TWRI names two Faculty Fellows, awards federal funding

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) has named two Texas A&M University professors 2023-2024 Faculty Fellows, awarding $15,000 in federal funding to each faculty member to support their research: 

  • Ying Li, Ph.D., professor, Texas A&M J. Mike Walker ’66 Department of Mechanical Engineering.
  • Pao-Tai Lin, Ph.D., associate professor, Texas A&M Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

The Faculty Fellows program provides unique funding support for faculty researchers seeking further external funding. Upon completion of the year, each fellow will submit a larger proposal to external agencies in pursuit of securing large-scale funding grants to continue and expand their project efforts. In addition, TWRI Faculty Fellows expand their network of collaborators by working with multidisciplinary teams during this process.

Li’s proposed research is focused on modular, adaptive and low-carbon decentralized water treatment and desalination systems. He also serves as the Pioneer Natural Resources Faculty Fellow III in mechanical engineering and leads the Laboratory for Low Carbon Energy and Sustainable Environment.

Lin’s proposed research involves miniaturized and real-time water quality monitoring using photonic sensing chips. He leads the Mid-Infrared Integrated Photonics and Remote Sensing (MiPRoS) Laboratory.

Funding for this fellowship opportunity is provided through the U.S. Geological Survey’s Water Resources Research Act program annual base grant funding. Proposals can deal with a range of water resource topics.

TWRI’s Faculty Fellows Program will begin accepting applications for the Sept. 1, 2024 – Aug. 31, 2025  project period in January, open to all faculty within the Texas A&M University System. Learn more about the Faculty Fellows program.


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