By Torrie Johnson and Kel Hahn
Alexandre Martin, associate professor in the University of Kentucky Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been selected to participate in the SEC (Southeastern Conference) Faculty Travel Program during the 2018-2019 academic year. Established in 2012 by the SEC provosts, the program is designed to provide financial assistance from the SEC office that bolsters intra-SEC collaboration.
Identified participants will travel to other SEC universities to exchange ideas, develop grant proposals, conduct research and deliver lectures or performances. Martin will visit the University of Tennessee.
Past program participants have been invited to present their research at conferences, been awarded competitive grants and others have secured publications in leading journals.
Martin has taught at UK since 2010. He recently received a $270,000 grant for a project that will support NASA’s future exploration and science missions, and he is collaborating with assistant professor José Graña-Otero on a $592,000 United States Air Force grant to study chemical processes that pose a danger to hypersonic aircraft.