MSU faculty receive inaugural Advancing Collaborative Research funding awards

Contact: James Carskadon

STARKVILLE, Mississippi—Four faculty-led projects at Mississippi State University are receiving funding to advance high-potential collaborative research under a new program administered by MSU’s Office of Research and Economic Development.

The Advancing Collaborative Research Program, launched by ORED this year, encourages interdisciplinary collaboration while fostering high-impact activities and positioning faculty to compete for significant external funding. In the first round of financing, ORED is supporting selected projects over two years with a total of almost 200,000 US dollars.

The four funded proposals include:

  • “Estimating the strength and pollination efficiency of beehives using a machine learning approach” by Priyadarshini Chakrabarti Basu, assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology, along with co-principal researcher Volkan Senyurek and collaborator Sathish Samiappan, both assistant professors at the Institute for Geosystems Research . The aim of the project is to create an automated solution to monitor the feeding patterns of honey bee colonies.
  • “Data Science-Driven Cyber-Physical Systems” by principal investigator Tony Luczak, assistant research professor at NSPARC, along with co-principal investigators Long Tian, ​​postdoctoral fellow at the National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center; Sudip Mittal, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering; and John Lamberth and Chih Chia Chen, both associate professors in the Department of Kinesiology. The project is establishing a smart tech working group to advance smart devices, wearable technologies and embedded sensors and use data science to boost human performance.
  • “Acoustic-assisted atomic force microscopy to map the mechanical properties of bio- and nanomaterials under the surface,” by principal investigator Kun Wang, assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and co-principal investigator Zhenhua Tian, ​​assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Virginia Tech, and Yongfeng Zhao, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry, Physics and Atmospheric Sciences at Jackson State University. The project aims to advance materials research at MSU and across the state, and to impact the way materials are designed and optimized for applications in biology, optoelectronics, energy conversion, and sustainability.
  • “Comprehensive Evaluation of Hydroxyapatite Coatings to Enhance Degradation Properties of Additively Produced Porous Magnesium Implants” by Principal Investigator Lauren Priddy, Associate Professor at the Department of Agricultural and Bioengineering; Co-Principal Investigator Matthew Priddy, Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Co-Principal Investigator Michael Jaffe, Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine. The aim of the research is to accelerate the customization of mechanically robust, biodegradable orthopedic implants.
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“I am excited about the potential impact of these projects on faculty members, the university and the communities we serve,” said Julie Jordan, MSU vice president for research and economic development. “Interdisciplinary teams can create very powerful research opportunities, and this new seed funding initiative aims to support that work and help advance ideas with tremendous potential. I can’t wait to see the results of these projects.”

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