Successful Grants and Contracts Awarded Since August 2007:
1. (PI) “Engaging Military Veterans to Increase STEM Enrollment and Degrees Awarded”, 20140658: funded by the Office of Naval Research. This project targets veterans of the U.S. armed forces and will increase their retention and graduation rates by providing programmatic experiences and support to better engage them in their mechanical engineering undergraduate education. These elements will combine to produce mechanical engineering graduates who are interested in and prepared for Naval STEM-related jobs, October 2014 through September 2017 with Professors Tolley, Lim, Uddin, and Keanini for $600,000 (awarded).
2. (Co-PI) Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), “Operating FLEX engines on other than ULS fuel” June 2016 – December 2016, $130,285 (awarded), with Dr. Uddin.
3. (PI) Michelin Research (MARC), “Research on Aerodynamic Devices for Over-the-Road Trucks” January 2016 – March 2017, $138,062 (awarded), no Co-PI.
4. (PI) “Measurement of Human Blood Pressure Using an Innovative Ultrasonic Sensor” 16-0124 Carolinas Medical Center Proposal “John Marx Foundation Grant” (awarded).
5. (Co-PI) Media Flow and Media-Workpiece Interactions in Vibrational Finishing: The focus is on the measurement of media flow during the vibratory polishing process. Funded through Faculty Research Grant (FRG) with Prof Mullany (awarded).
6. (PI) “Increasing Enrollment and Retention in the College of Engineering Using a Multi-Disciplinary Motorsports Theme”, 20090148: funded by the National Science Foundation. This work provides a two pronged approach by attracting the best and brightest high school seniors and engaging them thoroughly in their freshmen year, May 2009 through May 31 2012 with Professors Warren, Kim, and Pugalee for $1,089,606 (awarded). A follow up program (Mod 4) continues this work for $283,983 (awarded) with Professors Warren, Lim (new), and Pugalee (also new), June 1 2012 through May 31 2013. A follow up program (Mod 5) continues this work for $291,264 (awarded) with Professors Tolley (new), and Lim, June 1 2013 through May 31 2014.
7. (PI) Michelin Research (MARC), “Tire camber control of heavy over the road trucks” May 2014 – May 2014, $62,000 (awarded), no Co-PI, Followup (Mod 2), (awarded) August 2014 – July 2015, no Co-PI, Followup (Mod-3), (awarded) August 2015 – July 2016, no Co-PI, Followup (Mod-4), (awarded), August 2016 – July 2017, no Co-PI, Followup (Mod-5), January – June 2017, Followup (Mod-6), (pending), June – July 2017.
8. (PI) CRI, “Development of a Doppler Blood Pressure Probe Data Library” The recording of blood vessel flow using an 8MHz ultrasonic Doppler device and identifying key components. Work to date has been done on a CMC-UNC Charlotte Collaborative Agreement Grant with David Pearson, MD and Jeffrey Kline, MD (awarded).
9. (PI) “PIV flow measurement of the Penske Technologies Group (Penske Racing) rolling road wind tunnel” Motorsports and Automotive Testing Services (MATS) recharge unit (awarded and completed).
10. (Co-PI) “A Novel Experiment for High Reynolds Number Flow Past Tandem Cylinder Configurations” With Drs. Ramaprabhu and Uddin from the Charlotte Research Institute (CRI) for (awarded).
11. (PI) “Doppler Blood Pressure Probe” 2012015 Carolinas Medical Center Proposal (awarded).
12. (PI) “The Science of NASCAR” Will be teaching a course to select community wide K-12 school teachers through a program call the Charlotte Teachers Institute (CTI), in the Spring and Fall of 2012. Funded release time (awarded).
13. (PI) “Hydrokinetic Energy System” 20110660 Coastal Studies Institute NSF Proposal – With Dr’s. Uddin, Keanini, Evans, and Sleiti (awarded).
14. (PI) High Speed Video Research Facility: This proposal is to provide a powerful High Speed Video tool, funded by the NC General Assembly. It is for faculty research and to improve the curriculum for students in North Carolina for $49,000 (awarded and completed).
15. (PI) CRI, Design, fabrication, and testing of a Hydro Power Generation System facility at UNC Charlotte (awarded and completed).
16. (Co-PI) Water Tunnel Test Facility: The focus has been on the design and construction of the new water tunnel. This is the fifth largest in the nation with respect to flow rate. The primary research topics are the efficiency advantages of schooling in biomorphic swimming shapes (robot fishes), the correlation and validation information with computational models, and several race car studies. It will also provide a tremendous undergraduate research experience. Initially funded through Faculty Research Grant (FRG) with Prof Kelly (awarded and completed). Second source of funding through competitive proposal at June 2008 “One Time Funding” of $50,000, (and completed).
17. (PI) 20080363 Vehicle Restraint System Engineering Analysis: The focus of the effort has been on the restraint of motorsports vehicles in the new $80 million Wind Shear wind tunnel. Wind Shear has requested services and provided funding on three separate programs. Initial funding of Race Car Restraint System analysis , (completed). A second research project (Mod 1) was for a vibratory modal analysis (frequency analysis) of the restraints (completed). A third project (Mod 2) included a collection of wind tunnel instrumentation studies during the acceptance (and completed).
18. (Co-PI) Phase III: Reducing Fleet Operations Costs: The focus of this effort is on the improvement of fuel efficiency in city vehicles and the reduction of maintenance costs, 20070029 To the City of Charlotte, with Prof. Cuttino for $75,238, (and completed).A second research project (Mod 1) was for an additional $28,752, (completed).
19. (PI) CRI, Tire Test Facility Proposal Study to evaluate the feasibility of constructing a cutting edge tire testing facility at UNC Charlotte (and completed).
20. Tire Cornering Force and Moment (F&M) test machine, the Moyeau Quinz (M-15) donated from Michelin Research, Greenville SC.
21. 100 KW Steam Turbine, two gearboxes, and two 100 KW electric generators donated from Powerhouse Mechanical, Charlotte, NC.