UM wins more than $3M in science research grants

Melissa Nann Burke
Detroit News Washington Bureau

The University of Michigan has won funding from the National Science Foundation for three research projects, including $2.4 million for an engineering project to develop a high-performance instrument to enhance predictive modeling in disciplines such as cosmology, climate science and cardiovascular-flow modeling.

The three-year project by UM engineering assistant professor Karthikeyan Duraisamy will develop a super-computing product called ConFlux, designed to permit large-scale, data-driven modeling of multiscale physical systems, according to the foundation.

An award of $358,245 went to mechanical engineering assistant professor C. David Remy for a project investigating how to automate the process of “tuning” battery- and motor-powered lower-limb prostheses for individual users.

A third grant of $300,000 was awarded to engineering professor Nicholas Kotov, whose project intends to layer a type of nanofiber recently discovered at the university to produce and test safer, longer-lasting high-performance batteries.

“Today’s grant awards will go a long way to improve the quality of life for people who use prosthetics in the future, develop possibly new battery technologies and advance computing,” Rep. Debbie Dingell said in a statement announcing the grants.

The National Science Foundation funds roughly 24 percent of all federally supported basic research at U.S. universities and colleges.

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