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Herff Research Awards

November 2022

Dr. Mohd Ali, associate professor in the Department of Electrical Computer Engineering, was awarded $450,000 from the University of Arkansas with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for his project “CTG-22: Zero Trust: Identity & Access Management.”

Dr. Brian Waldron, professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and director of the Center for Applied Earth Science and Engineering Research, was awarded $172,174 from the City of Memphis with the State of Tennessee for his project “CoM Stormwater GIS reintegration.”

Dr. Ranganathan Gopalakrishnan, associate professor and graduate program coordinator in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, was awarded $107,528 from the U.S. Department of Energy for his project “Experiments to validate thermodynamic and transport models of strongly coupled dusty plasma matter.”

Dr. Joel Bumgardner, professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, was awarded $9,202 from Bionova Medical Inc. for his project “Chitosan dressing & NPWT.”

Dr. Mohammadreza Davoodi, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Engineering, was awarded $8,232 from the University of Texas at Arlington with the United States Army Research Laboratory (ARL) for his project “Development of an AI Baseline of Lay Error in Targeting.”

October 2022

Dr. Mohd Ali, associate professor in the Department of Electrical Computer Engineering, was awarded $498,000 from the National Security Agency for his project “Cyber Resilient 5G-Enabled Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure.”

Dr. Stephanie Ivey, associate dean and professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, was awarded $403,331 from the National Science Foundation, for her project “Collaborative Research: The Urban STEM Collaboratory - Building STEM Identity and Student Success through Academic, Financial, Social, and Career Support,” and $85,000 from Battelle for her projects “TSIN - West TN STEM Hub” and “STEM Hub CS.”

Dr. Scott Schoefernacker, associate director of water in the Center for Applied Earth Science and Engineering Research, was awarded $139,717 from the City of Collierville for his project “City of Collierville Wellhead Protection and Support Services,”; $132,200 from the City of Bartlett for his project “City of Bartlett Wellhead Protection and Support Services,”; and $45,000 from the City of Germantown for his project “City of Germantown Wellhead Protection and Support Services.”

Dr. Sabya Mishra, professor of Civil Engineering, awarded $100,000 from Memphis Area Transit Authority and FTA for his project "Accelerating Innovative Mobility - Memphis Area Transit Authority Case Study."

Dr. Claudio Meier, associate professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, was awarded $29,975 from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville with the U.S. Geological Survey for his project “Auto-Depuration Due to Hyporheic Exchange/Filtration under Bars of Headwater Streams in Tennessee.”

Dr. Joel Bumgardner, professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, was awarded $22,898 from Triad Life Sciences, Inc for his project “Biomaterial Characterization.”

September 2022

Dr. Shahram Pezeshk, chair and professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, was awarded $1,000,000 from the Tennessee Department of Transportation for his project “University Technical Assistance Program (UTAP) - University of Memphis.”
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Dr. Brian Waldron, associate professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and Director of the Center for Applied Earth Science and Engineering, was awarded $598,000 from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture for his project “TDA Phase 2.”

Dr. Claudio Meier, associate professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, was awarded $337,975 from the Tennessee Department of Transportation for his project “Stormwater Conveyance from Bridge Decks.”

Dr. Stephanie Ivey, associate dean for research and professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, was awarded $318,455 from Federal Railroad Association for her project “Women in Rail.”

Dr. Daniel Foti, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, was awarded $149,892 from the U.S. Department of Energy for his project “Building partnerships for development of sustainable energy systems with atmospheric measurements.”
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Dr. Mohammed Yeasin, associate professor in the Department of Electrical Computer Engineering, was awarded $43,243 from the Indiana University with the National Institutes of Health for his project “Neural Dynamics Underlying the Emergence of Auditory Categorization and Learning.”

Dr. Madhusudhanan Balasubramanian, associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was awarded $26,552 from Alion Science and Technology with the Department of Homeland Security for his project “Testing & Evaluation Course Instruction and Research in Support of Information Technology Systems.”

Dr. Joel Bumgardner, professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, was awarded $1,500 from Karamedica for his project “Chitosan characterizations.”

August 2022

Dr. Daniel Foti, assistant professor in the department of Mechanical Engineering, was awarded $406,825 from the University of Central Florida with the United States Army Research Laboratory for his project “High energy laser targeting.”

Dr. Kevin Berisso, assistant professor and AutoID Lab director in the department of Engineering Technology, was awarded $255,000 from the GS1 U.S. Incorporated for his project “GS1 U.S. Bar Code Test Lab.”

