AFOSR Awards Grants to 58 Scientists and Engineers through its Young Investigator Research Program

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research today announced that it will award approximately $20.8 million in grants to 58 scientists and engineers from 41 research institutions and small businesses who submitted winning research proposals through the Air Force’s Young Investigator Research Program (YIP).

The YIP is open to scientists and engineers at research institutions across the United States who received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last five years and who show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research.

The objective of this program is to foster creative basic research in science and engineering, enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators, and increase opportunities for the young investigators to recognize the Air Force mission and the related challenges in science and engineering.

This year AFOSR received over 230 proposals in response to the AFOSR broad agency announcement solicitation. These technical areas included: Aerospace Materials for Extreme Environments, Aerothermodynamics, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Biophysics, Computational Cognition and Machine, Computational Mathematics, Data Driven Applications Systems, Dynamics and Control, Dynamics Materials and Interactions, Electromagnetics and Sensing, Surveillance and Navigation, Energy Conversion and Combustion Sciences, Flow Interactions and Control, GHz-THz Electronics, Human Performance and Biosystems, Information Operations and Security, Laser and Optical Physics, Low Density Materials, Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials and Microsystems, Molecular Dynamics and Theoretical Chemistry, Multi-Scale Structural Mechanics and Prognosis, Natural Materials and Systems, Optimization and Discrete Mathematics, Optoelectronics and Physics, Organic Materials Chemistry, Quantum Electronic Solids, Quantum Information Science, Remote Sensing and Imaging, Science of Information, Computation and Fusion, Space Power and Propulsion, Software and Systems, Test and Evaluation, and Turbulence and Transition.

AFOSR program officers select proposals based on the evaluation criteria listed in the broad agency announcement. Those selected will receive the grant over a 3 year period.

The recipients and their anticipated research areas are:

• Dr. Jonathan Boreyko, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Planar Bridging-Droplet Thermal Diodes

• Dr. Jeremy Bos, Michigan Technical University, Imaging Theory and Mitigation in Extreme Turbulence-Induced Anisoplanatism

• Dr. James Chen, Kansas State University, A Multiscale Morphing Continuum Analysis on Energy Cascade of Compressible Turbulence

• Dr. Qian Chen, University of Illinois – Urbana – Champaign, Understanding the “Mission Versatility” of Membrane Proteins via Nanoscopic Imaging

• Dr. Jun Choi, Syracuse University, Adaptable Compressed Jaumann Absorber for Harsh and Dynamic Electromagnetic Environments

• Dr. Sukwon Choi, Pennsylvania State University, Thermal/Mechanical Investigation of Ultra-Wide Bandgap Materials and Devices

• Dr. Jiun-Haw Chu, University of Washington, New Superconductors near Broken Rotational Symmetry Instabilities

• Dr. Saptarshi Das, Pennsylvania State University, Investigation of Scalability and Reliability of Contacts to Two Dimensional Layered Semiconductors

• Dr. Nathalie de Leon, Princeton University, Systematic Search for New Color Centers in Diamond for Quantum Technologies

• Dr. Parag Deotare, University of Michigan, Nanoscale Exciton-Mechanical Systems (NEXMS)

• Dr. Finale Doshi-Velez, Harvard College, Generating Multiple Hypotheses in Non-negative Matrix Factorization and Related Linear Models

• Dr. Hadi Esmaeilzadeh, Georgia Tech Research Corporation, Accelerated System Design for Perception and Control in Energy-Constrained UAVs

• Dr. Sanjam Garg, University of California – Berkeley, Cryptography for Big Data

• Dr. Maryam Ghazisaeidi, Ohio State University, Electronic Structure Basis for Solubility and Phase Stability in Metal Alloys

• Dr. Joel Harley, University of Utah, Predictive, Model-Assisted Guided Wave Structural Health Monitoring

• Dr. Marcus Holzinger, Georgia Tech Research Corporation, Dynamic Data Driven Electro-Optical Sensor Detection, Tracking, and Multi-Objective Control

