Twelve research projects — including four led by faculty from the Texas A&M University College of Science — have been chosen for funding as part of The Texas A&M University System National Laboratories Office’s multi-element program to increase engagement between researchers from the A&M System and the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).
Researchers could apply for funding in two different categories: developmental fellowships and research projects.
Developmental fellowships are designed to formally initiate a research project between A&M System faculty and LANL researchers who have already identified a mutual interest. This is a one-year proposal submitted annually each fall.
Research projects are designed for A&M System researchers who have mature ties with LANL collaborators and have identified research topics suitable for a joint effort and joint funding from the A&M System and LANL. These are up to four-year awards, and proposals are accepted annually each fall.
The following funded proposals were selected after undergoing a review process that involved numerous technical experts from the A&M System and LANL.
- “Modeling and Discrete Optimization Algorithms for Robust Complex Networks,” Swaroop Darbha, J. Mike Walker ’66 Department of Mechanical Engineering; and Harsha Nagarajan, LANL
- “Design of Novel Thermo-Mechanical Processing Approaches Using Inverse Optimization for Light-Weighting,” Ibrahim Karaman, Amine Benzerga and Alan Needleman, Department of Materials Science and Engineering; and Ricardo Lebensohn, LANL
- “Los Alamos A&M Dark-Matter and Neutrino Alliance,” Rupak Mahapatra, Department of Physics and Astronomy; and Richard Van de Water, Steven Elliott, William Louis and Rajan Gupta, LANL
- “Key-Value Storage Systems for HPC,” Narasimha Reddy, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; and Brad Settlemyer and Gary Grider, LANL
- “Advanced Reactor Structural Materials Under Extreme Radiation Conditions,” Lin Shao and Frank Garner, Department of Nuclear Engineering; and Stuart A. Maloy, LANL
- “Production of Radioisotopes (At-211 + Tb-149) for Cancer Therapy,” Sherry Yennello, Lauren (Heilborn) McIntosh and Evgeny Tereshatov, Cyclotron Institute; and Jonathan D. Burns, Nuclear Education and Science Center; Eva Birnbaum, Michael Fassbender, Etienne Vermeulen and Stosh Kozimor, LANL
- “Quantitative Mesoscale Modeling of High Burn-Up Structure (HBS) Formation and Evolution in UO2,” Karim Ahmed, Department of Nuclear Engineering (PI) and Anders David Ragnar Andersson, LANL
- “Study Of Dilute Gas Bose_Einstein Condensates,” Carlos Bertulani, Texas A&M University-Commerce Department of Physics and Astronomy (PI) and Eddy Timmermans, LANL
- “Scalable Gaussian-Process Methods for the Analysis of Computer Experiments,” Matthias Katzfuss, Department of Statistics (PI) and Earl Lawrence, LANL
- “Correlating f-block Covalency with Magnetic Exchange in Actinide-Lanthanide Heterometallics: Towards Highly Anisotropic 5f-4f Spin Systems,” Michael Nippe, Department of Chemistry (PI) and Stosh Kozimor, LANL
- “Characterizing Components from the Directed Energy Deposition (DED) Additive Manufacturing Process for New Materials,” Sarah Wolff, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (PI) and Don Brown, Samantha Lawrence and Adam Wachtor, LANL
- “Characterizing, Understanding and Predicting the Deformation Mechanisms of Metallic Systems,” Yu Xuan (Kelvin) Xie, Department of Materials Science and Engineering (PI) and Arul Kumar Mariyappan, LANL
Learn more about the Texas A&M System National Laboratories Office and related opportunities, including the Los Alamos National Lab Collaborative Research Program.
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This article originally appeared on the Texas A&M System National Laboratories Office website.