Research

Currently Active Grants

Below is a list of selected, recently funded (past two years) external research grants to the Washkewicz College of Engineering:

 

Award Title: State of Ohio Scholarships and Fellowship 

Sponsor: Ohio Space Grant Consortium   
PI: Dr. Wei Zhang, Mechanical Engineering    
Award Period: 10/01/2020 - 12/31/2021   
Amount: $27,000

 

Award Title: Flow Physics of Transient Rooftop Vortices at High Reynolds Numbers to Mitigate Wind Hazards 

Sponsor: Ohio Space Grant Consortium   
PI: Dr. Wei Zhang, Mechanical Engineering    
Award Period: 09/01/2020 - 08/31/2021   
Amount: $5,000

 

Award Title: Assured Digital Microelectronics Education & Training Ecosystem (ADMETE) 

Sponsor: Air Force Office of Scientific Research (via Youngstown State University)  
PI: Dr. Lili Dong, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science    
Award Period: 10/03/2020 - 10/02/2021   
Amount: $40,000 (total anticipated $140,000)

 

Award Title: Establishing Linkage to Care

Sponsor: Cuyahoga County Department of Health 
PI: Dr. Miyuki Tedor, Criminology Anthropology & Sociology; Co-PIs: Dr. Sathish Kumar, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science; Dr. Patricia Stoddard Dare, Social Work  
Award Period: 09/01/2020 - 08/31/2021   
Amount: $234,043

 

Award Title: Advanced District Energy Controls for Improved Efficiency and Resilience

Sponsor: U.S. Department of Energy (via Paragon Robotics LLC)
PI: Dr. Yongxin Tao, Mechanical Engineering   
Award Period: 09/01/2020 - 11/30/2021   
Amount: $119,070 (total anticipated $256,905)

 

Award Title: Pillar and Perfusion Well Plate Platforms for Reproducible Organoid Culture from iPSC

Sponsor: National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences - National Institutes of Health (through Bioprinting Laboratories, Inc.)
PI: Dr. Moo-Yeal Lee, Chemical and Biomedical Engineering    
Award Period: 07/15/2020 - 06/30/2021   
Amount: $105,000

 

Award Title: Entrepreneurial Manufacturer Digitization Support (EMDiS) Center of Excellence 

Sponsor: U.S. Economic Development Administration   
PI: Dr. Jerzy Sawicki, Mechanical Engineering    
Award Period: 09/15/2020 - 09/14/2023   
Amount: $600,000

 

Award Title: Spurious Grain Formation in Alloys Directionally Solidified on the Space Station due to Marangoni Convection

Sponsor: National Aeronautics and Space Administration   
PI: Dr. Surendra Tewari, Chemical and Biomedical Engineering    
Award Period: 02/25/2020 - 02/24/2021   
Amount: $100,000

 

Award Title: Detecting Arch Instability in Charcot Neuropathy 

Sponsor: Innovative Scientific Solutions Inc - National Institutes of Health   
PI: Dr. Brian Davis, Mechanical Engineering    
Award Period: 08/19/2020 - 07/31/2021   
Amount: $75,000

 

Award Title: Reimaging Co-Operative Learning and Working 

Sponsor: Fenn Educational Fund - Cleveland Foundation   
PI: Sandra English, Washkewicz College of Engineering    
Award Period: 08/01/2020 - 07/31/2022   
Amount: $149,413

 

Award Title: Controlling Functional Reaching with Eye and Head Movments of People with High Cervical Spinal Cord Injuries 

Sponsor: Ohio Department of Higher Education   
PI: Dr. Eric Schearer, Mechanical Engineering    
Award Period: 06/09/2020 - 06/30/2022   
Amount: $249,569

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Award Title: Collaborative Research: IRES Track I: US-Korea Collaboration on Biomimicry and Bio-Inspired Fluid Flows (IRES-BIOFLOW) 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation   
PI: Dr. Wei Zhang, Mechanical Engineering    
Award Period: 06/03/2020 - 08/31/2023   
Amount: $194,998

 

Award Title: Fundamentals of Strengthening Mechanisms in Carbon nanotube (CNT)/Graphene Nanoplatelet (GNP) Reinforced Metal Matrix Composites for Aerospace Structural Applications

Sponsor: Air Force Office of Scientific Research 
PI: Dr. Tushar Borkar, Mechanical Engineering 
Award Period: 07/01/2019 - 06/30/2021 
Amount: $159,906 

 

Award Title: CIF21DIBBS: EI: VIFI:Virtual Information-Fabric Infrastructure (VIFI) for Data-Driven Decisions from Distributed Data

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (via the University of North Carolina-Charlotte)
PI: Dr. Yongxin Tao, Mechanical Engineering   
Award Period: 08/08/2019 - 09/30/2020   
Amount: $97,239

 
Award Title: CAREER: Flow Physics of Transient Rooftop Vortices and Bio-Inspired Flow Control to Mitigate Wind Hazards 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation   
PI: Dr. Wei Zhang, Mechanical Engineering    
Award Period: 03/01/2020 - 02/28/2025   
Amount: $580,248

 

Award Title: Reproducibility in simulation-based prediction of natural knee mechanics 

Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (via Washington State University)   
PI: Dr. Antonie van den Bogert, Mechanical Engineering    
Award Period: 07/01/2019 - 06/30/2020   
Amount: $74,844

 

Award Title: Modeling Diabetes Using an Integrated Plate System 

Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (via Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center)   
PI: Dr. Moo-Yeal Lee, Chemical and Biomedical Engineering    
Award Period: 09/20/2018 - 07/31/2020   
Amount: $580,292

 

Award Title: Secure Data Logging and Processing with Blockchain and Machine Learning 

Sponsor: National Energy Technology Laboratoty of the U.S. Department of Energy (via Florida International University)   
PI: Dr. Wenbing Zhao, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science    
Award Period: 09/01/2019 - 08/31/2022   
Amount: $180,000

 

Award Title: CAREER: Caregiver Teaching of Neuroprostheseses Functional Reading: Educating Empathetic Engineers to Create Solutions for High Tetroplegia 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation   
PI: Dr. Eric Schearer, Mechanical Engineering    
Award Period: 07/01/2018 - 06/30/2023   
Amount: $549,996

 

Award Title: Collaborative Research: Design and Development of a Multifunctional Nanoplatform for Augmented Elastic Matrix Repair 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation   
PI: Dr. Chandra Kothapalli, Chemical and Biomedical Engineering    
Award Period: 10/01/2019 - 09/30/2022   
Amount: $299,872

 

Award Title: Engineered Organic Color Centers for Profiling Protein-Carbohydrate Recognition 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation 
PI: Dr. Geyou Ao, Chemical and Biomedical Engineering    
Award Period: 07/01/2019 - 06/30/2022   
Amount: $346,889

 

Award Title: Development of a Predictive Methodology to Assess Microbial Robustness of Home Care Products 

Sponsor: Colgate-Palmolive Company (via the CSU Research Corporation)
PI: Dr. Moo-Yeal Lee, Chemical and Biomedical Engineering    
Award Period: 03/12/2019 - 03/11/2020   
Amount: $80,000

 

Award Title: RTA Project 

Sponsor: Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (via the Ohio Department of Transportation)
PI: Dr. Stephen Duffy, Civil and Environmental Engineering    
Award Period: 01/14/2019 - 01/13/2020   
Amount: $500,000

 

Award Title: SaTC: EDU: Game-Based Cyber Security Education on Anonymous Communication 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation 
PI: Dr. Ye Zhu, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science    
Award Period: 09/01/2018 - 08/31/2020   
Amount: $299,977