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Grant From The National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation awarded $1,922,980 to Rowan University’s Civil and Environmental Engineering department to expand engineering opportunities for all students and transform engineering diversity. Diversity as defined in the proposal is also expanded beyond the fundamental definition of diversity to include both visible and invisible aspects of diversity. The award, the  largest grant ever awarded by the National Science Foundation to a Rowan University professor, will include curricular and extra-curricular reform and is targeted at the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department at Rowan University. The proposed research is to explore how the representation of women and Underrepresented Minority.

(URM) students and historically underserved groups will be increased in an engineering department by deploying a multi-pronged approach titled Rethinking Engineering Diversity, Transforming Engineering Diversity (REDTED). Some of the measurable objectives outlined in the study are to grow representation of women and ethnic/racial minorities (visible URMs), while at the same time also increasing inclusion of all historically underserved groups. In addition, the department faculty will also achieve inclusiveness through curriculum design, teaching and learning, and department systems and processes. The study will also look at ways to improve retention of traditional admits and transfer students.


Research Implementation Award from the New Jersey Department of Transportation

Dr. Sukumaran, along with Drs. Lim and Ramachandran were awarded the Research Implementation Award from the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) for their project titled “Laser Scanning Aggregates for Real Time Property Identification”. The award would not have been possible without the hard work of the two graduate students, Bless Ann Varghese and Andrew Branin as well as several undergraduate students. The research project resulted in the development of a portable, laser induced breakdown spectroscopy tool for the analysis of aggregate mineralogy. It is well known that the strength of concrete and asphalt is provided by the aggregate stone within it, and as such maintaining a high quality aggregate of a suitable mineralogy is important for ensuring durability of the constructed facilities. The equipment developed can be mounted in the back of a pickup truck and can be used onsite. The research has resulted in a product that will generate millions in cost savings because of the short turn around required to analyze the mineralogy of aggregates. It will result in significant societal benefits by reducing the rapid deterioration of roadways due to poor quality aggregates being used.