Margarita Herrera-Alonso, an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, received an NSF CAREER award to support her work developing a better understanding of the structure and property relationships of new polymers inspired by nature. Her research will enable these building blocks to be used in the context of other bioinspired materials applications, such as drug carrier design.
Seth Guikema, an assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering, received a CAREER award to support his efforts to provide an approach for assessing the economic, environmental, and social sustainability and reliability of interdependent power and water systems, particularly in areas susceptible to natural hazards, such as hurricanes and earthquakes.
Mounya Elhilali, an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award for her project Active Listening: Closing the Loop Between Sensation, Perception and Behavior-research poised to tackle one of the major unsolved problems in neuroscience: how our brains are able to recognize sounds.
Mark Foster, an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award. Foster’s award will support research, focused on developing practical photonic techniques for the manipulation of signals on the fastest of time scales, from hundreds of picoseconds to a few femtoseconds