June 7, 2016 at 11:27 am

Ingram Part of Innovation Team Funded for Sustainable Food, Energy and Water Systems Project

Ohio University’s Innovation Strategy program has provided $50,000 in a seed grant to help a team of Ohio University faculty on a project named ELECTROFEW: Innovation Alliance for Sustainable Food, Energy and Water Systems.

This project will establish an alliance to advance sustainable electrochemical processes for Food, Energy and Water Systems, ELECTROFEW. The initiative will holistically address strains on these systems due to population growth and climate change.

The team is Gerardine Botte (PI), Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department in  Russ College of Engineering and Technology; Jason Trembly, Mechanical Engineering Department in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology; Dr. David Ingram, Professor and Chair of Physics & Astronomy Department in the College of Arts & Sciences; and Luke Pittaway, Management Department in the College of Business.

About Ohio University’s Innovation Strategy

The program is designed to incentivize novel, interdisciplinary collaborations in the areas of teaching and learning, research and scholarship, creative activity, and the operational functions of the university.

In the last year, the Innovation Strategy has awarded $4.5 million to 16 teams of faculty and staff for such initiatives. In June, Ohio University’s Innovation Strategy program provided $350,000 in seed grants to help seven teams of faculty and staff advance new initiatives. The seed grants have been awarded to help teams develop ideas further and to make them competitive for larger Innovation Strategy awards, other internal funding or external funding.

“Funding from the Innovation Strategy enables Ohio University faculty and staff to develop and launch creative initiatives that address major challenges,” said Joseph Shields, vice president for research and creative activity and dean of the Graduate College.  “Projects chosen for seed funding were identified in the review process as having significant promise, with the potential to benefit from investment that enables further development.”

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