NSF, Lucent Technologies Award Grants To Foster Industrial Ecology

October 09, 1997

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and The Lucent Technologies Foundation have awarded 18 grants to researchers across the nation to advance the emerging field of industrial ecology and to encourage businesses to integrate pollution prevention practices into their day-to-day operations.

The NSF/Lucent Technologies Industrial Ecology Research Fellowships are each worth up to $50,000 per year for two years. They will support an individual or group of researchers focusing on research or teaching to help industry design processes that prevent pollution and create environmentally friendly products.

Industrial ecology provides a systematic approach to achieve complete pollution prevention by eliminating the root causes.

"A key goal of the fellowships is educating the next generation of environmental scientists and engineers by helping them and their teachers to carry out fundamental environmental research," said Janie Fouke, who directs NSF's Division of Bioengineering and Environmental Systems. "Our hope is that these awards will bring together researchers from many fields to collaborate on solutions to common environmental concerns. We are especially interested in seeing researchers develop innovations that offer incentives -- such as greater efficiency and cost savings -- that will motivate industry to adopt more ecological processes."

This year's awards mark the first partnership between NSF and The Lucent Technologies Foundation. The awards carry on the industrial ecology fellowship program begun five years ago by AT&T Foundation and continued by Lucent.

"Many industries are incorporating the techniques of industrial ecology into their environmental planning as a result of regulations, public opinion and, in many cases, cost savings," said Robert A. Laudise, adjunct director of chemical research at Bell Labs, the research and development arm of Lucent Technologies.

"However," Laudise added, "we need more basic research in many areas: to develop environmentally benign processes and products, assess life cycles, develop design tools, model environmental impact priorities, design for material and energy minimization, understand interactions between product use and the environment, design for disassembly or recycling, assess environmental risks, and find ways to encourage pollution prevention through legal, regulatory, economic and management processes."

The industrial ecology fellowships this year total $ 1.2 million for 13 new awards and five renewals.


1997 NSF/Lucent Technologies Industrial Ecology Research Fellows

These researchers have received the 1997 National Science Foundation/Lucent Technologies Industrial Ecology Research Fellowships. For more information about specific grants, please contact the public affairs office at these institutions.

University of Alabama: John Kaplan Gershenson
Green Modularity: Ecology and Product Retirement Colorado State University: Carol McConica
Nonflowing Chemical Processing for Thin Film Manufacturing Yale University: Thomas E. Graedel
Modeling the Industrial Ecosystem Florida Institute of Technology: John Engblom
Life Cycle Assessment/Design Methodology for Reinforced Commingled Recycled Plastic Lumber (CRPL) Georgia Institute of Technology: Dennis W. Hess
Removal of Organic Films and Contaminants from Surfaces Using Elevated Pressure, Elevated Temperature Water University of Michigan: Gregory A. Keoleian
Life Cycle Design of Building Integrated Photovoltaic Systems University of Missouri-Rolla: Venkat Allada
Formalization of Disassembly Process to Support Serviceability and End-of-Product Life Options North Carolina State University: George W. Roberts
In-Situ Generation of Hazardous Reactants for Chemical Synthesis Ohio State University: Julie Ann Stuart
Models and Instruction for Life Cycle Material Content Decisions Pennsylvania State University: Timothy Considine
Environmental and New Technology Adoption in the U.S. Steel Industry University of Rhode Island: Winston Knight
Models and Tools for End-of-Life Product Management Prairie View A&M University: Ziaul Huque
Pollution Control in Fuel Cell Applications Using Ceramic Candle Filter for Cleaner Power Generation IVAM Environmental Research (Netherlands): René van Berkel Environmental Process Diagnosis and Improvement Tool

Second Year Continuing Awards FY 1997 for Industrial Ecology Fellowships
Funded by Lucent Technologies Foundation

Howard University: Ely A. Dorsey
An Environmental Justice Template of the Industrial Ecology Paradigm Rutgers University: Daniel J. Shanefield and W. Roger Cannon
High Solids, Water Based Tape Casting Brown University: Joseph M. Calo
"Point Source" Metals Recovery Via Spouted Bed Electrolytic Reactors University of Virginia: Susan E. Carlson-Skalak
Focusing on Ecology Within Concurrent Engineering Framework University of Wisconsin-Madison: Rajit Gadh
Design for Disassembly to Support Virtual De-manufacturing

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