CEAS Professors Awarded URC Grants

Two coveted awards earned by CEAS professors to pursue efforts in Dynamic Systems and Computing Science fields.

Date: Febraury 2, 2011

By: Kelley Ujvary


Murali Meenaksi Sundaram of Mechanical Engineering

Murali Meenaksi Sundaram of mechanical engineering and Mark Stockman of computing Sciences and Informatics are the recipients the coveted awards from the University Research Council (URC). 

Murali Meenaksi Sundaram is pursuing pilot studies on the feasibility of innovative hybrid micromachining processes using a nontraditional approach.  He is a Director in the Micro and Nano Manufacturing Laboratory, and Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the School of Dynamic Systems.  He has been with UC since 2009. 

The Micro and Nano Manufacturing Laboratory at University of Cincinnati (UCMAN) specializes in the development and applications of state-of-the-art multifunctional technologies. “This grant will help us to achieve high aspect ratio micromachining of difficult-to-machine materials like titanium alloys” says Sundaram.  A graduate and an undergraduate student will be assisting Sundaram on this project at UCMAN.

This grant provides Sundaram and his team with partial financial support for student participants and money to purchase materials necessary for the project.


Mark Stockman of Computing Sciences and Informatics

Mark Stockman will be investigating the feasibility of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) for consumer PCs.  He is an Associate Professor in the School of Computing Sciences and Informatics has been with UC since 2001. 

“In essence what this technology does is to provide an entire computer operating system as a service to users.  So no matter what physical computer they were to sit use, their operating system with their personal applications, files, and settings would remain the same and follow them when at home, work, or on the road.  Beyond this ability of accessing one’s “computer” from any physical computer, benefits of such a technology include easy backup/recovery of the operating system, easy technical support, and energy efficiency” says Stockman.

This award will help Stockman and his team, Professor John Nyland and an undergraduate student, investigate whether consumer based networks will be able to handle the load of VDI and if consumer VDI will provide the same benefits seen in corporate VDI.  Through the summer small scale VDI environments will be set up as well as simulations of consumer accessible networks.  They then will test VDI over these simulated networks.

This grant provides Stockman and his team with a summer stipend to continue investigations of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) against simulated consumer networks.  “The initial findings could provide us with data to apply for external grants to further study VDI for consumers.”