Engineering Researchers Secure $41.4 Million in 2008-2009 External Funding

Monday, August 3, 2009

College of Engineering faculty researchers played a role in securing $41.4 million of new external funding to the University of Iowa during 2008-2009.  This includes $26.4 million awarded to principal investigators and another $15 million in which Engineering researchers were involved as co-investigators.

Overall, despite the historic flood, which displaced and interrupted many research programs last summer, University of Iowa faculty generated impressive growth in extramural support in fiscal year 2009. Total external funding achieved yet another all-time record of $429.5 million, which represents an impressive 10.3 percent increase over 2008 and continues a trend that has seen consistent increases over the past 23 years.

Six Engineering principal investigators were recognized for being awarded $1 million or more during the past fiscal year. They are Jon Kuhl, Electrical and Computer Engineering, $4,154,500; John Lee, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, $2,101,380; Jerry Schnoor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, $1,535,727; Fred Stern, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, $1,513,194; Tom Schnell, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, $1,112,069; and Greg Carmichael, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, $1,007,924.

In addition, several Engineering principal investigators were cited for productivity in key research areas. They are:

-- American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA): C. Allan Guymon, Donald E. Bentley Faculty Fellow of Engineering and professor of chemical and biochemical engineering, $277,527; 09/01/2009-08/31/2012; “Reaction Directed Polymer Nanostructures through Self-Assembly and Photopolymerization,” US National Science Foundation.
-- Sustainability Research: Charles Stanier, assistant professor of chemical and biochemical engineering, $439,598; 02/01/2009-01/31/2011 (total grant award $893,453); “Applying Data Assimilation and Adjoint Sensitivity to Epidemiological and Policy Studies of Airborne Particulate Matter,” US Environmental Protection Agency.
-- Sustainability Research, Interdisciplinary Project Involving Faculty from 5 Departments and 3 Colleges: Gregory Carmichael, Karl Kammermeyer Professor of Chemical & Biochemical Engineering.

For the university, the total for fiscal 2009, the 12-month period ending June 30, 2009, exceeded one-third of a billion dollars for the eighteenth consecutive year. Since 1967, when overall records were first kept, the university has attracted $6.7 billion in total external support. This outstanding productivity continues to place The University of Iowa among the nation's elite public research universities and is especially significant in the face of challenging economic conditions in Iowa and the serious impact of the flood of 2008.

According to the most recent National Science Foundation survey (2007), the UI is ranked 20th 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.

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