SP1.10: Achieving Excellence in Smart-Energy and Health Sciences Research
The Smart Energy Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence was established in 2013 to advance smart energy-related research and scholarship in which Binghamton University has significant existing strength and can achieve international prominence. The University's Road Map Initiative provided funding to leverage the campus' infrastructure and expertise with the goal of seeking and receiving a national research center designation in this broad area. The TAE established a Collaboration Grants Program with these funds, issued Requests for Proposals and awarded three grants for projects under way December 2013-July 2014. Projects will be mentored by the TAE and success will be measured by an increase in sponsored program activity. A second RFP is under development for 2014-15.
Goals advanced under this project are:
- Become a Nationally Recognized University for Outstanding Doctoral Education
- Increase Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities Profile to that of a Premier Public University
- Enrich Collaborative Culture for Research, Scholarship and Creative Production
- Increase the Transformational Impact of the University’s Research, Scholarship, Creative Activities and Doctoral Education on Society
Indicators of success for these goals are:
- Quantity of Faculty Publications: Books, Journals, Presentations, Performances,
- Number of Doctoral Students on Funded Projects, including Private Foundation awards to students (Research Foundation and Binghamton University Foundation)
- Sponsored Program Expenditures (federal and non-federal) (RF and BUF)
- External Faculty Awards and Appointments of Distinction
- Number of Faculty Awards with Two or More PIs.
- Self Reported Collaborative Publications and External Collaborations (TBA –Faculty Annual Reports)
- Royalty Revenue
- Measure of University’s Impact of University’s Research, Scholarship, Creative Activities and Doctoral Education on Society (Further discussion is required by the University community to arrive at measurable impacts)
Milestones completed since last progress report:
- The new $70M Smart Energy Research and Development Facility groundbreaking is scheduled for August 27 with construction beginning this fall.
- The NorthEast Center for Chemical Energy Storage (NECCES) has been awarded $12.8M and designation as a DoE Energy Frontier Research Center.
- The Developmental Exposure Alcohol Research Center has received a $8.4M renewal from the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism for research to understand the functional and neural effects of alcohol exposure throughout brain development.
- Three Smart Energy Seed Grants have been completed: Development of Ultrahigh Capacity Lithium-Ion Battery Anode Material; Laser-Sintered Nanoparticle-Printed Flexible Energy Storage Devices; and Tuning Exciton Dynamics in Organic Nanowire-Based Solar Cells; and three new seed grants have been awarded: Self-Sustaining Power Generation from a Bio-Solar Panel; A Novel Statistical-Analytic Cloud Approach to Autonomous, Real-Time Threat Detection in Modern SmartGrid Networks; and Energy Harvesting from Mechanical Vibrations Using Nonlinear Resonators for Wireless Sensor Networks.
- Three Health Sciences Seed Grants have been completed: New Strategy to Prevent Neoronal Glutamate Excitotoxicity; Eating for 100 Trillion: Gut Microbiome, Food Additives and Metabolic Disorders; and A Novel Mobile Human-Computer Interaction Approach Based on Wearable Eye-Controlled Glasses for Assisted Living and Health Care.
Last Updated: 9/11/14