Year Winners

2019 - 2020

MIT-Germany FAU Seed Fund

Rift Formation in Antarctic Ice Shelves: Constraining the Mechanical Properties of Glacier Ice Using Time-Dependent, High-Resolution Strain-Rate Fields

A collaboration between:

  • Brent Minchew, Assistant Professor, Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences
  • Matthias Braun, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)

MIT-Germany - University of Regensburg Seed Fund

Quark and Gluon Structure of The Proton

A collaboration between:

  • Professor Phiala Shanahan, Physics
  • Gunnar Bali, Universitat Regensburg

MIT-Germany - University of Stuttgart Seed Fund

Development and Pilot-Scale Implementation of High-Temperature Sorbents for Co2 Capture

A collaboration between:

  • Professor Alan Hatton, Chemical Engineering
  • Nelson Felipe Rincon Soto, University of Stuttgart

Microscale, Chip-Based Dynamic Nuclear Polarization at High Magnetic Fields

A collaboration between:

  • Robert Griffin, Arthur Amos Noyes Professor, Chemistry
  • Jens Anders, University of Stuttgart

Smarter Smart Materials – Integrating Human Interaction with Environmentally Responsive Material Systems

A collaboration between:

  • Stefanie Mueller, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Achim Menges, University of Stuttgart

MIT-Germany Lockheed Martin Seed Fund

Co-Creating Tomorrow’s Autonomous Technologies: Exploring Innovation Dynamics in “Living Labs” in Germany and the U.S.

A collaboration between:

  • Danielle Wood, Media Arts and Sciences
  • Sebastian Pfotenhauer,Technical University of Munich

Investigation of Oxygen Diffusion in Hfo2 Based Memristive Devices by Using Dpc Stem

A collaboration between:

  • Professor James LeBeau, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Leopoldo Molina-Luna, Technische Universität Darmstadt

Multi-Fidelity Optimization Under Uncertainty for Applications in Wind Energy and Additive Manufacturing

A collaboration between:

  • Youssef Marzouk, Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Hans-Joachim Bungartz, Technical University of Munich

Thermally Resistant 3D Printable Cellular Structures through Topology Optimization

A collaboration between:

  • Professor Josephine Carstensen, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Benedikt Kriegesmann, Hamburg University of Technology

Towards the Design of Advanced Batteries: An Investigation of Interfacial Phenomena at the Anode of Lithium Metal Batteries

A collaboration between:

  • Yang Shao-Horn, W.M. Keck Professor of Energy, Mechanical Engineering
  • Hubert Gasteiger, Technical University of Munich
2017 - 2018

MIT-Germany - University of Stuttgart Seed Fund

Global Water Cycle and Environmental Monitoring using Active and Passive Satellite-based Microwave Instruments

  • Dara Entekhabi, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Ruzbeh Akbar, Post-Doc, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Andrew Feldman, PhD Candidate, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Thomas Jagdhuber, German Aerospace Center
  • Moritz Link, European Space Agency
  • Martin Baur, University of Bayreuth
  • Ismail Baris, Friedrich-Schiller-University

Optimal and secure control of large-scale networked cyber-physical systems

  • Munther Dahleh, Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Frank Allgöwer, University of Stuttgart

 

2016 - 2017

MIT-Germany Seed Fund

Mechanics of Cell Matrix Interface in 3D

A collaboration between:

  • Ming Guo, d’Arbeloff Career Development Chair Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering 
  • Chase Broedersz, Professor, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

MIT-Germany - University of Stuttgart Seed Fund

Electro-Chromic Stimuli-Responsive Photonic Fibers

A collaboration between:

  • Mathias Kolle, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering 
  • Sabine Ludwigs, Professor, University of Stuttgart

Gate-Stack Engineering for High-Quality MOS Transistor Control Gates for Ge-based Tunneling Field-Effect Transistors

A collaboration between:

  • Jesus del Alamo, Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science 
  • Jörg Schulze, Professor, Dr. habil, Institute of Semiconductor Engineering

System-Theoretic Analysis of Dependable Systems in the Automotive Domain

A collaboration between:

  • Nancy Leveson, Aeronautics and Astronautics  
  • Stefan Wagner, Professor, University of Stuttgart
2015 - 2016