• Dr. Yongjie Hu, University of California – Los Angeles, Ultrafast Energy Diagnostics and Deterministic Design of Nano-Architectures for Self-Resilient Plasma Materials

• Dr. Yuhang Hu, University of Illinois – Urbana – Champaign, Tough Gel: A Perfect Platform for Designing Chemomechano-chemically Responsive Multi-functional Materials

• Dr. Pinshane Huang, University of Illinois – Urbana – Champaign, Probing the Atomic Origins of Electronic States in Low Dimensional Materials and Interfaces

• Dr. Chen-Lung Hung, Purdue University, Long-Range Quantum Magnetism in Atom-Nanophotonic Hybrid Lattices

• Dr. B. Reeja Jayan, Carnegie Mellon University, Far-from-Equilibrium Structures and Processes using Electromagnetic Fields: Non-Thermal Effects

• Dr. Dong Jin, Illinois Institute of Technology, DDDAS-CRAFTS: A DDDAS-based Cyber-Resilient and Attack-Secure Framework for Trustworthy Industrial Control Systems

• Dr. Christopher Johnson, Stonybrook University, Probing Electronic Structure and Energy Transfer in Protected Metal Nanoparticles by Mass-Selective Spectroscopy

• Dr. Ross Knepper, Cornell University, Enabling Robust Persistent Autonomy in Robots

• Dr. George Konidaris, Brown University, Constructing Abstraction Hierarchies for Robust, Real-Time Control

• Dr. Daniel Krogstad, University of Illinois – Urbana – Champaign, Development of Ordered Nanocomposites through the use of Block Copolymer Self-Assembly and Additive Manufacturing

• Dr. Jean-Briac le Graverend, Texas A&M University, Microstructural Instabilities in Single Crystal Metals for Extreme Environments

• Dr. Javad Lavaei, University of California – Berkeley, Efficient Mathematical Methods for the Optimization of Large and Complex Systems

• Dr. Na Li, Harvard College, Distributed Coordination in Multi-Agent Networked Systems: Algorithms and Fundamental Limits

• Dr. Weiyang Li, Dartmouth College, Fundamental Studies on Next-Generation High-Energy and Low-Cost Sodium-Sulfur Batteries

• Dr. Guoliang Liu, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Nanoporous Carbon Fiber Based on Polyacrylonitrile-containing Block Copolymers: A Hierarchical, Multi-lengthscale

• Dr. Mitul Luhar, University of Southern California, Tunable Porous and Patterned Surfaces for Turbulence Control

• Dr. Robert Macfarlane, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, DNA-Programmed Epitaxy of Nanoparticle Superlattices

• Dr. Jay Mathews, University of Dayton, Development of GeSn Waveguide Lasers for SWIR and MWIR Applications

• Dr. Matthew McDowell, Georgia Tech Research Corporation, Reaction-Induced Sintering for Fabrication of Bulk Nanoporous and Composite Metals

• Dr. Owen Miller, Yale University, Fundamental Limits to Electromagnetic Response in Novel Platforms

• Dr. Rahul Nandkishore, University of Colorado – Boulder, Non-equilibrium Dynamics and Many Body Localization in Ultracold Atoms

• Dr. Brent Nannenga, Arizona State University, Structural Studies to Elucidate the Mechanisms of Biobased Nanoparticle Synthesis

• Dr. Roberto Palmieri, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Programming Extensions to Exploit Semantics in Concurrent Applications

• Dr. Dimitra Panagou, University of Michigan, From High-Level Task Specifications to Geometric Control via Lyapunov Abstractions

• Dr. Matthew Panthani, Iowa State University of Science and Technology, Group IV Quantum Dots for Integrated Photonics

• Dr. Srikanth Patala, North Carolina State University, A Machine-Learning Approach Towards Quantitative Structure-Property Relationships for Metallic Interfaces

• Dr. Emilie Ringe, Rice University, Tailoring of Opto-Electronic Properties of 2D Semiconductors via Defect Engineering

