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Five UConn Faculty Earn Prestigious NSF CAREER Awards


Five junior faculty members have recently won prestigious NSF CAREER awards: Professors Timothy Vadas, Avinash Dongare, Sung Yeul Park, Lan-Hsuan Huang, and Kay Wille. The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program includes 13 program areas, and awards substantial financial support for a period of five years to a highly competitive group of junior faculty to advance outstanding research, promote excellence in education, and encourage collaboration and cooperation between education and research.

Avinash Dongare, assistant professor, materials science and engineering – whose project titled “Mesoscale Modeling of Defect Structure Evolution in Metallic Materials” contributes to the goals of the Materials Genome Initiative – was awarded support from the NSF Directorate of Engineering’s Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation Division in the amount of $500,000. This project uses computational mechanics to perform virtual analyses of structural metallic materials for use in extreme environments. This information would help advance the development of materials for next generation automotive, aerospace, and defense applications.

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