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Research Office Newsletter - September 2008


Tech Receives over $450,000 for Underground Rock Deformation Monitoring System


(August 13, 2008) Montana Tech secured $488,776 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the purchase of cutting edge fiber optic and tiltmeter sensor systems for monitoring deformations in deep underground facilities. The sensor system will be used to measure rock changes in tunnels, mines and underground laboratories to provide a safe working environment. MORE


Clark Fork Watershed Education Program Announces $1.044 Million in New Funding

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(June 26,2008) The Clark Fork Watershed Education Program (CFWEP) received over $1,000,000 in new funding from the State of Montana Natural Resource Damage Program (NRDP) and Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) to provide science education to students and teachers in Western Montana. MORE


Tech Presents Distinguished Researcher Awards

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(April 25, 2008) Montana Tech recognized outstanding contributions to college research efforts by faculty and staff with the presentation of the 7th Annual Distinguished Researcher Awards to four individuals. A committee selected two annual award winners and two lifetime award winners from nominations submitted by the campus. Awardees receive $1,000 and a plaque acknowledging their achievements.

The 2008 winners of the Annual Distinguished Researcher Awards are Amy Kuenzi and Dan Trudnowski. Andrea Stierle and Tom Patton are the 2008 winners of the Distinguished Researcher Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Amy Kuenzi
Dan Trudnowski
Andrea Stierle
Tom Patton

Tech Research Funding Summary 2007 - 2008

Fiscal Year
Number of Proposals
Funding Requested
Number Funded
New Funding Awarded
Number of proposals funded and funding awarded during fiscal year. *Note totals include proposals submitted in prior fiscal years, but awarded in fiscal year 08 or 09.

Associate Vice Chancellor's Corner

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Welcome back to the Research Office newsletter. After several fits and starts we are back in the publishing business, now with a more modern web look using electrons and photons instead of molecules. We will plan on a semiannual communication until and if events dictate otherwise. MORE


New Fringe and Indirect Cost Rates: Effective September 1, 2008

See Indirect Cost and Benefits on the Policy and Procedures page for the most up-to-date rates.


Tech Welcomes New Tenure Track Faculty

The Montana Tech academic departments have been busy recruiting new tenure track faculty over the last spring and summer.  The Research Office is pleased to welcome these new members to the Montana Tech community.

Business and Information Technology
Mr. Jon Chesbro
Assistant Professor

Electrical Engineering
Dr. Tom Moon
Asst. Professor/Lab Director


General Engineering
Dr. Brian Kukay
Assistant Professor

Dr. Harold “Hal” Millegan
Assistant Professor


Liberal Studies
Dr. Scott Risser
Assistant Professor

Mathematical Sciences
Dr. Hilary Risser
Assistant Professor


Metallurgy and Materials Engineering
Dr. K. V. Sudhakar
Assistant Professor


Petroleum Engineering
Dr. Susan Schrader
Assistant Professor

Dr. Burt Todd
Assistant Professor


What is is a new partnership of federal research grant agencies led by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The goal is to provide a single location where researchers can access grant information and services for multiple federal agencies while improving the grants management process. MORE


New Funding

List of New Funded Projects since January 2008. MORE


Did you know? Tips and Tricks

Download and print Montana Tech’s Principal Investigator’s Handbook and Principal Investigator's Handbook Inserts from the Research Office Website.

You can check out reviewer’s comments for any of your declined proposals on NSF Fastlane. Access Proposal Status; released reviews will appear at the bottom of the page.

A PDF of the Proposal Certification form is available on the Research Office Website, or stop by the office for a copy.

You need a login and password in order to upload documents to NSF Fastlane. Contact the Research Office to get signed up.

Want to try out Fastlane without actually submitting a proposal? Check out the Fastlane demonstration site for walkthroughs of Fastlane systems and functions.




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