Michigan Tech Research Paper Places Tops in the World

Michigan Tech Research Paper Places Tops in the World
December 10, 2010/Michigan Tech News

By Jennifer Donovan

Robbins Chair Professor Craig Friedrich co-authored prizewinning research paper.

At the Michigan Technological University Board of Control’s regular meeting on December 10, 2010, Chair Marty Richardson announced that work by a Michigan Tech professor, two alumni and a member of the Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics External Advisory Board has been recognized with the prestigious Paul A. Siple Award for the best paper presented at the biennial Army Science Conference.

The Siple Award is the highest honor the Army can bestow for research. It is given to recognize the accomplishments of Army scientists and engineers. The Army Science Conference is a world-class science and engineering competition involving researchers from 25 countries.

The paper is titled Nanoscale Bioelectronics for Real-Time Target Sensing.  It describes the integration of biological materials with electronics to create a sensor that could be up to three times more optically sensitive than current technology.

Lead author on the prizewinning paper was Tech alumnus Mark Griep, who earned a PhD in mechanical engineering in 2008. Griep now works at the Army Research Laboratory at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland.  The paper was based on research he did at Tech for his PhD and during summer research for the Army.

Griep’s advisor, Craig Friedrich, is a co-author. Friedrich is Robbins Chair Professor in Sustainable Design and Manufacturing as well as associate chair and director of graduate studies for the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics.

Other co-authors on the paper include Shashi Karna, a member of Michigan Tech’s Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics External Advisory Board and a senior scientist at the Army Research Laboratory, and Eric Winder, who earned a PhD in biological sciences at Michigan Tech in 2010 and is now a postdoctoral fellow at the Pacific Northwest Laboratory near Seattle.  Winder’s advisors were Friedrich and retired Professor John Adler.

‘It was impressive when this paper placed top in the nanotechnology division, making it one of the 18 best papers presented at this international conference, but it went on to win the highest possible award,” said Richardson. “Our major competition was institutions such as MIT, Cal Tech, the University of Michigan, Georgia Tech, Harvard and Princeton.  This certainly demonstrates that high quality of Michigan Tech education and research is being recognized at the highest levels.”