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August 3, 2004
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July R&D Funding Tops $860,000 At South Dakota Tech
South Dakota Tech researchers and professors received more than $860,000 in research and development funding during July 2004. The awards will fund research into advanced materials, create a women’s mentoring program, continue developing a biochemical engineering program and investigate causes of water pollution in Black Hills streams.
South Dakota Tech, an engineering and science university in Rapid City, boasts a solid research program. In the 2004 fiscal year, South Dakota Tech researchers received more than $11.9 million in sponsored research and development funding. Since 2001, South Dakota Tech has received nearly $60 million in Congressional appropriations for research and development, including $15.2 million in the 2005 Defense spending bill.
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 July awards:
Dr. William Cross, instructor and research scientist III, and Dr. Jon Kellar, professor and chair, Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering; Dr. Chris Jenkins, professor and chair, and Dr. Umesh Korde, associate professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, received $400,000 from the National Science Foundation for the project, “Acquisition of Instrumentation for Advanced Materials Characterization.��
Dr. Kerri Vierling, associate professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Dr. Andrea Surovek, assistant professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Dr. Jennifer Karlin, assistant professor, Industrial Engineering Program, received $200,000 in additional funding from the National Science Foundation for the project, “CAREER: A Keystone Species Approach to Determining Post-fire Successional Influence on Cavity user Communities in the Black Hills, South Dakota.�� The funding will be used to create a women’s mentoring program at South Dakota Tech.
Dr. Patrick Gilcrease, assistant professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, received $110,000 from the Great Plains Education Foundation, Inc. for the project, “Development of the Biochemical Engineering Laboratory at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.”
Dr. Sherry Farwell, adjunct research scientist IV, received $97,402 from United States Department of Defense for the project, “Develop a Cryogenic Focusing System.”
Dr. Charles Kliche, professor, and Dr. Zbigniew Hladysz, professor, Mining Engineering and Management Program, received $54,487 from the United States Department of Labor – Mine Safety and Health Administration for the project, “Mine Health and Safety Training.”
Dr. Alvis Lisenbee, professor, Department of Geology and Geological Engineering, received $4,479 from the West Dakota Water Development District for the project, “Determination of Historic Ground Water Pollution Problems, Spring Creek, Rapid Creek and Box Elder Creek Drainages.”
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