New Awards May 2019

We are pleased to share the success of SJSU's Principal Investigators in being awarded the following grants and contracts during the month of May 2019:



PI: Kacey Beddoes

Dean’s Office, College of Engineering
“Collaborative Research: Research: Advancing Engineering Education Through Peer Review Analysis”
Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Data collection, data analysis, dissemination and education efforts relating to the project objective of identifying research normativities and values shaping the emerging field of engineering education research through the peer review processes.

PI: Kimberly Blisniuk

Geology, College of Science
“Quantifying the Geologic and Geodetic Distribution and Transfer of Slip Rate on the Southern San Andreas Fault”
Sponsor: USGS Earthquake Hazards Program, U.S. Department of Interior

Elucidation of the most recent kinematic evolution and modern state of strain transfer of the SSAF system between the northern Coachella Valley and ECSZ. The proposed work will shed light on where and how Pacific-North America plate boundary strain is accumulating and transferring in the present day in this complex region.

PI: Elaine Collins

Dean’s Office, College of Science
"SJSU MESA Schools Program (MSP) Academic Year 2019-2020"
Sponsor: Regents of the University of California

PI: Michael J. Kaufman

Dean’s Office, College of Science
“An upGREAT Map in M20”
Sponsor: SOFIA Science Center–University Space Research Association at NASA Ames Research Center

Support for work on the observations of emission from a Young Star Forming Region. Students will learn to install and use GILDAS software to build spectral maps of the M20 observations in order to extract position-by-position line intensities for comparison with state-of-the-art PDR models.

PI: Michael J. Kaufman

Physics & Astronomy, College of Science
“Using the Astronomical Infrared Bands as Calibrated Probes of Astrophysical Conditions with the NASA Ames PAH IR”
Sponsor: NASA

Researcher will model and calibrate the PAH indicators between, and within, a variety of objects, probing different types of astrophysical environments.

PI: Sean Laraway; Co-PI: Audra Ruthruff

Psychology, College of Social Sciences
“Human Systems Integration: Collaborative Human Factors Research to Improve Safety, Efficiency, and Reliability of NASA's Aeronautics and Space Missions”
Sponsor: NASA

 Supplemental funding for the cooperative agreement between the Human Systems Integration Research Area at NASA Ames Research Center and the Department of Psychology at San José State University.

PI: Tina Panontin

Dean's Office, College of Engineering
Systems Engineering Subject Matter Expertise/Research
Sponsor: Metis Flight Research Associates

Provide consulting on investigation and solution of complex engineering problems; provide subject matter expertise with high visibility, high-level project engineering/management; provide research support towards developing materials concerning risk detection and investigation; provide expertise in guidance for trade-offs and decision-making.

PI: David Schuster

Psychology, College of Social Sciences
“CAREER: Understanding the Cognitive Processes of Computer Network Defense”
Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Supplemental funding for an existing research project. The research objective is to identify cognitive outcomes associated with successful threat response in computer network defense (CND) and leverage those outcomes to improve training for cyber security professionals. The role of cyber security professionals, individuals responsible for ensuring the ongoing security of their organization’s network, has developed as a specialized subset within information technology careers.

PI: Marco A. Sigala; Co-PI: Wes Heim

Moss Landing Marine Labs, College of Science
“San Francisco Estuary Regional Monitoring Program for Water Quality in San Francisco Bay”
Sponsor: San Francisco Estuary Institute

Researchers will conduct the Fish Contamination Monitoring element of the Regional Monitoring Program in order to produce information needed to update human health advisories and conduct human health risk assessments. They will measure contaminant levels in fish species over time to track trends and evaluate the effectiveness of management efforts, and will evaluate spatial patterns in contaminant accumulation among fishing locations in the San Francisco Bay.

PI: Susan Snycerski

Psychology, College of Social Sciences
“Advanced Rotorcraft Research: Adaptive Autonomy, Future Lift Systems, and Human-Centered Display Design”
Sponsor: NASA

Supplemental funding for the cooperative agreement between groups in the U.S. Army Aviation Development Directorate at NASA Ames Research Center and the Department of Psychology at San José State University.

PI: Nicholas Welschmeyer

Moss Landing Marine Labs, College of Science
“DNV GL Kurita Ballast Project”
Sponsor: California Maritime Academy

Support for the Golden Bear Research Center scientific capabilities and for completion of an assessment and evaluation report on the Kurita Ballast Water Management System.

PI: Hiu Yung Wong

Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering
“Radiation Hardness Projection and Optimization of sub-J0nm Technology Node SRAM through Design-Technology-Co-Optimization (DTCO)”
Sponsor: Department of Defense

Projection and optimization of radiation hardness in sub-10nm technology SRAM will be studied using Technology Computer Aided Design (TCAD) and Design Technology Co-Optimization (DTCO).