Sep 11, 2020 | No Comments | By Michelle Pagano

Congratulations to Ryan Hurley, HEMI Fellow and assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, for being awarded a 2020 [email protected] Seed Grant.

Hurley’s proposal, titled, “Electrostatically-Charged Contact Mechanics in Lunar and Martian Dust Environments,” pairs him with fellow assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering Rui Ni to create novel proof-of-concept experiments with the specific goal of relating particle roughness and charging to cohesion and friction during mechanical contact of rough particles with rough or smooth surfaces. Data from these experiments will highlight the team’s unique experimental capabilities and for expanded research efforts involving a broader study of tribocharging and charged-particle-laden gas flows funded by NASA and other agencies.

The goal of the [email protected]kins Seed Grant program is to provide seed funding for civilian space related projects at Johns Hopkins that: (1) are relevant to [email protected] and JHU institutional research priorities, (2) provide undergraduate research opportunities, (3) have excellent prospects for leading to successful external research support.

For more information on the [email protected] Seed Grant program, click here.

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