Skip to Content

Informatics Institute Announces Fellowship Recipients

Illustration of three people in a gear, connected to lines and other gears

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.

Erin Dennis

Erin Dennis

Erin is assistant communications director for the Office of the Vice President for Research and senior editor of Inquiry. 

Latest Blog Posts

Opioid pills on a table next to pill bottle

Using a combination of brain stimulation and cognitive exercises, MnDRIVE Brain Conditions researchers aim to improve people's recovery from drug addiction and guard against relapse.

Read More
State fair goers

The modern design of the new Driven to Discover Research Facility will connect Minnesota State Fair visitors with more ways to participate in University research.

Read More
Schilling Alaskan Paper Birch tree with white rot

U researchers' work in understanding how different fungi rot trees will help climate modelers predict changes in terrestrial and atmospheric carbon pools.

Read More
Aerial view of farms

New research projects underway within University of Minnesota Extension aim to support the prosperity of rural areas across the state.

Read More