Physics Professor Ramon Lopez has received more than $500,000 from NASA to study the role of solar wind fluctuations in solar wind-geospace coupling. The grant is sponsored by NASA’s Heliophysics Supporting Research Program, which selected 30 of 221 proposals submitted.
Electrical engineering Professor Weidong Zhou has been awarded $600,000 to make ultraviolet laser detection more available in the field. The funding is part of a three-year, $4.3 million Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency grant. Dr. Zhou will develop low-cost, compact ultraviolet lasers to detect very small amounts of chemical and biological agents.
Biology Assistant Professor Matthew Fujita is principal investigator for a $670,797 National Science Foundation grant to study and identify the processes that have generated high species diversity in West and Central Africa. He also hopes to discover new reptiles and amphibians in one of the most biologically diverse regions on Earth.
Civil engineering Professor Xinbao Yu is lead investigator on a 17-month, $193,000 grant from the Texas Department of Transportation to determine the feasibility of using geothermal energy to melt ice and snow from Texas roads. Civil engineering Professor Anand Puppala will work with Dr. Yu.