84 internships and research fellowships for the pandemic summer

By | June 30, 2020

With many students facing the cancellation of their summer plans to work as engineering interns, the Multidisciplinary Design Program has rushed to fill the gap. Cobbling together resources from inside and outside U-M, the program team created 54 paid internships and research fellowships, and 30 additional unpaid positions each mentored by U-M faculty.  The Multidisciplinary Design Program (MDP)… Read More »

Wireless sensors for N95 masks could enable easier, more accurate decontamination

By | June 30, 2020

Tiny wireless sensors for recycled N95 masks could verify, in real time, whether the respirators are being exposed to proper decontamination conditions.  These batteryless sensors are being developed and tested at the University of Michigan through a new National Science Foundation RAPID COVID-19 grant. They are designed to provide more accurate and less cumbersome monitoring during the decontamination… Read More »

NERS Professor Kevin Field wins DOE Early Career Award

By | June 30, 2020

Kevin Field, associate professor in the U-M Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences (NERS), has been awarded funding for research as part of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science’s Early Career Research Program. Field is a nuclear materials scientist with expertise in advanced alloy development and radiation effects in material systems relevant for nuclear… Read More »

Weiser Food Allergy Center tapped to join elite research network

By | June 30, 2020

The Mary H. Weiser Food Allergy Center (MHWFAC) at U-M has been named a Discovery Center of Distinction by FARE, the leading food allergy research, advocacy, and education organization. The prestigious award adds the MHWFAC to the FARE Clinical Network, which was established in 2015 to link top food allergy centers nationwide for collaboration on the development of… Read More »

Tandem wins teaching innovation prize

By | June 30, 2020

Tandem, a tool that helps track and facilitate group projects, has received the University of Michigan Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize. Tandem was developed by the Center for Academic Innovation and Michigan Engineering. Robin Fowler, a lecturer in the Department of Engineering, and one of the faculty leads who helped develop Tandem. She is talking about Tandem at the… Read More »

Students lead the way on State of Michigan web application to curb the spread of COVID-19

By | June 30, 2020

A team of students at the College of Engineering have developed an online tool called “MI Symptoms” to help Michigan residents track potential COVID-19 symptoms, enabling state officials and employers to make the right call about reopening workplaces during the pandemic.  Among the web application’s key audiences are employers who will need to make sure they’re correctly following… Read More »

U-M faculty receive $1.9M in DOE funding awards

By | June 30, 2020

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding $65 million to support 93 projects spread across 28 different states. The U-M department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences (NERS) has received $1,883,668 to fund seven projects to advance nuclear technology. The awards are through two DOE programs: the Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP) and the Nuclear Energy Enabling… Read More »

Success with ServiceNow: HITS manages spike in incidents during pandemic

Facing a surge in requests for help, HITS used new tools, streamlined processes, and called on volunteers to keep Michigan Medicine working. Because of the shift to remote work due to COVID-19, HITS experienced a significant surge in requests for help. Help Me Now locations were closed to ensure worker safety, phone wait times increased substantially, and there… Read More »

Google Currents will replace Google+

By | June 30, 2020

Google has announced they will be transitioning Google+ over to an updated service called Google Currents. Starting on July 6, 2020, you will begin to lose access to Google+ and all existing communities will begin the transition to Currents. No action is required by you or your team. Google Currents is a rebranding of Google+ with an updated… Read More »

MiXR Studios Podcast: XR’s Impact on Society and Culture

By | June 29, 2020

This week’s MiXR Studios podcast focused on diversity, race, ethnicity, and gender related to embodiment virtual reality (VR) in conversation with Lisa Nakamura and Chris Quintana.  Nakamura and Quintana discussed their XR experiences in the humanities and the possibilities of creating an XR classroom to study affordances in society and culture. Nakamura explained how she constructed a course… Read More »

U-M BLiSS team wins NASA ‘Moon to Mars’ challenge grant

By | June 29, 2020

The University of Michigan’s Bioastronautics and Life Support System (BLiSS) was selected by NASA, in partnership with the National Space Grant Foundation, to develop innovative design ideas that will help NASA advance and execute its Artemis project objectives. BLiSS is a student-run research team at U-M open to undergraduate and graduate students. It was founded by Daniil Abramov… Read More »

University alliance receives $51.5 million in funding from Defense Threat Reduction Agency

By | June 29, 2020

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s (DTRA) has announced it is rewarding $51.5 million of funding to the newly formed Interaction of Ionizing Radiation with Matter University Research Alliance (IIRM-URA) program.  IIRM-URA is comprised of 12 universities and 8 partner institutions, national laboratories, and industrial companies. The University of Michigan is one of IIRM-URA’s four permanent university members.  IIRM-URA… Read More »

An autonomous HVAC system could provide more comfort with less energy

By | June 29, 2020

As lockdown restrictions lift, COVID-19 is changing how we use indoor spaces, challenging those who manage these spaces, from homes to offices to factories. One of the biggest challenges concerns heating and cooling. In response to the need for smart, more flexible climate control to keep people comfortable without heating and cooling entire empty buildings, researchers from the… Read More »

New method ensures complex programs are bug-free without testing

By | June 29, 2020

A team of researchers from the University of Michigan, Microsoft Research, and Carnegie Mellon have created Armada, a system that uses a technique called formal verification to prove whether a piece of software will output what it is designed to produce without bugs.  Armada targets software that uses concurrent execution, a method of performance boosting, and passes systems… Read More »

Reflecting on an impactful career: CEE Professor Nikolaos Katopodes retires

By | June 29, 2020

After more than forty years of experience in institutional and global service, Prof. Nikolaos Katopodes’s CV lists a litany of awards, presentations, visiting professorships, and publications. Katopodes earned his BSc from Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece, before receiving his MS and PhD in Engineering at the University of California at Davis. Following his service in the Greek Army… Read More »

K-12 online learning platform from U-M sees dramatic rise in use

By | June 29, 2020

Wendy Skinner, like thousands of K-12 Michigan teachers, wasn’t sure where to turn when the Michigan Department of Education released its “Learning at a Distance” guidelines in early April which required teachers to continue student learning at home during the pandemic. Looking for guidance, Skinner attended a webinar on the Collabrify Roadmap Platform. Roadmaps, developed by the Center… Read More »

Engineering course challenges students to create tech solutions for COVID-19

By | June 29, 2020

Students in a Michigan Engineering spring/summer course called “Software against COVID-19,” taught by David Chesney, are working on six projects to help people during the COVID-19 pandemic. The course is usually called “Software for Accessibility,” but Chesney, the Toby Teorey Collegiate Lecturer in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, decided to offer this special session from May through August. … Read More »

U-M biophysicist named Pew scholar

By | June 29, 2020

Sarah Keane, an assistant professor at the University of Michigan, was chosen by the Pew Charitable Trust to join the Pew Scholars program in the Biomedical Sciences.  Keane is one of only 22 early-career researchers to be selected for the program. Keane and other scholars will receive funding for four years to invest in foundational research in pursuit… Read More »