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Posted January 15th, 2014 by admin

Two funding sources are listed for Nano Technology. One targets Nano Technology in Undergraduate Education and the other is in the area of Nano Biosensing. Both have proposal dead lines in 2014.

Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education (NUE) in Engineering
Anticipated deadline for 2014 proposals is May 22 2014.
This solicitation aims at introducing nanoscale science, engineering, and technology through a variety of interdisciplinary approaches into undergraduate engineering education. The focus of the FY 2013 competition is on nanoscale engineering education with relevance to devices and systems and/or on the societal, ethical, economic and/or environmental issues relevant to nanotechnology.
Related funding opportunities are posted on the web site for the National Nanotechnology Initiative, In addition, research and education projects in nanoscale science and engineering will continue to be supported in the relevant NSF programs and divisions.

Deadline for proposals is Sept 17, 2014
The Nano-Biosensing Program supports fundamental research in engineering areas related to:
- Novel biorecognition elements
- Multifunctional nanomaterials and interfaces for biosensing applications
- Fundamental study of bio-macromolecules confinement and orientation at the micro- and nano-interfaces for biosensing applications
- Nano-biosensors for basic biology applications (protein-protein interactions, cellular signaling and cross talk, as well as other similar topics)
- Integration of nano-biosensors into portable devices for medical applications.
The Nano-Biosensing Program supports innovative, transformative and insightful fundamental investigations of original technologies with broad long term impact and applications that require novel use of bio-inspired engineering principles and sophisticated approaches to meet the engineering and technology needs of the nation. The program is targeting research in the area of the monitoring, identification and/or quantification of biological phenomena and will support potential technological breakthroughs that exist at the intersection of engineering, life science and information technology. Proposals submitted to the Program must advance both engineering and life sciences.

Engineers Connect & Compare Notes on Concrete, Circuits, and a Collaboratory

Posted January 18th, 2011 by admin

Recently a group of engineering faculty (and three graduate engineering students) connected at Messiah College in the first ITN Engineering Forum. These gatherings offer faculty among the ITN schools to meet informally, connect professionally, and gain understanding about the variety of innovation underway across the region. We have seen relationships arise from these, and other ITN events, resulting in research collaborations and joint efforts in pursuit of public and private sector projects. This event was also supported by the NSF-PFI (Partnerships for Innovation) grant. Below is a brief re-cap of the discussion, which is planned as a quarterly meeting.

The group was welcomed by Dr. Randy Fish, Engineering Department Chair and Professor of Engineering, who also spoke briefly on Messiah’s Collaboratory for Strategic Partnerships and Applied Research.

The first presentation was by Dr. Nathaniel E Hager, III; Research Scientist in the Physics & Engineering Dept. of Elizabethtown College. Dr. Hager uses ultrafast pulse Time-Domain-Reflectometry (TDR) to assess the cure of concrete and cementitious materials.

Dr. Aldo Morales, Co-Director of the Center for Signal Integrity at Penn State Harrisburg, spoke on the Center’s activities. “Signal integrity is the engineering field that analyzes high-speed electrical interconnects with the overall goal of improving the design, reliability, and performance of digital systems.” Karthik Balasubramanian, a graduate student in electrical engineering also presented on signal integrity and high speed interconnects.

Mike Zummo, Biodiesel Project Manager and 2006 mechanical engineering graduate at Messiah College reflected on the years that Messiah has been involved in biodiesel, both here and overseas. A small scale production biodiesel facility has been constructed and in September 2008 the U.S. Department of Energy awarded the Collaboratory a USDOE grant for nearly $500,000 for research and refining of the production process.

Dr. Harold Underwood, Associate Professor of Engineering, specializes in circuits, electromagnetics, linear systems, antennas and wireless communication systems, and RF/microwave applications. He has been working in partnership with The SymBionyx Foundation on an assistive technology for Asperger Syndrome clients, known as Wireless Enabled Remote Co-presenceTM (WERC).

Posted by Malcolm Furman, Faculty Liaison at ITN