Our current NSF Track-1 (INSPIRE-ND; #1355466) has helped support two centers that tie to our state’s strong agricultural focus and build statewide capacity in research:
- Center for Regional Climate Studies (CRCS) has resulted in innovative weather, hydrology, and economic models that are available to agriculture and other related industries. In their recent annual report, there have been 112 peer-reviewed articles, 61 submitted research proposals (with $8.25M awarded to expand research efforts), and the creation of a stakeholders’ advisory group to provide valuable input for the research and outreach efforts, and
- Center for Sustainable Materials Science (CSMS) has developed innovations in using ND commodities, such as wheat, corn, soybeans, etc., in creating biobased materials, coatings, and polymers, several of which are now under review for potential commercialization. Their research work has resulted in 103 peer-reviewed articles, 88 research proposals (with $3.5M awarded to further their research), and three awarded patents. To further the research efforts, the Track-1 investment also provided four new faculty hires that are expanding these critical discoveries.
Through this research, 16 junior researchers have received support through workshops, seed funding, and faculty start-up funding, helping to build statewide research capacity and STEM competitiveness for added federal funding at the following institutions:
- three Primarily Undergraduate Institutions: Dickinson State University (DSU), Mayville State University (Mayville), and Valley City State University (VCSU);
- one Master's College/University: Minot State University (Minot)
- five Tribal Colleges/Universities: Candeska Cikana Community College (CCCC), Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College (NHSC), Sitting Bull College (SBC), Turtle Mountain Community College (TMCC), and United Tribes Technical College (UTTC); and
- two Research Universities: North Dakota State University (NDSU) and the University of North Dakota (UND).
View the previous solicitations for faculty, or look at the various awards below, which outline some of the opportunities provided to faculty:
Advanced Undergraduate Research Award (AURA) provides upper-division undergraduate students from UND with an opportunity to participate in faculty-mentored research projects during the summer, fall semester, or spring semester. The goal of AURA is to encourage undergraduate students to consider a research career in Science, Engineering, or Mathematics.
|Year, Name||Department||AURA Advisor|
|Ifrah Ifrah||Basic Sciences||Archana Dhasarathy|
|Lane Kashur||Physics||Wayne Barkhouse|
|Elijah Mathews||Physics||Timothy Young|
|Jenna Puttkammer||Chemistry||Qianli Chu|
|Lucas Stanley||Mechanical Engineering||Cai Xia Yang|
|Joseph Aymond||Electrical Engineering||Naima Kaabouch|
|Nathan Carlson||Physics and Astrophysics||Wayne Barkhouse|
|Jessica Fairley||Basic Sciences||Lucia Carvelli|
|Jeffrey Gendreau||Electrical Engineering||Reza Fazel-Rezai|
|Jasmine Kreft||Chemistry||Alena Kubátová|
|Tristan Plante||Mechanical Engineering||Cai Xia Yang|
|Alexandra Ptacek||Biology||Brian Darby|
During 2016/2017, in an effort to respond to a recommendation made by the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Reverse Site Visit panel in March 2016 to increase collaborative research efforts between North Dakota's two RII-Track-1 research centers, ND EPSCoR made the following six Emerging Areas Seed awards. To ensure collaboration, prior to being funded, each seed award proposal was reviewed by the Leads and Co-Leads of ND EPSCoR's two RII Centers (regional climate studies and sustainable materials science). Status reports on these six awards were given to NSF's Site Visit panel in August 2017.
1. Ali Alshami (UND), Khwaja Hossain (Mayville) and Sima Noghanian (UND)
Bio-Based Dielectric Substrate Based On Sunflower Seed Shells For Radio Frequency Antenna ($40,000)
- CRCS Objective and Anticipated Outcome: the proposed project targets measuring environmental parameters (agri-material moisture content and atmospheric humidity) using new antennas and wireless sensors that built on bio-based dielectric substrate. The sensor can be used along this objective of CRCS.
- CSMS Objective and Anticipated Outcome: this project aims at developing a dielectric substrate material from sunflower seed shells, a waste by-product of the edible oil industry, in a low cost method and evaluate its durability and efficiency in various environmental conditions.
- CRCS/CSMS Anticipated Output: the project output will be a functional sensor and external publication.
2. Dilpreet Bajwa (NDSU) and Kerry Hartman (NHSC)
A Sustainable Approach for Improving Performance Characteristics of Biobased Poly (lactic acid)
Polymer via Incorporating Functionalized Cellulose Nanocrystals ($25,000)
- CRCS Objective and Anticipated Outcome: the project explores the possible impact of using biobased and sustainable feedstocks on the climate changes. Results of the project will determine how the use of biobased cellulosic materials can help to reduce the use synthetic polymers which are tied to greenhouse gases that impact the climate.
- CSMS Objective and Anticipated Outcome: the project determines how the use of nano-sized cellulosic materials can improve the performance characteristics of biobased polymers. The resultant biobased composite materials are expected to be environmentally friendly, biodegradable, safe and strong. The information gained from this project will also help to design strategies that enable nano-sized material to uniformly blend with biopolymers and expand the product portfolio of sustainable materials.
