Eight Engineering Faculty Top $1+ Million in Research Awards for 2008

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

University of Iowa News Release

University of Iowa faculty, together with staff and students, generated an all-time record $386.2 million in grants and contracts for UI research, education and service during fiscal 2008, a 2.2 percent increase from 2007. 

College of Engineering faculty, staff, and students generated $25.5 million, 6.6 percent of the total for the UI.

"This impressive continuing level of success in extramural research funding, especially in the face of growing competition and shrinking funding nationally, is a tribute to the quality of faculty, staff and students at our university," said Jordan Cohen, interim vice president for research.

"Even more extraordinary than the magnitude of our collective funding is the breadth of excellence that is continuously demonstrated here in research, scholarship and creative activities. Our faculty are recognized nationally as leaders in the arts, healthcare, humanities and the basic and applied sciences, and increasingly contribute to the quality of life for Iowans through their research, teaching, outreach and economic development activities," he said.

The eight Engineering faculty recognized for being awarded $1 million or more in fiscal 2008 represent 10% of all UI faculty who achieved the same success.  The eight also represent 10% of all Engineering faculty.

They are:

  • Karim Abdel-Malek, professor of biomedical engineering and director of the Center for Computer-Aided Design ($3.057 million)
  • John Lee, professor of mechanical and industrial engineering and director of human factors research at the Center for Computer-Aided Deisign ($2.765 million)
  • Witold Krajewski, professor of civil and environmental engineering and faculty research engineer at IIHR--Hydroscience & Engineering ($2.050 million)
  • Fred Stern, professor of mechanical and industrial engineering and faculty research engineer at IIHR ($1.740 million)
  • Tim Brown, research and development project leader, Center for Computer-Aided Design ($1.708 million)
  • Tom Schnell, associate professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, director of project development and researcher at the Center for Computer-Aided Design, and director of the Operator Performance Laboratory ($1.468 million)
  • Larry Weber, professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of IIHR ($1.323 million)
  • Greg Carmichael, Karl Kammermeyer Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering and co-director of the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research ($1.128 million).

In addition, three Engineering faculty researchers were singled out for specific research projects during fiscal 2008.  For flood research at the UI, Larry Weber was recognized for "Integration of National Research Initiatives at the Lucille A. Carver Mississippi Riveside Environmental Research Station," $900,000 from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust; and Witold Krajewski was recognized for "Acquisition of Mobile Facilty for Providing High-resolution Input to Hydrologic Observatories," $1.360 million from the National Science Foundation.  John Lee was highlighted  for "Advanced Vehicle-based Countermeasures for Alcohol-related Crashes, $2.5 million from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The total for fiscal 2008 at The University of Iowa, the 12-month period ending June 30, 2008, exceeded one-third of a billion dollars for the seventh consecutive year and also marked the 22nd consecutive year in which the UI has attracted more than $100 million in external support. Since 1967, when overall records were first kept, the university has attracted $6.3 billion in total external support.

According to the most recent National Science Foundation survey (2006), the UI is ranked 18th among public universities in terms of federally financed expenditures for research and development. In the National Institutes of Health (NIH) 2005 report, the UI ranks 13th in NIH awards among all public universities.

UI President Sally Mason said, "Day in and day out, our faculty, staff, and students demonstrate their deep commitments to the discovery of knowledge through their accomplishments and their dedication to the public good. This new record-setting year in grants and contracts shows how remarkable that commitment is and how determined we are to continuously challenge ourselves to greater and greater success. I am proud of and thankful for the talent and effort that everyone has shared with the university, the state, and the nation to make this milestone possible."

Derek H. Willard, special assistant to the president for governmental relations and associate vice president for research, noted that while the federal investment in the National Science Foundation had increased, research funding available to researchers through the NIH had actually decreased in inflation-adjusted dollars over the past five years. "In such a difficult funding environment, the achievement is even more remarkable. We especially thank the leadership of the Iowa delegation for supporting federally funded research as a major driving force of the nation's economic growth and well-being, he said."