College's 1998 NSF CAREER award winners announced
Two College of Engineering faculty members have each received four-year, $200,000 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Awards from the National Science Foundation.
Assistant Professor Riccardo Bonazza, engineering physics, will study the evolution of instabilities developing at a fluid interface, accelerated by strong shock-waves. His experiments will be carried out in a laboratory featuring a new shocktube apparatus. This topic represents an important and unresolved problem in fluid mechanics. It is relevant to problems in a variety of settings, including the overturn of supernova cores, reactive and non-reactive mixing processes in industrial settings, and laser-implosion of microtargets in inertial-confinement fusion experiments.
Assistant Professor Luke J. Mawst, electrical and computer engineering, will study aluminum-free vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs) for reliable, high-single-mode output power. The use of Al-free materials allows for novel high-power laser sources to be developed, which are not possible with conventional aluminum containing semiconductor materials.
These sources will enable high-speed laser printing, high-speed optical fiber data transmission, and Digital Video Disc (DVD) technology. The work will also integrate III/V compound semiconductor device design principles and fabrication into the undergraduate course curriculum.
NSF established the awards to help scientists and engineers develop simultaneously their contributions to research and education early in their careers. CAREER funds are awarded by the federal agency to junior-level faculty at colleges and universities.