- CRCS/CSMS Anticipated Output: the project output will be a conference presentation, peer reviewed publication or an external grant proposal.
3. Surojit Gupta (UND), Khwaja Hossain (Mayville) and Yun Ji (UND)
Collaborative Sustainable Materials Research Program in the University of North Dakota ($40,190)
- CRCS Objective and Anticipated Outcome: identify crop biomass yield using the data from CRCS researchers and select end use crop(s) in North Dakota for fundamental Materials Research.
- CSMS Objective and Anticipated Outcome: this project aims to create a “green design paradigm (GDP)” for a sustainable manufacturing initiative in North Dakota; and, in particular, to explore methods for synthesizing novel precursors and composites from selected crop feeds in ND.
- CRCS/CSMS Anticipated Output: the project output will be: fabrication and design of fibers and composites; peer review papers, presentations, and other derivatives; and proposals.
4. Eakalak Khan (NDSU) and Andre DeLorme (VCSU)
Fate of Biobased Materials in Aquatic Environments: Impact on Physical, Chemical, and Biological
Characteristics of Receiving Waters ($25,000)
- CRCS Objective and Anticipated Outcome: the project explores possible impact of climate changes on the quality of feedstocks and in turn the characteristics of biobased materials. Results of the project will determine whether there is a linkage between climate variations and fate of biobased materials in surface waters.
- CSMS Objective and Anticipated Outcome: the project determines the fate of biobased materials in surface waters focusing on potential impact such as solubility, toxicity, and harmful product precursors. Knowledge gained from the project will expand on the benefits of biobased materials or will unveil their environmental drawbacks.
- CRCS/CSMS Anticipated Output: the project output will be a peer reviewed publication or an external grant proposal.
5. Long Jiang (NDSU) and Mafany Mongoh (SBC)
Novel Energy/Resource-Efficient Building Material Derived from Rapidly Renewable Materials ($25,000)
- CRCS Objective and Anticipated Outcome: this project links climate change induced variations in crop availability and suitability to the production of an agricultural residual based building material. Results of the project will determine the suitable crop(s) whose residuals can be utilized for the production of the material under changing climate.
- CSMS Objective and Anticipated Outcome: this project develops novel energy- and resource-efficient building materials using agricultural residuals as the feedstock via an environmentally friendly production method. The knowledge and products gained from this project will produce a new concept/prototype of building materials, expand the use of agricultural residuals, and reduce energy consumptions of buildings.
- CRCS and CSMS Output: the project output will be peer reviewed publications, an intellectual property and external grant proposals.
6. Feng Xiao (UND), Eric Brevik (DSU) and Khwaja Hossain (Mayville)
Development of A Novel Porous Carbonaceous Material Enhanced for Control of Nitrous Oxide
Emissions from Agricultural Soils ($39,988)
- CRCS Objective and Anticipated Outcome: 1) study the effects of biomass char and the porosity modified OSA on the emission of the greenhouse gas (N2O) from soil, and 2) investigate the effects of water moisture and soil humic matter on the adsorption of N2O on char and OSA.
- CSMS Objective and Anticipated Outcome: 1) develop an innovative carbonaceous material (OSA) from biomass with superior N2O adsorption capacity, and 2) identify the specific porosities for which effective adsorption takes place.
- CRCS/CSMS Anticipated Output: the project output will be a new material, peer reviewed publications, external grant proposals.
|Year, Name||Institution||Department||EPSCoR Research Center|
|Joshua Steffan||Dickinson State University||Natural Sciences||Center for Regional Climate Studies|
|Eric Brevik||Dickinson State University||Natural Sciences||Center for Regional Climate Studies|
|Paul Barnhart||Dickinson State University||Natural Sciences||Center for Regional Climate Studies|
|Khwaja Hossain||Mayville State University||Biology||Center for Sustainable Materials Science|
|Mikhail Bobylev||Minot State University||Science - Chemistry||Center for Sustainable Materials Science|
|Andre DeLorme||Valley City State University||Science||Center for Regional Climate Studies|
|Casey Williams||Valley City State University||Science||Center for Regional Climate Studies|
ND EPSCoR provided faculty and students from the North Dakota University System the opportunity to request funding for select projects, such as equipment purchases.
|Eric Brevik||Natural Sciences||Dickinson State Univeristy|
|Tristan Darland||Biology||University of North Dakota|
|Ned Dochtermann||Biological Sciences||North Dakota State University|
|Abby Gold||Public Health||North Dakota State University|
|Ademola Hammed||Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering||North Dakota State University|
|Christopher Heth||Chemistry||Minot State University|
|Michael Kjelland||Division of Science and Mathematics||Mayville State University|
|Bethany Klemetsrud||Chemical Engineering||Univeristy of North Dakota|
|Ganapathy Mahalingam||Architecture and Landscape Architecture||North Dakota State University|
|Joshua Steffan||Natural Sciences||Dickinson State University|
|Dongmei Wang||Geology and Geological Engineering||University of North Dakota|
|Ravi Kiran Yellavajjala||Civil & Environmental Engineering||North Dakota State University- Collaborative with|
Gedafa Daba, UND
Alexa Axure, UTTC
Austin Allard, TMCC
ND EPSCoR provided faculty and students from the North Dakota University System the opportunity to request funding for selected projects such as external review of planned proposals.
