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University of Texas engineers receive $3.2 million in National Science Foundation CAREER awards
Date:2/17/2009

that run on devices that are only intermittently connected. The middleware can help mobile software react to frequent configuration changes in the software's environment that occur as devices move and communication capabilities change.

Kirisits' work will focus on the inadvertent adverse effects that engineered nanomaterials may have on microorganisms, with a special focus on bacteria in engineered water systems, biofilm bacteria and beneficial bacteria versus pathogens.

"Results from this research will provide a fundamental understanding of the unintentional role that nanomaterials play in shaping the microbial communities of engineered processes, including those associated with drinking water, wastewater and water reuse perhaps demonstrating that the presence of nanomaterials changes the balance among benign, beneficial and pathogenic microorganisms in these systems," Kirisits said.

Kwasinski's research will focus on how to improve electric power supply reliability and resiliency by using direct current microgrids local, self-contained and relatively small electric grids that distribute power using direct current versus the conventional way of using alternating current. His analysis will focus on studying the reliability behavior during hurricanes and earthquakes, when vulnerabilities and interdependencies are manifested more clearly.

"The study will use past and future data from hurricanes and earthquakes in order to estimate in a direct current microgrid its failure probability and duration," Kwasinski said.

Suggs' work involves developing new systems for culturing pluripotent stem cells that have the potential to repair and regenerate tissue in the human heart following an acute event, such as a heart attack. Pluripotent stem cells can give rise to any type of cell in the body except those needed to develop a fetus. To reach the stem cells' potential, the culture of these cell types must move from small-scale labor
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Contact: Daniel J. Vargas
daniel.vargas2@engr.utexas.edu
512-471-7541
University of Texas at Austin
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