Currently Active External Awards - Research and Sponsored Programs - Penn State Altoona

Currently Active External Awards

The faculty and staff of Penn State Altoona seek a variety of external awards from foundations, agencies, and other sponsors to support their research, teaching, creative activities, and service responsibilities.

Listed below are those awards that are currently active, the faculty or staff member responsible, and the source of funding. Please contact responsible faculty or staff for additional information about awards.

Externally Funded Projects

Dr. Grant Risha, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineer, “Spray and Combustion of Gelled Hypergolic Propellants for Future Rocket and Missile Engines,” Department of the Army – Material Command, (

Dr. Grant Risha, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, “Nanoenergetics and High Hydrogen Content Materials for Space Propulsion,” Air Force Office of Scientific Research, (

Dr. Sandra Petrulionis, Professor of English & American Studies, “The Almanacks of Mary Moody Emerson: A Scholarly Digital Edition,” National Endowment for the Humanities, (

Dr. Peter Shull, Associate Professor of Engineering, “Improved Retention and Recruitment through Academic & Financial Support,” National Science Foundation, (

Dr. Grant Risha, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineer, “High-Energy Segregated Fuel/Oxidizer Solid Rocket Propulsion System,” Los Alamos National Laboratory, (

Dr. Hai Huang, Assistant Professor in Engineering, “Field Investigation & Modeling of Track Substructure Performance under Trains Moving at Critical Speeds,” Federal Railroad Administration, (

Dr. Rebecca Strzelec, Associate Professor of Visual Arts, “EFRI-ODISSEI: Multi-field Responsive Origami Structures – Advancing the Emerging Frontier of Active Compliant Mechanisms,” National Science Foundation, (

Dr. Darin Zimmerman, Interim Associate Dean for Research, “Collaborative Research: Electro-optical Studies of Nanoscale, Geometrically-Asymmetric Tunnel Junctions for Collection and Rectification of Light from Infrared through Visible,” National Science Foundation, (

Dr. Corien Bakermans, Assistant Professor of Microbiology, “STEM Academic Research Training Engaging Underrepresented Pennsylvanians,” National Aeronautics and Space Administration, (

Dr. Hai Huang, Assistant Professor in Engineering, “Development and Testing of a Low Solar Absorption Coating for Rail Buckle Prevention,” Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey, (

Dr. Grant Risha, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineer, “Fundamental Studies of Hypergolic Ignition Using Dr. Hai Huang, Assistant Professor in Engineering Conventional Hydrocarbon Fuels with Fuel Gellation and Suspension of Reactive or Catalytic Particles,” Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, (

Dr. Ed Levri, Division Head of Mathematics and Science/Associate Professor of Biology, “Characterizing the Invasive New Zealand Mud Snail Population in Central Pennsylvania,” University of Maryland, (

Dr. Hai Huang, Assistant Professor in Engineering, “Laboratory Development and Testing of “Smartrock” for Railroad Ballast Research,” Federal Railroad Administration, (

Dr. Carolyn Mahan, Professor Biology, “National Park Natural Resource Assessments: Synthesizing and Interpreting Existing Natural Resource Information and Studies to Better Inform Park Planning in New River Gorge,” National Park Service, (

Ms. Sherri McGregor, Education and Training Specialist for CE, “A Healthier You,” Vantage Human Resource Services, Inc., (