Two members of the mechanical engineering faculty received awards from The Department of Defense (DOD). Ishan Barman, professor, and Rui Ni, associate professor, will use the grants, given via the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP), to purchase major equipment and develop new research capabilities relevant to the DOD.
Barman’s project, “Brillouin Microscopy for Multiscale Biophysical Investigations,” and Ni’s project, “HFLIVE: High Frequency LIDAR Velocity Measurements for Underwater Environments,” were among the 281 awards granted that total $161 million.
DURIP is a strategic investment through which the DOD champions the country’s scientific ecosystem. The program is administered through a merit competition by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Army Research Office, and Office of Naval Research, and seeks specific proposals from university investigators conducting foundational science and engineering research relevant to national defense.