Informatics Institute announces fellowship recipients

Informatics fellows

The University of Minnesota Informatics Institute has announced the recipients of its Transdisciplinary Faculty Fellowship. This award positions recently promoted associate professors to provide leadership in transdisciplinary collaborative projects at the interface of informatics and an application area.

Six U of M faculty from across two campuses (Twin Cities and Duluth) and representing eight different departments and institutes were awarded fellowships:

  • Marshall Hampton, Ph.D. University of Minnesota Duluth, Swenson College of Science and Engineering, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
  • Adrian Hegeman, Ph.D. University of Minnesota Twin Cities, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences, Department of Horticulture and Plant Biology; Microbial and Plant Genomics Institute
  • Volkan Isler, Ph.D., University of Minnesota Twin Cities, College of Science and Engineering, Department of Computer Science and Engineering; Institute on the Environment
  • Mihailo Jovanovic, Ph.D., University of Minnesota Twin Cities, College of Science and Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Molly McCue, Ph.D., University of Minnesota Twin Cities, College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Veterinary Population Medicine; Microbial and Plant Genomics Institute
  • Pete Willemsen, Ph.D., University of Minnesota Duluth, Swenson College of Science and Engineering, Department of Computer Science

Working with their colleges and campuses, fellowship recipients will build a network of researchers and scholars across U of M academic units and connect to Minnesota industry or organizations. Fellows will leverage this network for research and funding opportunities that address societal challenges and leverage the state’s competitive advantage.

“This fellowship is really about accelerating research at the university,” said Claudia Neuhauser, Ph.D., UMII’s director. “Bringing together faculty from across different disciplines and areas of expertise and tapping into the U’s growing informatics infrastructure will create new opportunities to connect with external partners and will position the U as a leader in core research areas.”

Several of the fellowships support projects in core research areas of the MnDRIVE initiative, an $18 million annual investment in U research by the state of Minnesota meant to leverage the state’s key industries to address grand challenges.

UMII was formed in January 2014 to foster data-intensive research in agriculture, engineering, environment, health, humanities and social sciences and to identify education and infrastructure needs. UMII is supported in part by the MnDRIVE initiative and is one of a number of centers and institutes in the Office of the Vice President for Research.

Learn more about UMII and the Transdisciplinary Faculty Fellows.