John Kemeny, professor of mining and geological engineering, has been awarded a grant to advance his study, "Transnational and Transdisciplinarity Research: Imaging in Mining Geomechanics."
Kemeny and his team will be working with scientists at the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur to address problems of engineered structures in rock and soil.
The grant is one of seven awarded for the first time as part of the new International Research and Academic Program Development program, co-sponsored by the office of Research, Discovery and Innovation and the Office of Global Initiatives. The IRAPD awarded the grants with the goal of empowering faculty while providing a global benefit, and the proposals chosen have a high probability for success, strong international partners, and a vision for future sustainability.
"IRPD grants assist faculty in advancing existing international partnerships -- coalescing research and academic partnerships into comprehensive programs that begin to address some of the world's most pressing challenges," said Randy Burd, associate vice president of global research alliances. "Given the timing of the first funding round, the 2017 winners are clustered in the research track. In the next round, we look forward to receiving proposals that will build cross-cultural, cutting-edge academic programs for the future."