• Dr. Justin Sambur, Colorado State University, Super–Resolution Imaging of Charge Carrier Recombination and Transport in Ultrathin Liquid Junction Photovoltaics

• Dr. Michelle Sander, Boston University, Cell Membrane Dynamics in Infrared Nerve Stimulation and Blocking

• Dr. Soumik Sarkar, Iowa State University of Science and Technology, A Neural-Symbolic approach to Real-time Decision-making in Complex Aerospace Systems

• Dr. Hayden Schaeffer, Carnegie Mellon University, Sparse Modeling and Machine Learning for Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations

• Dr. John Schaibley, University of Arizona, Plasmonic Amplification through On-Chip, Four-Wave Mixing in Hybrid 2D Material Plasmonic Structures

• Dr. Shreyas Sen, Purdue University, Security and Conduction Properties of Interference-Robust Human Body Communication (IR-HBC) for Secure Remote Health Monitoring using Physiological Sensor Data

• Dr. Travis Sippel, Iowa State University of Science and Technology, Microwave Enhancement of Composite Solid Propellant Flames

• Dr. Kelly Stephani, University of Illinois – Urbana – Champaign, Fundamental Energy Transfer Mechanisms in High Temperature Phonon-mediated Gas-surface Interactions

• Dr. WaiChing Sun, Columbia University, Modeling the High-rate Responses of Wetted Granular Materials Across Scales and the Third-party Replicable Validation Exercises Utilizing 3D Printers

• Dr. Ali Tamijani, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Investigation of Load Path Based Topology Optimization

• Dr. Liping Wang, Arizona State University, Radiative Thermal Transport with Nanowire-Based Uniaxial Electromagnetic Metamaterials

• Dr. He Wang, University of Miami, Structure-Photophysics-Function Relationship of Perovskite Materials

• Dr. Wei Xiong, University of California – San Diego, Tracking Ultrafast Charge Dynamics in Energy Materials with Atomic Specificity

• Dr. Bingjun Xu, University of Delaware, Flameless Combustion of Hydrogen in UAVs Develop Efficient Anode Catalyst for Hydrogen Oxidation Reaction in Alkaline Media

• Dr. Mohsen Zayernouri, Michigan State University, Data-Infused Fractional PDE Modelling and Simulation of Anomalous Transport

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research Awards Grants to 59 Scientists and Engineers through its Young Investigator Research Program

In January 2016, The Air Force Office of Scientific Research awarded over $20 million in grants to 56 scientists and engineers from 41 research institutions and small businesses who submitted winning research proposals through the Air Force’s Young Investigator Research Program .

This update is to acknowledge three additional recipients of the YIP award increasing the number of awards to 59 totaling approximately $21.7 million.

The YIP is open to scientists and engineers at research institutions across the United States who received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last five years and who show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research.

The objective of this program is to foster creative basic research in science and engineering, enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators, and increase opportunities for the young investigators to recognize the Air Force mission and the related challenges in science and engineering.

AFOSR received over 265 proposals in response to the AFOSR YIP broad agency announcement solicitation in Engineering and Information Science and Physical and Biological Science research areas. These areas include: Engineering and Complex Systems, Information and Networks, Physical Sciences and Biological and Chemical Sciences. AFOSR officials select proposals based on the evaluation criteria listed in the broad agency announcement. Those selected will receive the grants over a three year period.

