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1995 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grants

Five of College of Engineering assistant professors have distinguished themselves by receiving 1995 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grants from the National Science Foundation. These prestigious awards--which replace the NSF Young Investigator and Research Initiation Awards--recognize outstanding young faculty in science and engineering by providing flexible support for research and teaching.

In addition to reflecting well on the recipients, who competed with some of the nation's best and brightest young engineers, the grants also put UW-Madison in the spotlight as an institution on the cutting edge of engineering technology. A quick look at the variety and scope of these research and educational projects demonstrates our vision for the future.



Rajit  Gadh

Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor Rajit Gadh received a four-year grant to work on computer-aided design. He is researching ways to create shape designs in a virtual environment. Virtual design allows concepts from the designer's mind to be input into a computer with natural human gestures. Virtual prototyping allows such a design shape to be assessed for productibility prior to manufacturing.



Michael D. Graham

Michael D. Graham, an assistant professor of Chemical Engineering, received a four-year grant for a combined research and education program on multiphase flow, viscoelastic fluids, and polymer science and engineering. His primary objective is to understand the role of interactions between different phenomena on the flow stability and dynamics of the system.



Daniel J. Klingenberg

Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Daniel J. Klingenberg received a four-year grant for his combined research and education program on colloid science and engineering. Two of his objectives are to better understand the role an electric field plays on material behavior, and to determine the rheological properties of non-Brownian suspensions.



Truong Q. Nguyen

Truong Q. Nguyen, an assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received a three-year grant for his research on the theory, structure and design of filter banks. He is also writing a related undergraduate text book, establishing an Internet site for the storage of design programs and coefficients of filter banks, and developing a course on time-frequency and time-scale analysis.



Vadim  Shapiro

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Vadim Shapiro received a four-year grant for his work to make the design and manufacturing of mechanical artifacts more rational, systematic and efficient. He is investigating combinatorial and algorithmic aspects of a relationship between mechanical form, function and fabrication for single-part mechanical components.