Four proFs get re­search chal­lenge grants

Austin American-Statesman - - LOCAL BRIEFING -

Four UT re­searchers have re­ceived awards to fo­cus on ma­jor chal­lenges in­volv­ing en­ergy, global warm­ing and dis­ease.

The Mon­crief Grand Chal­lenge Fac­ulty Awards, un­der­writ­ten by oil­man and phi­lan­thropist W.A. “Tex” Mon­crief Jr. of Fort Worth, give re­cip­i­ents up to $75,000 a se­mes­ter to cover their salaries and other ex­penses so they can take time off from teach­ing to work at UT’s In­sti­tute for Com­pu­ta­tional and En­gi­neer­ing Sci­ence.

The re­searchers and their projects:

Graeme Henkel­man, as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor in the Depart­ment of Chem­istry and Bio­chem­istry, on com­pu­ta­tional de­sign of ma­te­ri­als for en­ergy con­ver­sion and stor­age.

Rui Huang, as­so­ci­ate pro­fes­sor in the Depart­ment of Aero­space En­gi­neer­ing and En­gi­neer­ing Me­chan­ics, on com­pu­ta­tional ap­proaches to ad­vanc­ing ma­te­rial in­tegrity and en­durance for elec­tri­cal en­ergy stor­age.

Gre­gory Rodin, pro­fes­sor in the aero­space depart­ment, on mod­el­ing and sim­u­la­tion of car­bon diox­ide se­ques­tra­tion.

In­der­jit Dhillon, pro­fes­sor in the Depart­ment of Com­puter Sci­ences, on dis­ease mod­el­ing via large-scale net­work anal­y­sis.

Graeme Henkel­man

In­der­jit Dhillon

Gre­gory Rodin

Rui Huang

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