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Tianli Feng

Assistant Professor Mechanical Engineering Department University of Utah

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Keywords

Ultra-high temperature thermal transport, materials, molecular simulations, first principles, machine learning


What are you trying to do? Articulate your objectives using absolutely no jargon.

Understand thermal transport properties of materials at ultrahigh temperatures.
Find new materials that can withstand ultrahigh temperatures with extreme (either high or low) thermal conductivities.

How is it done today, and what are the limits of current practice?

Current theoretical methods are good for low temperatures, and will fail in predicting thermal transport behavior at ultrahigh temperatures.

What is new in your approach and why do you think it will be successful?

We develop new atomic simulations and explore the deep physics of thermal transport at ultrahigh temperatures. From that, we design new materials with desired properties.

Who cares? If you are successful, what difference will it make?

Thermal management of hypersonic vehicles, thermal barrier coatings of gas turbines.


What are you trying to do? Articulate your objectives using absolutely no jargon.

My research group develops models for the mechanical behavior of materials using experimental methods, microstructure characterization, and machine learning.

How is it done today, and what are the limits of current practice?

Material models are currently developed with a heavy reliance on mechanical testing, which limits our ability to introduce new materials and manufacturing methods into the market quickly and efficiently.

What is new in your approach and why do you think it will be successful?

Machine learning, guided by the principles of mechanics and physics, has already been demonstrated to develop more accurate models while reducing the heavy reliance on mechanical testing.

Who cares? If you are successful, what difference will it make?

If successful, next-generation materials and structures can be certified faster, accelerating the introduction of, for example, new vehicles for urban air mobility (travel).

Satoshi Minoshima

Anne G. Osborn Chair and Professor Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine

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Keywords

medical imaging, radiation protection


What are you trying to do? Articulate your objectives using absolutely no jargon.

Advance medical imaging for people in space. Help develop methods to protect humans from cosmic radiation.

How is it done today, and what are the limits of current practice?

Cross-sectional imaging devices, essential for medical care, are challenging to implement and operate in space and on other planets due to their size, complexity, and durability requirements. Humans will be exposed to higher levels of radiation during space travel and potentially on other planets.

What is new in your approach and why do you think it will be successful?

Industry collaboration and brainstorming to develop new imaging devices that can be operated in spaceships and on other planets. Help develop small molecule drugs that make cells more resistant to radiation. Also, help devise radiation protection methods in space.

Who cares? If you are successful, what difference will it make?

Help support health and healthcare for people in space.