Dr. Sabyasachee Mishra, associate professor and Faudree professor in the departments of Civil Engineering, was awarded $250,000 from the Tennessee Department of Transportation with the Federal Highway Administration for his project “Strategies for Improved Behavior within Work Zones;” $149,932 from the National Science Foundation for his project “FW-HTF-P: Science of Hazard Identification and Evasion of Laborers and Drivers (SHIELD) for Building Human-Technology Safety Partnerships in Roadside Work Zones;” $99,000 from the Florida Atlantic University with the U.S. Department of Transportation for his project “Modeling household e-commerce delivery rates and assessing their equity and freight travel impacts;” $20,000 from the National Science Foundation for his project “IUCRC Preliminary Proposal Planning Grant The University of Memphis: Center for Electric and Autonomous Transportation in Agile Freight Supply-Chains;” and $20,000 from the National Science Foundation for his project “IUCRC Preliminary Proposal Planning Grant University of Memphis: Center for Autonomous Transportation in Agile Freight Supply-Chains.”

Dr. Michail Gkolias, faculty in the Department of Civil Engineering, was awarded $225,000 from the Tennessee Department of Transportation for his project “Identification of Simulation Calibration Parameters using Urban Freeway Data,” $121,243 from the Florida Atlantic University with the U.S. Department of Transportation for his projects “Data Analytics and Support Tools for Inland Waterways” and “2022 UTC FMRI Admin.”

Dr. Brian Waldron, associate professor in the department of Civil Engineering and director if the Center for Applied Earth Science and Engineering Research, was awarded $181,295 from the Tennessee Department of Transportation with the Federal Highway Administration for his project “TDOT Pollinator Habitat.”

Dr. Mitchell Withers, associate research professor in the Center for Earthquake Research and Information, was awarded $154,194 from the U.S. Geological Survey for his project “Operation of the Mid-America Integrated Seismic Network 2020-2024-CERI.”

Mr. Scott Schoefernacker, associate director of Water in the Center for Applied Earth Science and Engineering Research, was awarded $96,313 from the City of Millington for his project “Millington Wellhead Protection, Education Outreach and Water Quality.”

July 2022

Dr. Brian Waldron, associate professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and Director of the Center for Applied Earth Science and Engineering, was awarded $1,095,798 from Memphis Light, Gas and Water.

Dr. Stephanie Ivey, associate dean for research and professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, was awarded $201,420 from the Tennessee Department of Transportation with the Federal Highway Administration, $20,000 from the U.S. Department of Transportation and $35,000 from Gannett Fleming Inc. with the Panasonic Corporation of North America. 

Dr. Michail Gkolias, faculty in the Department of Civil Engineering, was awarded $150,074 from the Tennessee Department of Transportation with the Federal Highway Administration.

Dr. David Arellano, associate professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, was awarded $149,999 from the Tennessee Department of Transportation with the Federal Highway Administration.

Dr. Jessica Jennings, associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, was awarded $112,729 from the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Shahram Pezeshk, chair and professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, was awarded $80,333 from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Dr. Christodoulos Kyriakopoulos, assistant professor at the Center for Earthquake Research and Information, was awarded $67,930 from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Dr. Chris Cramer, research professor at the Center for Earthquake Research and Information, was awarded $51,327 from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Dr. Carl Herickhoff,  assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, was awarded $30,000 from the American Heart Association.

May 2022

Dr. Thomas Goebel, assistant professor in the Center for Earthquake Research and Information, was awarded $549,995 from the U.S. Department of Energy for his project “Assessing the relative contributions of fluid pressure and elastic stress to induced seismic energy release.”

Dr. Aaryani Sajja, assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, was awarded $50,000 from Northwell Health for her project “The Research Jump-Start Pilot Program.”

Dr. Jeffrey Marchetta, professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, was awarded $50,000 from the Tennessee Technological University and the US Department of Energy for his project “TN 3-Star Industrial Assessment Center.”

Dr. Aaron Robinson, associate professor and graduate studies coordinator in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was awarded $45,000 from the Invariant Corporation in collaboration with the US Department of Defense for his project “Visual Based Navigation.”

Dr. Stephanie Ivey, associate dean for Research and professor in the Herff College of Engineering, was awarded $10,110 from Gannett Fleming Inc in collaboration with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials for her project “TSMO Workforce Summit.”