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REI Research Fellow Jieun Yang to receive Materials Research Society (MRS) Postdoctoral Award

jieun yangThe Rutgers Energy Institute (REI) is proud to announce that Jieun Yang is one of this year's Materials Research Society (MRS) Postdoctoral Award recipients.The REI  proudly funded Jieun Yang as a REI research fellow for her work in the Nano-materials and Devices Group under Dr. Manish Chhowalla.  The MRS Postdoctoral Award recognizes postdoctoral scholars who are showing exceptional promise that may include, for example, excellence in scientific research, leadership, advocacy, outreach, or teaching, during their postdoc assignment. 

The award citation is: “for creative research in chemically exfoliated 2D materials and tireless dedication to mentoring women in science and engineering”. The award consists of a $2,000 honorarium, a citation certificate, and complimentary meeting registration to attend the 2017 MRS Fall Meeting. This year’s MRS Postdoctoral Awards,  will be presented during the 2017 MRS Fall Meeting in Boston.

Rutgers Energy Reduction Competition - Campus vs. Campus

Save a Watt, Save the World

Campus vs. Campus Energy Reduction Competition for 2017

31 days of energy conservation for the month of October. Are you up for the challenge?

Guidelines for Energy Competition

  1. Check out: http://facilities.rutgers.edu/about-ufcp/sustainability/energy-conservation-tips to find out what you can do to save energy on your campus.
  1. University Facilities will collect electrical energy readings for each campus from October 1-31, and compared to October the previous year.
  1. The campus that reduces its energy usage by the greatest percentage wins the energy trophy!
  1. Rankings will be posted after the trophy presentation.

Trophy will be awarded at a home Football game.

Flyer available for posting

Sponsored by:  University Facilities and Capital Planning

 

 

Smart Cities Could Be Asset During Natural Disasters

Smart cities— where different utilities and services are interconnected via the Internet of Things(IoT) — may be especially beneficial during times of emergency.

Narayan Mandayam, a Distinguished Professor and Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rutgers University, said by utilizing the IoT to connect different telecommunications platforms and utility services, municipalities can enhance communication between first responders while also handling any potential problems to the water, gas or power services faster.

“A smart city is where every device, every entity and every object can connect wirelessly for whatever the needs,” Mandayam said in a statement. “To make a smart city happen, a tremendous amount of investment in infrastructure will be needed, but the benefits will likely far outweigh the costs. It scares me to think what it would mean for congestion, pollution and quality of life if we don’t start doing things to mitigate them.”

Mandayam, who lives in New Jersey, said he was inspired by what he saw during superstorm Sandy, which devastated the state on Oct. 29, 2012. He said he personally was without power for five days, while others in the state did not have power for at least two weeks. Read more.

Marianthi Ierapetritou Promoted to Distinguished Professor

The Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering’s Marianthi Ierapetritou was recently advanced to the ranks of distinguished professor—a title reserved for faculty who have achieved “scholarly eminence” in their field, according to the university.

Marianthi Ierapetritou

Ierapetritou has published over 150 papers and received over 50 conference invitations to discuss her research, which focuses on process operations, flexible manufacturing systems, modeling of reactive flow processes, and metabolic engineering. She has served as chair of the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering since 2013.

Among Ierapetritou’s many awards are the prestigious NSF Career Award (2000-2004), NASA’s New Jersey Space Grant Consortium (2000-2001), Rutgers’ Teaching Excellence Award (2002), and the School of Engineering’s Outstanding Faculty Award (2012).

Highly active in the scientific community, Ierapetritou serves as vice president of Computer Aids in Chemical Engineering (CACHE) and vice chair/program coordinator for the Computing and Systems Technology (CAST) division of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). She is also a member of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), the Rutgers Energy Institute (REI), and the Engineering Specific Career Advisory Problem-Solving Environment (ESCAPE).

 

$500,000 NSF Grant Supports Rutgers’ Innovation

Continuing to pave the way in innovation, Rutgers is launching a new program to bridge the gap between the lab and marketplace.

Materials Science and Engineering Professor Dunbar Birnie recently received a $500,000 grant to support Rutgers' inventions for the next five years through the NSF I-Corps program. According to the NSF, the I-Corps program works to bring research projects to the marketplace, thereby fostering a national ecosystem of innovation.

“Our program is aimed very broadly to help Rutgers students and faculty take their innovations and help them move toward commercialization,” said Birnie, whose research interests revolve around solar technology.

Birnie is working in collaboration with the Rutgers Office of Research Commercialization, Rutgers Business School, and Rutgers Entrepreneurship Coalition to nurture Rutgers’ inventions through a Rutgers’ NSF I-Corps Site. 

The NSF has established dozens of I-Corps Sites across the country to provide the infrastructure and resources groups need to prepare their work for commercialization.

“The real impact—we hope—will be in new technologies, new jobs, and where Rutgers will be known as the place where these new technologies arose.”

Rutgers funds over $600 million in research per year, which generates over 150 patents and more than $15 million in licensing income annually. Project leaders hope that the program will help to successfully transition research outcomes to the commercialization stage.

Birnie said that since the program is just getting underway, there are no specific innovations to report yet.

“We are targeting inventive Rutgers students and faculty far and wide,” he said.