VCU Engineering faculty members receive Presidential Research Quest Fund grants

Changqing Luo, Ph.D., John Speich, Ph.D. and John Wilson, Ph.D.
Changqing Luo, Ph.D., Department of Computer Science, John Speich, Ph.D., Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering and John Wilson, Ph.D., Department of Biomedical Engineering

Three Virginia Commonwealth University College of Engineering faculty members have received 2019 grants through the VCU Presidential Research Quest Fund (PeRQ).

The fund supports a total of 18 faculty research projects across the university that align with the goals of VCU’s Quest 2025: Together We Transform strategic plan. The total amount awarded from the fund of $500,000 will be matched, 60:40, by faculty departments and schools.

“Supporting early-stage projects with great promise is just one tangible way by which VCU promotes a vibrant and diverse research environment,” said P. Srirama Rao, Ph.D., VCU’s vice president for research and innovation.

The recipients from the College of Engineering are:

Changqing Luo, Ph.D.
Department of Computer Science
“Decentralized Coordination on Blockchain for Mobile Edge Computing Enabled IoT Systems”

John Speich, Ph.D.
Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
“Novel Hemodynamic Metrics to Differentiate Brain and Bladder Influences in Overactive Bladder”

John Wilson, Ph.D.
Department of Biomedical Engineering
(and collaborator Uyen Truong, M.D., associate professor, Department of Pediatrics Division of Cardiology, VCU School of Medicine)
“Improving the Early Detection and Risk-Stratification of Diverse Aortopathies Using Novel Quantitative Biomechanical MRI: A pilot study in patients at high risk of future Type B aortic dissection”