Brown, URI, UMass scientists get grants

YIFEI LI, center, an assistant engineering professor at UMass Dartmouth and winner of a DURIP grant, with two colleagues at the school’s RF/Photonics Lab.
Posted 3/29/10

PROVIDENCE – Four local university scientists are among 166 nationwide who will share $38.7 million in U.S. Defense Department grants to buy research equipment, officials said Friday.

Although the individual grant amounts were not disclosed, awards from the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) range from $50,000 to $930,000.

The local scientists who received grants were:

  • Sigal Gottlieb of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, for a heterogeneous terascale computing cluster for the development of graphics processing, unit-optimized, high-order numerical methods;

  • Jan Hesthaven of Brown University, for hybrid computing for the development of novel algorithms for stochastic simulations;

  • Yifei Li, also of UMass Dartmouth, for an instrument for radio frequency/photonics testing;

  • James Miller of the University of Rhode Island, for seafloor shear measurement using interface waves.

DURIP is aimed at helping researchers buy scientific equipment that costs more than $50,000 which can be used to conduct defense-related research on surface chemistry and physics, scientific computing and networks, electronics and electro-optics, neuroscience, fluid dynamics and propulsion, and ocean science and engineering.

The grants, which went to researchers at 96 institutions, were awarded on a competitive basis by the Army Research Office, the Office of Naval Research and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. The Defense Department received more than 840 proposals seeking a total of $267 million in grants.

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