|Mafany Ndiva Mongoh||Environmental Science||Sitting Bull College|
ND EPSCoR provided faculty and students from the North Dakota University System the opportunity to request funding for select projects such as collecting preliminary data.
|Fardad Azarmi||Mechanical Engineering||NDSU|
|Samiran Banerjee||Microbiological Sciences||NDSU|
|Philip Boudjouk||Chemistry and Biochemistry||NDSU|
|Amanda Brooks||Pharmaceutical Science||NDSU|
|Rahul Gomes||Math & Computer Science||Minot|
|Khwaja Hossain||Science and Mathematics||Mayville|
|Trung Le||Civil & Environmental Engineering||NDSU|
|Glenda Lindseth||College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines||UND|
|Nuri Oncel||Physics and Astrophysics||UND|
|Jiajia Rao||Plant Sciences||NDSU|
|Sayeed Sajal||Math & Computer Science||Minot|
|Umamaheswara Rao Tida||Electrical and Computer Engineering||NDSU|
|Gursimran Walia||Computer Science||NDSU|
|Huojun Yang||Construction Mgmt and Engineering||NDSU|
New Faculty Start-Up awards are available to department chairs and deans on a competitive basis so that attractive start-up packages may be offered to prospective faculty during the hiring process. New Faculty Start-Up Awards are usually for two years.
|First year of award|
Institution - Department
|Laura Aldrich-Wolfe||NDSU - Biological Sciences|
|Dante Battocchi||NDSU - Coatings and Polymeric Materials|
|Meysam Haghshenas||UND - Mechanical Engineering|
|Minou Rabiei||UND - Petroleum Engineering|
|Sathish Venkatachalem||NDSU - Pharmaceutical Sciences|
|Ali Alshami||UND - Chemical Engineering|
|Jill Hamilton||NDSU - Biological Sciences|
|I-Hsuan Ho||UND - Geology and Geological Engineering|
|Brad Lindseth||UND - Electrical Engineering|
|Taufique Mahmood||UND - Geology and Geological Engineering|
|Stephan Nordeng||UND - Geology and Geological Engineering|
|Chrysafis Vogiatzis||NDSU - Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering|
|Zhongyu Yang||NDSU - Chemistry and Biochemistry|
|Jason Boulanger||UND - Biology|
|Dong Cao||NDSU - Electrical and Computer Engineering|
|Nilanjan Ray Chaudhuri||NDSU - Electrical and Computer Engineering|
|Yongki Choi||NDSU - Phsyics|
|Manu||UND - Biology|
|Cai Xia Yang||UND - Mechanical Engineering|
|Pablo de Leon||UND - Space Studies|
|Na Gong||NDSU - Electrical and Computer Engineering|
|Timothy Greives||NDSU - Biological Sciences|
|Britt Heidinger||NDSU - Biological Sciences|
|Leah Irish||NDSU - Psychology|
|Aaron Kennedy||UND - Atmospheric Sciences|
|Zhibin Lin||NDSU - Civil and Environmental Engineering|
|Jessica Striker||NDSU - Mathematics|
|John Wilkinson||NDSU - Chemistry and Biochemistry|
|Peter Bergholz||NDSU - Veterinary and Microbiological Sciences|
(Microbiological Sciences as of 2016)
|Tristan Darland||UND - Biology|
|Stephanie Day||NDSU - Geosciences|
|NDSU - Biological Sciences|
UND - Civil Engineering
UND - Petroleum Engineering
UND - Anatomy
|Individuals Awarded||Institution - Department||Project||Supporting Company|
|Bio-Based Dielectric Substrate Based On Sunflower Seed|
Shells For Radio Frequency Antenna. This Translational
Seed funding moves forward this research project conducted under ND EPSCoR's Emerging Areas Seed award
|Feasibility Analysis of Bio-Based Monomers for Latex Paint and Coating Industry.||MPD Chemical|
Civil and Environmental Engineering
|An Innovative Bio-based Self-Healing Concrete for Sustainable Constructions||Boral Construction Services, Inc.|
The Women in Science and Education (WISE) Award is a research challenge award given to female faculty post third-year review. It includes supplemental competitive funding for upgraded labs and equipment, a mentoring program, and graduate and post-doctoral researchers.
The Advance Focus on Resources for Women's Advancement, Recruitment/Retention, and Development (FORWARD) Leap Award is given to female faculty in STEM fields. The award is a bridging grant and is intended to increase the retention and advancement of NDSU faculty - two goals of the FORWARD Initiative.
|Year, Name ||Institution - Department ||Award|
|Susan Ellis Felege||UND - Biology||WISE|
|Catherine Brissette||UND - Biomedical Sciences||WISE|
|Alena Kubátová||UND - Chemistry||WISE|
|Rebecca Simmons||UND - Biology||WISE|
|Ying Huang||NDSU - Civil and Environmental Engineering||Advance FORWARD Leap|
|Svetlana Kilina||NDSU - Chemistry and Biochemistry||Advance FORWARD Leap|