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Upcoming Events

Inside the Atoms: Mining a Network of Networks and Beyond

  • Lecture by Dr. Hanghang Tong from Arizona State University. November 2, 2016 1:00 PM in 4-201 Center for Science and Technology

Autonomous Unmanned Systems

  • Lecture by Dr. Sasi Prabhakaran Viswanathan. November 4, 2016, 2:15-3:15 p.m. in Life Science Building 001

Brainprinting and Brain Hacking: Ensuring the Security of Next-Generation Psychophysiological Biometrics

  • Lecture by Dr.  Zhanpeng Jin Professor from State University of New York, Binghamton. November 9, 2016 1:00 PM in 4-201 Center for Science and Technology

NSF Grants Conference Read more.

  • Key officials representing each NSF program directorate will participate in this two-day conference. Nov 14-15, Pittsburgh PA

The 2016 national convention in Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management (UTM) hosted by NASA, Syracuse, Nov 8-10 Read more.

  • Want to be part of the next era of aviation? If interested in attending the convention, email Yoanna Ferrara at csengrresearch@syr.edu by Tuesday, Nov 1. A limited number of complimentary student registrations is available on a first come first serve basis. The student fee to attend the three-day event is $25

Awards and Honors


Dr. Fritz Schlereth, EECS, was granted a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for “Sensor for Sensing Substances in an Environment” in September.

Dr. Jian Tang and Dr. Prasanta Ghosh (and their student Chenrui Jin), EECS, won the 2016 Best Vehicular Electronics Paper Award from IEEE Vehicular Technology Society.

Kepei Sun, Dr. Jay K. Lee and Dr. Jennifer W. Graham, EECS, published a paper on IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques “Fields and wave modes analysis of rectangular waveguide filled with uniaxial medium”.

Dr. Cliff Ian Davidson, CIE, is a keynote speaker at the Second International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure, October 17-19, Shenzhen, China. He is also a keynote speaker at the Fifth International Conference on Sustainability Science and Engineering, October 25-28, Suzhou, China

Dr. Philipp Kornreich, EECS, had his article “Information Theory Model for Radiation” published in the Journal of Applied Mathematics and Physics, Vol. 4, Mo. 8 August. He also had “The Contribution of  the Gravitational Propagation Delay to Orbital and Center of Mass Motions” published in the Journal for Modern Physics, 18 October. He will present “Information Theory Model for the Analysis of Symbol Strings” at a meeting on Information Theory in Athens, Greece 16-18 May, 2017.

Dr. Qinru Qiu and her student Zhe Li received the “Most Innovative Student Paper” award on HPEC (High Performance Extreme Computing) conference for their paper “Towards Parallel Implementation of Associative Inference for Cogent Confabulation”, with Mangesh Tamhankar (Intel).

Dr. Shobha Bhatia, Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor, CIE, has been nominated to serve a two year appointment on the prestigious national Committee on Geological and Geotechnical Engineering. This committee reports to the Board of Earth Sciences and Resources of The National Academies of Science – Engineering – Medicine.


A team of four Syracuse University students (including Riley Gourde, a graduate student of MAE) placed in the top 10 in an international design competition for sustainable housing projected for the year 2050. The students will travel to Strasbourg, France on Nov. 23 to present their project to a panel of judges who will determine the first, second and third place teams.

Ryan Milcarek, Ph.D. MAE, (advisor: Dr. Ahn), received the ASME International Gas Turbine Institute’s Student Scholarship, and received the award to attend the 2017 ASHRAE (the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) Winter Conference held in Las Vegas, where he will be presenting the Conference Paper ‘Predicting Envelope and Micro Cogeneration Design Conditions for Future Climates’. Milcarek also won the Best Prototype Award. Ryan won the award from General Electrics 5th Annual Student Research Summit on August 12th .

Matthew Davis, EECS, a doctoral student of Dr. Jay Lee’s, has received the Best Poster Paper Award in the META’16. The title of the paper is “UV Circular Polarization Selection using Aluminum Nano-Spirals”.

Winners at the 16th Annual Syracuse CoE Symposium:

  • 1st Place: Bryan Morris, MAE B.S. : “Design and Testing of a Micro Scroll Compressor”; Faculty advisor: Dr. H. Ezzat Khalifa.
  • 1st Place: Matthew Rushby, MAE M.S.: “Exploring the Performance of Dual-Phase Oxygen Transport Membranes for Carbon Capture Purposes”; Faculty advisor: Dr. Jeongmin Ahn.
  • 1st place: Meng Kong, MAE Ph.D., Syracuse University, “Modeling and Experimental Study of Using Micro-environment Control for Thermal Comfort”; Faculty advisors: Dr. Jianshun Zhang, Dr. Thong Dang and Dr. H. Ezzat Khalifa
  • 2nd Place Ryan Milcarek, MAE Ph.D., “Flame-Assisted Fuel Cells for Combined Heat and Power and Jet Engine Applications”; Faculty advisor: Dr. Jeongmin Ahn.