The award recipients and their anticipated research areas are:

· Dr. Adel Alaeddini, University of Texas – San Antonio, An Active Learning Methodology for Design and Optimization of Complex Expensive Tests

· Dr. Steven Anton, Tennessee Tech University, Continuous Real-Time State Monitoring in Highly Dynamic Environments

· Dr. Scott Baalrud, University of Iowa, Theory of Magnetized Ultracold Neutral Plasmas

· Dr. Xiaoli Bai, Rutgers University, Advanced Orbit Prediction for Resident Space Objects through Physics-based Learning

· Dr. Waseem Bakr, Princeton University, Single-atom Microscopy Of Dipolar Fermi Gases

· Dr. Sally Bane, Purdue University, Plasma-Enhanced Flames at Elevated Pressure

· Dr. Can Bayram, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Investigating Heteroepitaxy Principles and Transport Characteristics of Vertically-Integrated GaN-on-Graphene Heterostructures

· Dr. Nicholas Boechler, University of Washington, Materials with Designed Nonlinearities: Enabling A New Generation of Stress Wave Transformation

· Dr. Denys Bondar, Princeton University, Operational Dynamical Modelling: Towards Efficient Model-Building and Simulation of Complex Systems

· Dr. Philip Bradford, North Carolina State University,  Multifunctional Ultralow Density Structures Based on Aligned Carbon Nanotube Sheets

· Dr. James Burns, University of Virginia, “The Effect of High Altitude Environments on the Dislocation Structure Evolution During Fatigue Cracking of Legacy and Next Generation Aerospace Aluminum Alloys”

· Dr. Venkat Chandrasekaran, California Institute of Technology, Latent Variable Graphical Modeling for High-Dimensional Data Analysis

· Dr. Lunjin Chen, University of Texas – Dallas, Investigation of Wave Particle Interaction in the Earth’s Magnetosphere using Conjugated Observations

· Dr. Michael Chini, University of Central Florida, High-order Harmonic and Attosecond Spectroscopy in Materials

· Dr. Hugh Churchill, University of Arkansas – Fayetteville, Quantum Devices Based on Transition Metal Dichalcogenides

· Dr. Raghvendra Cowlagi, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Multiscale Dynamic Data-Driven Guidance and Control for Autonomous Vehicle Networks

· Dr. Neil Dasgupta, University of Michigan, Atomically-Precise Interfacial Modification of Low-Density Nanostructured Composites

· Dr. Jillian Dempsey, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, Controlled Assembly of Quantum Dot Heterostructures

· Dr. Yousong Ding, University of Florida, Engineering Biosystems for Aromatic Nitration

· Dr. Vivian Ferry,  University of Minnesota, Tunable Chiroptical Response In Metamaterial-nanocrystal Hybrid Systems

· Dr. Jessica Fox, Case Western Reserve University, Mechanosensory And Visual Integration For Fly Takeoff And Flight

· Dr. Hadi Ghasemi, University of Houston, Toward Bio-Inspired Smart Thermal Spreaders (BSTS)

· Dr. Ebenezer Gnanamanickam, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Exploiting the Non-linear Interactions within Wall Turbulence for Flow Control

· Dr. Ximin He, Arizona State University, Bioinspired Artificial Homeostatic Multifunctional Material Microsystems (AHM3) based on Self-sustaining Autonomic Adaptive Structures

· Dr. Marcus Hultmark, Princeton University, Theoretical and Experimental Characterization of Turbulent Heat Transfer in Compressible Flows

· Dr. Bharat Jalan, University of Minnesota, Ultra High-Density Complex Oxide Quantum Wells for Emerging THz Plasmonic Effects and Devices

· Dr. Sumit Jha, University of Central Florida, Faster: Formal Methods Based Computer-Aided Synthesis of STochastic inExact in-memoRy Computing Systems

· Dr. Taylor Johnson, University of Texas – Arlington, Reusable Formal Verification for Cyber-Physical Systems

· Dr. Thomas Juliano, University of Notre Dame,  Plasma-Actuated Flow Control of Hypersonic Crossflow-Induced Boundary-Layer Transition in a Quiet Tunnel

· Dr. Rehan Kapadia, University of Southern California, Optical Cavity Enhanced Electron Emitters

· Dr. Rebecca Kramer, Purdue University, Robotic Fabrics: Multifunctional Fabrics for Reconfigurable and Wearable Soft Systems

· Dr. Christina Lee, University of California – Berkeley,  The Role of the Background Solar Wind on SEP Events

