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Jaafar El-Awady Receives National Science Foundation CAREER Award

January 14, 2015

The National Science Foundation has selected Jaafar El-Awady, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, to receive its prestigious CAREER Award, which recognizes the highest level of excellence in early-stage researchers.

The five-year grant will support El-Awady’s research into the underlying deformation mechanism in materials. As founder of the Computational and Experimental Materials Engineering Laboratory at the Whiting School, El-Awady’s goal is to enhance the field of “materials by design” by moving from empirical, trial-and-error development techniques to a combination of state-of-the-art multi-scale computational methods and experimental techniques that streamline the process of developing reliable materials with superior performance.

The CAREER award is one of the NSF’s most competitive awards and emphasizes high-quality research and novel education initiatives. It provides funding so that young investigators have the opportunity to focus more intently on furthering their research careers.

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