchers led by Paul Imhoff has received funding from two agencies to investigate the use of biochar for management of stormwater runoff and pollutants
  • Haining Wang has received a three-year, $2-million grant from the Department of Homeland Security to investigate energy and power safety in data centers.
  • Jack Puleo has received a $1-million grant from the Department of Defense to quantify the small-scale processes on the beach face responsible for munition mobility.
  • Cathy Wu has received major funding from the National Institutes of Health to continue her bioinformatics research.
  • A team of researchers in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering recently received a four-year $1.75-million grant to measure and predict the rate at which munitions constituents degrade.
  • A team of researchers from the University of Delaware and Christiana Care has received a grant from the Osteo Science Foundation to develop and test a new biomimetic material for the treatment of temporomandibular joint disorders.

  • Research Breakthroughs

  • Tsu-Wei Chou is part of an international team of researchers that is examining the feasibility of using additive manufacturingto produce 3D preforms.
  • An interdisciplinary engineering senior design team received a third-place award at the 2015 Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering and Biotransport Conference in Snowbird, Utah, for a rehabilitation device called Smartboot.
  • Jason Gleghorn is part of a team that recently reported new findings about the physical mechanisms underlying development of the lung’s branched architecture.
  • A research team led by Liyun Wang has published the results of a study showing that bone’s responses to mechanical loading are impaired in type 1 diabetes.
  • A team of researchers including John Slater has developed an image-based, biomimetic patterning strategy that produces a more homogeneous cell population for high-throughput cellular assays.
  • Arthi Jayaraman is part of a research team that recently discovered new science about the behavior of polymer-nanoparticle composites.
  • A team of researchers from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering has developed a new biosensor platform to detect cancer.
  • In a paper published in Science Advances, a group of researchers at the University of Delaware and the Chinese Academy of Sciences reports the use of nanotechnology to improve the energy density of dielectric capacitors.
  • An international team of researchers including Larry Cogburn and Cathy Wu recently published a paper demonstrating that adipose tissue is an important endocrine organ in chickens.
  • Dion Vlachos has published a paper in Nature Communications showing that a patched architecture may yield more effective catalysts than a traditional core-shell structure.
  • A research team led by Ayyappan Rajasekaran reports a fundamental finding that cancer cells can induce neighboring normal cells to become cancer-like.
  • A paper in Nature Communications by a team of University of Delaware researchers documents the , a breakthrough that promises to bring down the cost of hydrogen fuel cells.
  • Norman Wagner, along with scientists at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, are using ceramic nanoparticles to make Liquid Armor, a new type of body protector.
  • Researchers have discovered a cheap and efficient catalyst for converting water to hydrogen fuel (known as hydrogen evolution), a vital step in making hydrogen a viable and sustainable energy source.
  • Senior design students collaborated with industry, clinicians and educators to address a broad range of health-related challenges, yielding new engineering designs for better diagnostics and treatment.

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