Faculty Earn National Science Foundation Awards
Three Michigan Tech faculty members have received National Science Foundation CAREER awards during 2003-04.
Brad King, Soner Onder and Hao (Howard) Wang each have at least $400,000 for their research and teaching programs. The Faculty Early CAREER Development Program is the NSF's most prestigious awards for new faculty members. Michigan Tech has had 27 faculty earn this award, 20 still research and teach at Tech.
CAREER: King Studies Aerospace Thrusters
Brad King, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has become Michigan Tech's top space guy. His CAREER award will support his research in the area of highly efficient plasma thrusters for spacecraft.
As with his other projects, he will provide extensive involvement in the research for undergraduates, graduate students, and even high school students. King already holds more than $1 million in grants from NASA and the Air Force. More on the ion space propulsion lab.
CAREER: Onder Looks for Fetching Solutions
Soner Onder, assistant professor of computer science, wants to help computer manufacturers continue to increase microprocessor performance. He has identified a roadblock to future performance demands and will use his CAREER award to develop solutions.
He looks at the number of correct instructions that a processor can fetch during each cycle. His research will determine how to overcome roadblocks that impede this fetch process.
He also plans to enhance a computer language, Architecture Description Language and its compiler and supporting software environment known as FAST.
CAREER: Wang Focuses Research on Polymers
Hao (Howard) Wang, an assistant professor of materials science and engineering, will use his CAREER award to develop an education program in polymer materials and engineering. The coursework will complement the existing polymer chemistry and rheology program that already exists.
Wang also plans to develop a strong coalition with Michigan plastics and automotive companies, given the increasing demand for plastic components in cars.
The CAREER award will also provide the opportunity to develop an introductory program in polymers for middle school and high school students, through Michigan Tech's Summer Youth Program.
IGERT: Sustainable Futures Earns $3.6 Million NSF Award
Michigan Tech has received a $3.6 million award from the National Science Foundation to work in the area of sustainable futures. The award is part of NSF's Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program.
Along with faculty at the partner institution, Southern University-Baton Rouge, Michigan Tech faculty will focus on developing the Sustainable Futures Model. This model, introduced by Michigan Tech, recognizes the need to address complex sustainability issues through research on industrial, societal, and environmental systems, separately and in concert.
In addition to research, the Sustainable Futures IGERT will focus on educating engineers and policy makers to consider both life cycle product issues and policy decisions.
"A rapidly increasing world population, over-consumption of resources and contamination of the environment are jeopardizing the ability of future generations to have the same quality of life that we enjoy," said John Sutherland, Sustainable Futures IGERT director and Richard & Elizabeth Henes Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Michigan Tech.