A Week in Review: 4/13/14 – 4/19/14

April 18, 2014

President Honors Defense Department Scientists
Twenty scientists and engineers funded by the Defense Department were part of a group honored by President Barack Obama at the White House on April 14.
A total of 102 scientists and engineers received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers, according to a White House news release.
http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=122088

April 15, 2014

711 HPW Engineer Wins IEEE Award for Achievement in Bio-Engineering
Lt. Col. David Sonntag of the 711th Human Performance Wing, U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine has been awarded the 2014 Fritz J. Russ Award for Achievement in Bioengineering by the Dayton chapter of the Institute of Electronic and Electronics Engineers.
http://www.wpafb.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123407361

April 14, 2014

DOD to Award $167 Million in Research Funding
The Department of Defense (DOD) today announced plans to issue 24 awards totaling $167 million over the next five years to academic institutions to perform multidisciplinary basic research. The Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) program supports research conducted by teams of investigators that intersect more than one traditional science and engineering discipline in order to accelerate research progress.
http://www.defense.gov/Releases/Release.aspx?ReleaseID=16641

A Week in Review: 1/5/14 – 1/11/14

January 7, 2014

New, Simple Technique May Drive Down Biofuel Production Costs
Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a simple, effective and relatively inexpensive technique for removing lignin from the plant material used to make biofuels, which may drive down the cost of biofuel production.
http://news.ncsu.edu/releases/wms-achinivu-2014/

With Laser-Doping, Silicon Responds to IR Light
New IR imaging systems could be possible now that a new method has demonstrated that silicon is more responsive to IR light when laser-doped with one of its most dangerous impurities: gold.
http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=55668

January 8, 2014

Engineers make world’s fastest organic transistor, heralding
Teams from Stanford and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln collaborate to make thin, transparent semiconductors that could become the foundation for cheap, high-performance displays.
http://engineering.stanford.edu/news/engineers-make-world%E2%80%99s-fastest-organic-transistor-heralding-new-generation-see-through-electron

Two faculty receive Presidential Early Career Awards
Greg Fuchs, assistant professor of applied and engineering physics, and Noah Snavely, assistant professor of computer science, are among 102 winners this year of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on early career scientists and engineers.
http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/2014/01/two-faculty-receive-presidential-early-career-awards

A Week in Review: 12/22/13 – 12/28/13

December 26, 2013

Laser scientist receives presidential award
Dr. Greg Pitz from the Air Force Research Laboratory New Mexico was honored by President Obama with a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.
http://blog.krqe.com/2013/12/26/laser-scientist-receives-presidential-award/

December 28, 2013

Pentagon seeks to build a disappearing battery
The battery, which DARPA calls SPECTRE for Stressed Pillar-Engineered CMOS Technology Readied for Evanescence, is intended to be transformed to a commercial semiconductor maker to turn into a reliable power supply for DARPA customers. Once used, the battery would then self-destruct to avoid falling into the wrong hands.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/nation/2013/12/27/vanishing-silicon-air-battery-darpa/4222327/

December 30, 2013

Improved Technologies for Communications, Imaging & Sensor Systems
A government and industry team led by engineers from the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate (AFRL/RX) completed a program to assess, improve, refine, and validate a domestic source of supply for X-Band Gallium Nitride (GaN) Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuits (MMICs).
http://science.dodlive.mil/2013/12/30/improved-technologies-for-communication-imaging-sensor-systems/