MIT-Germany Seed Fund

A New View of Stromatolites through Laser-based, Spatially Resolved Analysis of Lipid Biomarkers

A collaboration between:

  • Roger Summons, Professor, Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences
  • Kai-Uwe Hinrichs, Professor of Organic Geochemistry, University of Bremen
  • Lars Wörmer, Senior Postdoctoral Investigator, University of Bremen
  • Florence Schubotz; Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Bremen

Any Angled Docking Using Gecko Adhesives and Spheres^2

A collaboration between:

  • Alvar Saenz-Otero, Principal Research Scientist, Director, Space Systems Lab, Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Enrico Stoll, Professor, Braunschweig University of Technology

Experimental Charge Density of Novel Inorganic Aromatic Ions and Related Compounds

A collaboration between:

  • Christopher Cummins, Professor, Chemistry
  • Peter Mueller, Principal Research Scientist, Chemistry
  • Dietmar Stalke, Professor, Universität Göttingen

Interfacial Proton Coupled Electron Transfer

A collaboration between:

  • Yogesh Surendranath, Assistant Professor, Chemistry
  • Wolfgang Schmickler, Professor, Ulm University

Spatial Order and Collective Cell Behavior in Bacterial Biofilms

A collaboration between:

  • Jorn Dunkel, Assistant Professor, Mathematics
  • Knut Drescher, Independent Max Planck Research Group Leader, Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology

MIT-Germany - University of Stuttgart Seed Fund

Collaboration in On-Chip Ge Lasers

A collaboration between:

  • Jurgen Michel, Senior Research Scientist,
  • Joerg Schulze, Professor, Universität Stuttgart

Quantum Processors in Diamond

A collaboration between:

  • Paola Cappellaro, Associate Professor, Nuclear Science and Engineering
  • Dirk Englund, Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Joerg Wrachtrup, Professor, Universität Stuttgart
2014 - 2015

MIT-Germany Seed Fund

Cell Parameter Variability in Lithium-Ion Batteries

A collaboration between:

  • Richard Braatz, Professor, Chemical Engineering
  • Rolf Findeisen, Chair for Systems Theory and Automatic Control, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg
  • Ulrike Krewer, Professor and Head of the Institute of Energy and Process Systems Engineering, Technische Universität Braunschweig

Effects of Electromagnetic Fluctuations in Nonequilibrium Situations

A collaboration between:

  • Robert Jaffe, Professor, Physics
  • Mehran Kardar, Professor, Physics
  • Matthias Kruger, Max Planck Institute Stuttgart

Multi-Scale Interactions of Atmospheric Gravity Waves

A collaboration between:

  • Triantaphyllos Akylas, Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Ulrich Achatz, Professor, Goethe University Frankfurt

Probing Multiferroic Materials Using Novel Neutron Imaging Methods

A collaboration between:

  • Boris Khaykovich, Research Scientist,
  • David Moncton, Professor, Physics
  • Wolfgang Treimer, Professor and Department Head, Helmholtz Centre Berlin for Materials and Energy

Reduced-order Geometrical Modeling of the Dynamics of Power Grids for Efficient Detection and Optimal Suppression of Critical Events

A collaboration between:

  • Themistoklis Sapsis, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Sertac Karaman, Assistant Professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Franz-Erich Wolter, Professor, Leibniz Universität Hannover

Small Laser Communications Terminal for Satellites in Low Earth Orbit

A collaboration between:

  • Kerri Cahoy, Assistant Professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Kathleen Riesing, Graduate Student, Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Ryan Kingsbury, Graduate Student, Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Tam Nguyen, Graduate Student, Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Christopher Schmidt,  Diplom-Ingenieur, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt
2013 - 2014

MIT-Germany Seed Fund

Collaborative Improvement of Photoelectrochemical Cells: Experiments and Modeling of Inexpensive Hematite Photoanode Nanostructures

A collaboration between:

  • Craig Carter, Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Christina Scheu, Professor, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Functional Micro-Dispensers For Protection Against Vector-Borne Diseases and Crop Protection

A collaboration between:

