Outstanding research at the College of Science, Engineering and Technology has been recognized by the National Science Foundation this Fall with more the $2 million in awards.
Research Infrastructure for Science and Engineeringaward of $1,000,000 for 3 years to Dr. Daniel Vrinceanu (PI) in the Department of Physics, Dr. Shishir Shishodia (Co-PI) and Dr. Jason Rosenzweig (Co-PI) from Department of Biology, Dr. Hyun-Min Hwang (Co-PI) and Dr. Maruthi Sridhar Balaji Bhaskar (Co-PI) in Department of Environmental and Interdisciplinary Sciences. In the project entitled “Characterization, Dynamics, and Biological Impact of Indoor Airborne Dust Exposure” a multidisciplinary team of researchers will perform research that will primarily focus on characterizing both the chemical pollutants and microbiological components found in environmental dust, as well as its sources. This research will explore the fundamental processes in cell and molecular biology guiding dust related stress responses. Four PhD students will receive research scholarships.
Excellence in Research award of $500,000 for 3 years to Dr. Yunjiao Wang (PI) in the Department of Mathematics and Dr. Daniel Vrinceanu (Co-PI) in the Department of Physics for the project “Strengthen the Foundation of Big Data Analytics via Interdisciplinary Research among HBCUs”. This award is shared with a group of researchers in the Department of Computer Science at the Prairie View A&M University and has the goal to improve the understanding and explainability of deep neural networks with the quantum theory of modern physics; enhance the mathematical foundation of deep neural networks; increase the computation efficiency of the deep learning training process with new scalable algorithms; and implement the deep learning research innovations into a new deep learning software package and deploy in the cloud computing and supercomputing platforms.
Excellence in Research award of $500,000 for 3 years to Dr. Maruthi Sridhar Balaji Bhaskar (PI) in Department of Environmental and Interdisciplinary Sciences for the project “Analyzing the impact of landscape changes on the watershed dynamics of the flood-prone urban region”. This project aims to analyze how the urban development, population growth and landscape changes dramatically alters the natural watershed ecosystem and stresses the ecological resources. This research project will provide financial support for undergraduate and graduate students at TSU, train them in state-of-the-art geospatial techniques and enhance collaboration and internship opportunities. Recently, Dr. Bhaskar received a Fulbright Scholar Award to conduct research at the Makerere University in Uganda on monitoring and mapping the Lake Victoria water quality by using satellite remote sensing.
Excellence in Research award of $275,000 for 3 years to Dr. Daniel Vrinceanu (PI) in the Department of Physics for the project “Dynamics of high-L states of Rydberg atoms”. This project seeks to deepen the understanding of high angular momentum states of Rydberg atoms. These are hydrogenic states of atoms excited at very large quantum numbers n, that are very fragile, and easily perturbed by surrounding electric and magnetic fields, and interact strongly with other particles via large cross sections. This project provides scholarships to undergraduate students for training in theoretical atomic physics research through year-long active mentoring, and summer research programs.