chemical oceanographer, conducting research that may lead to new
discoveries around the use of methane hydrates as a potential energy
source. Dr. Lapham is working to determine how much methane is
entrained as a hydrate, how stable these reservoirs are and how to
harvest these deposits for fuel. The primary focus of her research is
the development of instrumentation to regularly measure methane that
has dissolved in sediments around the hydrates over time, which will
allow researchers to better understand the role of hydrates in an
abrupt climate change situation.
-- Dr. Sridevi Vedula Sarma -- Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
Cambridge, Massachusetts -- computational neuroscientist, using
technology to improve the deep brain stimulation (DBS) technique to
treat Parkinson's disease. Dr. Sarma is employing engineering
principles to automate the post-operative calibration process of DBS.
Creating such an automated system would relieve patients of frequent
physician visits, significantly cut medical costs and allow
neurologists to treat more DBS patients. Concurrently, Dr. Sarma is
developing a new dynamic feedback stimulation paradigm that will allow
for low-powered DBS signals to be administered, eliminating the need
for frequent battery replacement surgeries for patients.
-- Dr. Sandra Ugrina -- University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland --
aerospace engineer, developing innovative techniques that help to
improve the aerodynamic efficiency of materials and reduce fuel
consumption. Dr. Ugrina studies active flow control, which involves the
application of techniques to improve fluid quality control over an
aerodynamic surface, such as an airplane wing. She is working to design
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