By Allison Mills


Congratulations to Sumit Paudyal, Ye Sun, and Keith Vertanen, National Science Foundation Faculty CAREER Award Winners.

Michigan Tech faculty earn honors for their innovation and dedication.

National Science Foundation Faculty Career Awards

Sumit Paudyal

Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

What I do: Calculate energy use ebbs and flows to optimize load flexibility and distribution networks

Why I do it: Ensure people have electricity and make distributed energy a reality

Project: “Operation of Distribution Grids in the Context of High-Penetration Distributed Energy Resources and Flexible Loads”

Ye Sun

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics; Affiliated Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

What I do: Build embroidered electronics to replace wearable health monitoring devices

Why I do it: Art and engineering meet in the stitches of electronic fabric to make health data more accessible

Project: “System-on-Cloth: A Cloud Manufacturing Framework for Embroidered Wearable Electronics”

Keith Vertanen

Assistant Professor, Computer Science

What I do: Develop desktop, mobile, and augmented reality interfaces for communication

Why I do it: Give a voice to those with speaking challenges

Project: “Technology Assisted Conversations”

Bhakta Rath Research Award

The Bhakta Rath Research Award recognizes a doctoral student and their Michigan Tech faculty advisor. The pair earns the award for research that dares to be cutting edge while remaining focused on the social contribution of the work. The award was established by Bhakta B. Rath and his wife, Sushama Rath, to promote and reward excellence in scientific and engineering research at Michigan Tech.

Feng Zhao

Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering

What we do: Engineer soft tissues from naturally derived scaffolds and multi-potent adult stem cells

Why we do it: Help patients recover more quickly and effectively from burns and heart attacks

Zichen Qian

PhD Student, Biomedical Engineering


Michigan Tech Research Award: Accelerate Michigan Up and Comer Award

The Michigan Tech Research Award recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement by a faculty member. It is based on the impact of the person’s research, particularly sustained research or a noteworthy breakthrough. The Michigan Tech Research Award is symbolic of the University’s high standard for research endeavors.

Yoke Khin Yap

Professor, Physics

What I do: Develop and commercialize functionalized boron nitride (BN) nanostructures

Why I do it: Precise medical diagnosis and quantum transistors for future electronics

Accelerate Michigan Innovative Competition Grand Prize

L. Brad King

Ron and Elaine Starr Professor in Space Systems, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

What I do: Propel the small satellite revolution with better data, lower costs, fewer launches

Why I do it: More than 9,000 satellites are set to launch in the next seven years, more than all satellites in human history

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Last Modified 11:47 AM, May 24, 2023