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2014 News in Brief



CEE seed funding fosters new multidisciplinary approaches

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Professors Dennis McLaughlin and Saurabh Amin won MITCEE cross-disciplinary seed funding. They’re studying environment resource management strategies, for things like common pool aquifer pumping for crop irrigation. Photo / USDA Natural Resources Conservation ServiceTwo projects demonstrating the exciting opportunities that arise by combining the diverse research interests of faculty in CEE have been selected to receive inaugural CEE cross-disciplinary seed funding. The program provides a one-year graduate student fellowship for each project selected, and encourages faculty and graduate students to take new approaches to solving grand challenges in energy, environment, and sustainable materials, infrastructure and cities. The winning teams and projects are Professor Dennis McLaughlin and Professor Saurabh Amin for “Decentralized and Adaptive Environment Resource Management Strategies” and Professor Benjamin Kocar and Professor Martin Polz for “Deciphering Coupled Biogeochemical-Physical Processes Responsible for Methane Emission and Consumption within Structured Soils and Sediments.” Read a news release.