NSF CAREER Awards
College of Engineering faculty win many prestigious research awards, an important measure of scholarship stature. One is the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award. Here we highlight our many winners.
Funding. Each award of approximately $500,000 over 5 years advances the career trajectory and potential impact of outstanding junior faculty. Further, funded projects frequently provide cutting-edge opportunities for student researchers. Faculty across the country submit integrated research and educational outreach project proposals, and the NSF selects approximately 600 winners each year. The NSF funds only about 14–24% of applicants.
Since college inception in 1997, our faculty have earned a commanding 25 National Science Foundation CAREER awards. Click links for more about our winners or to view project abstracts at the funder website.
2018 — Elton Graugnard (Materials Science and Engineering). Scalable Manufacturing of Two-dimensional Atomic Layer Materials for Energy-efficient Electronic Devices via Selective-area Atomic Layer Deposition. Abstract
2017 — Yanliang Zhang (Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering; now at the University of Notre Dame). Printing and Interface Engineering of Colloidal Nanocrystals for Flexible Thermoelectrics and Electronics. Abstract
2014 — Vishal Saxena (Electrical and Computer Engineering; now at the University of Idaho)
Mixed-Signal Photonic Integrated Circuits for Energy-Efficient High-Speed Data Interfaces. Abstract
2011 — Inanc Senocak (Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering; now at the University of Pittsburgh). Multi-scale modeling of short-term forecasting and grid integration of wind energy over complex terrain. Abstract
2009 — Wan Kuang (Electrical and Computer Engineering; no longer with Boise State University). Numerical and Experimental Study of Photon-Electron Interaction in Surface Plasmon-Polariton Nanophotonic Devices. Abstract
2003 — Elisa Barney Smith (Electrical and Computer Engineering; now at the Luleå Technical University in Sweden). Document Image Degradation Analysis. Abstract
2001 — John Lusth (Computer Science; now at the University of Arkansas). Improving the Performance of Quantum-dot Cellular Automata. Abstract
1997 — Susan Burkett (Electrical and Computer Engineering; now at the University of Alabama). Fundamental Electrical and Thermal Limitations of Patterned Thin Film Multilayer Magnetic Field Sensors. Abstract
Faculty member Scott Phillips (Materials Science and Engineering) earned the award in 2012 before joining the college, when at Pennsylvania State University. His study addressed the synthesis of novel classes of depolymerizable polymers with well-defined response properties. Abstract