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Professors Receive $1.5 Million Grant for Research Efforts

Brian Ancell, Hamed Rad-Mohsenian and Siva Vanapalli earned awards from the National Science Foundation.

Written by Melanie Hess

Rad-Mohsenian, Ancell and Vanapalli were honored by the National Science Foundation for their exemplary teaching and research efforts.

Rad-Mohsenian, Ancell and Vanapalli were honored by the National Science Foundation for their exemplary teaching and research efforts.

Texas Tech Professors Brian Ancell, Hamed Rad-Mohsenian and Siva Vanapalli were awarded the five-year 2012 National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award and grant sums totaling nearly $1.5 million for their research and career development plans.

CAREER awards are the most prestigious awards available for junior faculty. The grant program recognizes and supports the early career development of faculty exhibiting exemplary teaching and scholarship through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of both within the context of their organization’s mission.

Ancell, assistant professor of atmospheric science, titled his work “Quantifying Inadvertent Weather Modification and Education through Museum Programs.”  His project will focus on examining the effects human activities such as urban development, agricultural practices, and wind/solar power development have on high-impact weather events on a variety of scales and includes collaboration with the Museum of Texas Tech University. Ancell was awarded $721,883.

Vanapalli, assistant professor of chemical engineering, proposed research focusing on the fundamental understanding of the traffic and parking of tiny water drops in networks of microchannels that will ultimately yield inexpensive miniaturized devices for rapid screening applications in medicine, biology and materials science. His proposal is titled “Collective Hydrodynamics of Confined Drops in Microfluidic Parking Networks." Vanpalli received $400,000 toward his research.

Rad-Mohsenian, assistant professor of electrical engineering, will investigate the application of dynamic game theory to demand-side power consumption management through his project “Self-Organizing Demand Side Management for Smart Grid: A Dynamic Game-Theoretic Framework.” He also received $400,000.

Bob Smith, Texas Tech provost and senior vice president, said NSF Career Awards are among the most competitive grants in the United States. 

“Having three recipients at Texas Tech in one year is quite a testimony to the excellence of the representative faculty members and the climate that is evolving here at Tech for the highest quality research,” Smith said.

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