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Five Engineering faculty win URSA grants

Five faculty members from the School of Engineering & Applied Science have won University Research Strategic Alliance (URSA) grants from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.

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URSA grants provide one-year, $25,000 seed funding to full-time faculty members. The program is designed to foster collaborations across disciplines, departments and schools. Interdisciplinary teams must work collaboratively to approach a research question in a novel way that cannot be accomplished by either discipline alone. In addition to such research efforts' inherent intellectual value, the hope is the seed funds will enable new research applications that can compete for outside support.

Winners from Engineering are:

ShiNung Ching, assistant professor of electrical & systems engineering, with Terrance Kummer, MD, PhD, assistant professor of neurology in the School of Medicine;

Arye Nehorai, professor and chair of the Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering, with Catalina Freixas, assistant professor of architecture at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts;

Amit Pathak, assistant professor of mechanical engineering & materials science, with Gregory Longmore, MD, professor of medicine and of cell biology and physiology at the School of Medicine;

Barani Raman, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, and Parag Banerjee, assistant professor of mechanical engineering & materials science.