  • Noel Elman
  • Eckart Ruehl, Professor, Freie Universität Berlin

Quantatitive Protemoic Analysis of Synaptic Plasticity

A collaboration between:

  • Weifeng Xu, Assistant Professor, Brain and Cognitive Sciences
  • Oliver Schlüter, Junior Investigator, Göttingen University Medical School

Star Formation In The Early Universe

A collaboration between:

  • Anna Frebel, Assistant Professor, Physics
  • Ralf Klessen, Professor, University of Heidelberg
  • Simon Glover, University of Heidelberg
2012 - 2013

MIT-Germany Seed Fund

Improving Our Understanding of Global Change and Climate Through Laboratory Studies of Clouds

A collaboration between:

  • Daniel Cziczo, Associate Professor, Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences
  • Frank Stratmann, Group Leader, Cloud Division, TROPOS

Mechanics of Clusters Formed Far-From-Equilibrium: The Case of Blood Clots

A collaboration between:

  • Alexander Alfredo-Katz, Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mikhail Itskov, Doctor of Engineering, RWTH Aachen University

Multimodal Molecular Imaging of Gene Expression in the Brain

A collaboration between:

  • Alan Jasanoff, Professor, Biological Engineering
  • Gil Gregor Westmeyer, Professor, Technical University Munich & Helmholtz Center Munich

Next Generation Interactive Surfaces

A collaboration between:

  • Patricia Maes, Professor, Media Arts and Sciences
  • Joseph Paradiso, Associate Professor, Media Arts and Sciences
  • Jürgen Steimle, Head of independent research group (equivalent to Assistant Professor), Max Planck Institute for Informatics and Saarland University

The Social Neuroscience of Autism: a Joint Multi-Modal Approach of the MIT and the Freie Universität Berlin

A collaboration between:

  • Rebecca Saxe, Associate Professor, Brain and Cognitive Sciences
  • John Gabrieli, Professor, Brain and Cognitive Sciences
  • Hauke Heekeren, Doctor of Medicine, Freie Universität Berlin
  • Isabel Dziobek, Freie Universität Berlin
2011 - 2012

MIT-Germany Seed Fund

Analytical Approaches to Large-Scale Databases of Musical Scores

A collaboration between:

  • Michael Cuthbert, Associate Professor, Music and Theater Arts
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  • Hans-Peter Kriegel, Professor Ordinarius, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany
  • Vladimir Viro, Ph.D. Student, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany

Automatic Parameterized Model Generation for MRI Coils

A collaboration between:

  • Luca Daniel, Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Mikhail Kozlov, Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Germany

Combining Model Reduction with Sparse Grids into a Multifidelity Framework for Design, Control and Optimization

A collaboration between:

  • Karen Willcox, Associate Professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Hans-Joachim Bungartz, Professor, Technische Universität München, Germany

Joining Nanocomposites

A collaboration between:

  • Michael Demkowicz, Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Peter Mayr, Professor, Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany

Quantum Effects in Photosynthetic Systems

A collaboration between:

  • Jianshu Cao, Professor, Chemistry
  • Martin Plenio, Alexander von Humboldt Professor & Director, Ulm University
  • Susana Huelga, Professor, Ulm University, Germany
2018 - 2019

MIT-Germany - University of Stuttgart Seed Fund

A Peak into the Outer Solar System through Stellar Occultations 

A collaboration between:

  • Amanda Bosh, Senior Lecturer, Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences 
  • Karsten Schindler, University of Stuttgart                        

Improving Blood Draw Methods

A collaboration between:

  • Alexander Slocum, Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Nevan Clancy Hanumara, Senior Research Scientist, Mechanical Engineering
  • Kent Stewart, University of Stuttgart

MIT-Germany Seed Fund

Analysis of (Un)conscious Stress Reduction Methods using Biofeedback and Virtual Reality     

A collaboration between:         

  • Pattie Maes, Professor, Media Arts and Sciences
  • Bjoern M. Eskofier, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)      
  • Nicolas Rohleder, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)

Ultrathin Films on Mixed Conductors for Low Temperature Solid Electrolytes     

A collaboration between:  

  • Yogesh Surendranath, Assistant Professor, Chemistry
  • Julien Bachmann, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)

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