Honda awards $50,000 in research grants

Honda presented $50,000 for advanced research grants to professors at seven U.S. universities at the 10th anniversary of the Honda Initiation Grant program and Technical Horizon Symposium in Mountain View, Calif., according to a Honda press release.

The Honda Initiation Grant program aims to fund innovative ideas in the early stages of research that are likely to make valuable contributions to technology during a term of 5-10 years.

The seven recipients were chosen from 300 grant submissions and include:

  • Dr. Marcelo Dapino of The Ohio State University: for the use of smart material technology for an adaptive seat belt system
  • Tarek El Dokor of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University: for development of holographic instrument panel controls and display
  • Dr. Pu-Xian Gao of the University of Connecticut: for study of nano-catalysts for automotive emissions control systems
  • Dr. Yaoyu Li of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: for the optimization of power management for plug-in hybrid vehicles when common route driving
  • Paul McGinn of the University of Notre Dame: for enhanced design and performance of fuel cells
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