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September 8, 2004
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August R&D Funding Tops $1 Million At South Dakota Tech
South Dakota Tech researchers and professors received more than $1 million in research and development funding during August 2004. The awards will fund research into space exploration, strong and longer-lasting bridges and advanced materials and will create a nanotechnology research center.
South Dakota Tech, an engineering and science university in Rapid City, boasts a solid research program. The August awards represent an increase of more than $462,000 over August 2003. So far in the 2005 fiscal year that began in July, Tech researchers received more than $1.9 million in sponsored research and development funding, a $1 million increase over last year.
“This increase in research funding reflects the efforts of many individuals at South Dakota Tech,” university President Dr. Charles Ruch said. “I think it also indicates an increased awareness of the important work done by our researchers.”
Tech is home to several research institutions and centers, and plans are underway to expand the number of graduate degrees and to enhance the technology-transfer process.
The August awards:
Dr. Jon Kellar, chair, Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, received $585,000 from the South Dakota 2010 Initiative to create the Center for Accelerated Applications at the Nanoscale, a new research center on campus.
Dr. Chris Jenkins, professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, received $60,000 from NASA to develop instrumentation for solar sails for space exploration.
Dr. Venkataswamy Ramakrishnan, distinguished professor emeritus, and Dr. Anil Patnaik, assistant professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, received $22,000 from the South Dakota Department of Transportation to study the performance of two new types of concrete that are being used to build five bridges in Rapid City and Sioux Falls. Ramakrishnan developed the new types of concrete.
Dr. Kerri Vierling, associate professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, received $5,000 from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department to study the reproduction of black-backed and Lewis’s woodpeckers following fire and salvage logging operations in the Black Hills.
Dr. Edward Duke, manager of analytical services, Engineering and Mining Experiment Station, and professor, Department of Geology and Geological Engineering, received $156,000 from NASA to create fellowships for Tech students interested in participating in NASA-related research projects.
Dr. Sookie Bang, professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, and Dr. Venkataswamy Ramakrishnan, distinguished professor emeritus, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, received $7,947 from the National Science Foundation to continue their research into the use of microbes to seal cracks in concrete.
Dr. Jan Puszynski, Dean, College of Materials Science and Engineering, and Dr. Jacek Swiatkiewicz, instructor and research scientist II, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, received $110,000 from the National Science Foundation to continue their research into the creation of nanocomposite materials.
Dr. Karen Whitehead, vice president for Academic Affairs, received $5,130 from the South Dakota Board of Regents to continue a teacher training program. Whitehead also received $147,016 from the South Dakota Department of Education to create summer math institutes for teachers.
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