Reception was held at the Syracuse CoE, and recognized eight MAE graduate students who performed CFD and FEA modeling for local companies under the supervision of Dr. Dang and Dr. Dalir as part of a regional initiative to accelerate innovations in the Central New York industry cluster of “Advanced Manufacturing in Thermal and Environmental Controls (AM-TEC)”, administered through the Syracuse CoE (Dr. Bogucz).

AIAA Student Branch at Syracuse University (faculty advisor: Dr. Dannenhoffer) was recognized for excellent contributions for the past year, AIAA (The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) .

Funding Opportunities

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, Senior Research Awards

  • Nov 1st (Letter of Intent), Jan 14 (submission): to provide established researchers with funds to generate sufficient preliminary data to become competitive for funds from other sources such as the NIH. Proposal must be relevant to Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) or Crohn’s disease and/or ulcerative colitis.

DOD, DARPA Reconfigurable Imaging

  • Nov 10; demonstrate multi-functional imaging sensors that are reconfigurable through software. Proposers will build around a common digital framework that can be customized for specific applications.

Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation, Request for Proposal – New Investigators

  • Dec 1; to fund early stage research that will explore new approaches to advance the current scientific knowledge about desmoid tumors, resulting in the development of new treatment options and bringing us closer to our ultimate goal — a cure. Specifically, this RFP seeks applications from young investigators (at the rank of Associate Professor or below) who are new to desmoid tumor research and need seed funding to gather preliminary data to enable the applicant to apply for funding to support a more fully developed line of research in the future.

Sidney Kimmel Foundation, Kimmel Scholar Award

  • Dec 1; The Kimmel Scholar Award is a two-year, $200,000 award given to promising young cancer researchers.  Of the 15 annual Awards, ten are typically given in the fields of basic cancer research and five for translational science

NIH, Exosomes: From Biogenesis and Secretion to the Early Pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s Disease (R01)

  • Dec 1 (Letter of Intent), Feb 3 (Submission); This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites innovative research focused on understanding the role of exosome biogenesis and secretion in modulating and propagation of early pathogenesis in sporadic and late-onset Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Specifically, this FOA encourages collaborative approaches designed to identify and characterize the regulation of molecular machines that are responsible for exosome biogenesis and the secretion of exosomal cargo molecules in AD.

NIH, R21, BRAIN Initiative: New Concepts and Early-Stage Research for Large-Scale Recording and Modulation in the Nervous System

  • Dec 7; A central goal of the BRAIN Initiative is to understand how electrical and chemical signals code information in neural circuits and give rise to sensations, thoughts, emotions and actions. While currently available technologies can provide some understanding, they may not be sufficient to accomplish this goal.

NIH, R25, BD2K Research Education Curriculum Development:  Data Science Overview for Biomedical Scientists

  • Dec 7; support creative educational activities with a primary focus on Curriculum or Methods Development  in Big Data Science to augment current institutional curricula for the training of predoctoral level biomedical scientists and provide concentrated instruction in the tools, approaches and quantitative analysis concepts in data science. Limited Submission: contact ospoff@syr.edu if you intend to submit.

DOE, Production of Salable Rare Earth Element Materials From Coal and Coal Byproducts, NOI

  • Dec 8; seeking applications for financial assistance awards to achieve small scale production of salable rare earth elements in the form of final products such as individual rare earth oxides and or other individual rare earth compounds from domestic U.S. sources of pre combustion coal and coal by products.This NOI is issued so that interested parties are aware that DOE may issue a FOA on this topic. NO applications will be accepted at this time.

NIH, NIDDK Inflammatory Bowel Disease Genetics Consortium (IBDGC) Genetic Research Centers (GRCs)

  • Dec 14; The purpose of this FOA is to renew the IBDGC to identify risk-conferring and protective variants of causal genes for IBD, and to elucidate the mechanisms by which these variants influence the pathophysiology of IBD.

DOI, WaterSMART: Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program Funding for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017

  • Dec 15; Reclamation works to identify and investigate opportunities to reclaim and reuse wastewater and naturally impaired ground and surface water in the 17 Western States and Hawaii.

NSF, Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience

  • Dec 19; support collaborative activities that will advance the understanding of nervous system structure and function, mechanisms underlying nervous system disorders, and computational strategies used by the nervous system.

NSF, Smart and Autonomous Systems

  • Dec 19; focuses on Intelligent Physical Systems (IPS) that are cognizant, taskable, reflective, ethical, and knowledge-rich. The S&AS program welcomes research on IPS that are aware of their capabilities and limitations, leading to long-term autonomy requiring minimal or no human operator intervention.

DOD, DARPA Modeling Adversarial Activity

  • Dec 22; soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of modeling adversarial activity for the purpose of producing high-confidence indications and warnings of efforts to acquire, fabricate, proliferate, and/or deploy weapons of mass terrorism (WMT).

NIH and NIGMS, Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence

  • LOI Dec 24; Proposal Jan 24, 2017; strengthen biomedical research infrastructure through the establishment of a thematic multi-disciplinary center and to enhance the ability of investigators to compete independently for complementary NIH individual research grants or other external peer-reviewed support.

DoD, SSBN Security Technology

  • Dec 31; proposals focused on the identification of science and physics based signal detection technologies that, individually or as a system, can impact the security of the SSBN and submarines in general.