Four BU Engineering Professors Receive NSF Career Awards

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced the recipients of this year NSF CAREER Award. Among this distinguished group were four faculty members from the College of Engineering at Boston University. They are Professors Todd Murray, Assad Oberai, Enrico Bellotti, and Venkatesh Saligrama. The NSF CAREER Award program supports the best and brightest young American academic researchers for the exceptional promise they show for outstanding research and teaching careers.

Todd Murray, Assistant Professor in the department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, received his award for his proposal entitled CAREER: Integrated Research and Education in Nano and Microscale Photoacoustic and Photothermal Microscopy. Professor Murray and his research group will be studying the laser generation of thermal and acoustic waves in complex materials systems, and developing new experimental tools for nanoscale materials characterization. The award also provides support for several educational initiatives including the development and implementation of the Learning Experiences for New Scientists (LENS) program, an education outreach program targeted at local middle school students. This CAREER project is affiliated with the newly formed Center for Nanoscience and Nanobiotechnology at Boston University.

Assad Oberai, also an Assistant Professor in the department Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering received his award for his proposal entitled New Directions in the Variational Multiscale Formulation of Large Eddy Simulation.  This is the second very prestigious award for Assad this year. He also received a Department of Energy Early Career Principal Investigator Award for his work on modeling highly nonlinear, complex phenomena that exhibit multiple spatial and temporal scales.

Enrico Bellotti, Assistant Professor in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering received his award for his proposal entitled “Theoretical Investigation of Single Photon Detectors for Quantum Technology: A Nano-structure Devices Approach.” Professor Bellotti’s research interests include computational electronics, semiconductor materials and device simulations, power electronics, and parallel computing.  He is also the recipient of a 2003 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator award.

Venkatesh Saligrama, is also an Assistant Professor in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering received his award for his proposal entitled “A Systems Approach to Networked Decision Making in Uncertain Environments.”  His research interests include information and control theory, statistical signal processing, and applications to sensor networks  In 2003, Saligrama received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), which is the highest honor given by the U.S. government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent careers.