January 2013


Letter from the Dean

New Research

New Programs







Jaydev P. DesaiUniversity of Maryland Robotics Center researchers S.K. Gupta (ME/ISR) and Hugh Bruck (ME) and their students have developed a new robotic bird, "Robo Raven," whose wings flap independently of each other, and also can be programmed to perform any desired motion, enabling the bird to perform impressive aerobatic maneuvers. This marks the first time a robotic bird with these capabilities has been built and successfully flown. Learn more and see Robo Raven in action.

The University of Maryland is part of three research teams that have been awarded Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) grants by the Department of Defense. Clark School Professors Thomas Antonsen, Ichiro Takeuchi, and P. S. Krishnaprasad are engaged in the three MURI projects. A highly competitive program, MURI grants support research by teams of individuals, primarily at academic institutions, whose work spans multiple traditional science and engineering disciplines.

SimonClark School Associate Professor Jonathan Simon (ECE/Biology), alum Nai Ding (Ph.D., ECE, 2012), and their research colleagues in New York learned more about how humans zero in on and pay attention to just one talker in a noisy environment, known as the "cocktail party effect," by using data recorded directly from the brain's surface.

A study by Benjamin Shapiro (BioE/ISR) and Edo Waks (ECE/IREAP), published in Nature Communications, describes a novel technique for nanoscale imaging far below the diffraction limit by using a particle that is much smaller than the wavelength of light as an optical probe. In addition to its technical superiority, the new nanoscale manipulation system is far less expensive than near-field scanning optical microscopy.

Research assistant Zheng Jia (ME), Associate Professor Teng Li (ME), Assistance Professor John Cumings (MSE), research assistant Khim Karki (MSE), and Professor Gary W. Rubloff (MSE), and their colleagues in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry have designed a tiny silicon structure, in the form of beads of silicon on a carbon nanotube, for batteries that can last through more charging cycles.

Professor Edo Waks (ECE/IREAP), assistant research scientist Hyochul Kim (ECE/IREAP) and researchers at the Joint Quantum Institute are working to harness the quantum nature of light and semiconductors to expand the capabilities of computers in remarkable ways.           

OhadiA University of Maryland research team led by Professor Michael Ohadi has won a $2.1 million contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop "embedded cooling" technology for compound semiconductor microchips and high power electronic systems.

Fischell Department of Bioengineering (BioE) graduate student Jessica Terrell spent two months at the Centre for Integrative Biology at the University of Trento, Italy, building artificial cells composed of a lipid bilayer and the cellular machinery required to transcribe and translate genes into functional proteins.

The University of Maryland's Center for Environmental Energy Engineering (CEEE) was awarded $1.5 million as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) efforts to help homeowners and businesses save money by saving energy. The research team is comprised of CEEE students, and Dr. Vikrant Aute and Professor Yunho Hwang.

A technique developed by Clark School researchers Chunsheng Wang (ChBE) and Michael Zachariah (ME) for creating a durable tin-carbon nanocomposite battery anode was published in Nano Letters and highlighted in Chemical and Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly news magazine of the American Chemical Society (ACS). The new anode material, which is capable of storing two and a half times the energy graphite anodes can, is designed for use in fast-charging, high energy capacity batteries.

MarshallThe National Science Foundation (NSF) highlighted Fire Protection Engineering faculty member Andre W. Marshall's research in fire suppression systems on its Science, Engineering & Education Innovation website. Marshall's research, which is funded by an NSF grant, is focused on measuring discharge characteristics from fire sprinklers to support the development of models used to predict the formation and dispersion of sprays from sprinklers.

Clark School Professor John Cumings (MSE) was featured by the Department of Energy Office of Science as a "Story of Discovery and Innovation." Cumings’ research addresses the issue of heating in electronic devices, known as resistive or Joule heating.



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