· Dr. Somin Eunice Lee, University of Michigan, Sub-Diffraction Temperature Mapping of Protein Interconversions

· Dr. Daniel Licata, Wesleyan University, Software Verification with Directed Type Theory

· Dr. John Licato, Purdue University, Active Formalization Through Analogico-Deductive Reasoning

· Dr. Kin Fai Mak, Pennsylvania State University, Exploring Atomically Thin van der Waals Metals for Spintronics

· Dr. Tijana Milenkovic, University of Notre Dame,  Efficient Comparison of Multiple Complex Networks

· Dr. SungWoo Nam, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Reconfigurable, Corrugated Graphene Plasmonics

· Dr. Venkateswaran Narayanaswamy, North Carolina State University,  Investigation of shock Boundary Layer Interactions to Unravel the Physics of Unstart in Axisymmetric Inlets

· Dr. Nicholaus Parziale, Stevens Institute of Technology, Instantaneous Velocity Profiles of Wall-Bounded Shear Flows in Thermochemical Non-Equilibrium

· Dr. Philip Richerme,  Indiana University, Programmable 2D Arrays of Interacting Quantum Spins Using Trapped Ions

· Dr. Laurel Riek, University of Notre Dame, Trust Affordances in Human-Automation Teaming

· Dr. Alessandro Salandrino, University of Kansas Center for Research, Inc., Time-varying Metamaterials: Dynamic Transformation Optics and Parametric Phenomena

· Dr. Themistoklis Sapsis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Complementing Dynamical Equations with Data in Adaptive Reduced-order Subspaces

· Dr. Vishal Saxena, Boise State University, Realizing Large-Scale Integrated RF Photonic Signal Processing Systems

· Dr. Joseph Scott, Clemson University, Rapid and Accurate Uncertainty Propagation for Nonlinear Dynamic Systems By Exploiting Model Redundancy

· Dr. Javad Shabani, City University of New York, Epitaxial Superconductor-semiconductor Materials Systems for Quantum Computation

· Dr. Matthew Sheldon, Texas A&M University, Hot Electron Enhanced Thermionic Emission (HEETE) Converters for All-Metal Optical Power Generation

· Dr. Nicholas Stephanopoulos, Arizona State University, Peptide-DNA Tiles as Building Blocks for Complex Nanostructures

· Dr. Wenting Sun, Georgia Tech Research Corporation, Explosive Ozonolysis Reactions for Combustion Control

· Dr. Vivienne Sze, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,  Energy-Efficient High-Performance Computer Vision Systems

· Dr. Behrouz Touri, University of Colorado – Boulder, Structural Approach to Distributed Optimization

· Dr. Thomas Vidick, California Institute of Technology, Towards a secure quantum network

· Dr. Dashun Wang, Pennsylvania State University, Modeling and Predicting Individual Scientific Impact

· Dr. Yue Wang, Clemson University, Trust-based Human-Robot Collaboration (HRC) for High-Level Distributed Multi-Robot Motion Planning with Temporal  Logic Constraints

· Dr. Justin Wilkerson, University of Texas – San Antonio, A Multifunctional Materials-by-Design Approach to Ignition Desensitization

· Dr. Yu Yao, Arizona State University,  Mid-Infrared Laser Frequency Comb Generation Based on Ultrafast All-Optical Graphene-metasurface Modulators

· Dr. Andrea Young, University of California – Santa Barbara, Scanning Magnetometry of Low Dimensional Electronic Systems

· Dr. Zhibin Yu, Florida State University, Engineering Organometallic Hybrid Perovskite/Polymer Composites for New Generation Electro-Optics Manufacturing

For general information on the YIP program, contact afosryip@us.af.mil.@us.af.mil.

AFOSR awards grants to 57 scientists and engineers through its Young Investigator Research Program

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research today announced that it will award approximately $16.6 million in grants to 57 scientists and engineers from 43 research institutions and small businesses who submitted winning research proposals through the Air Force’s Young Investigator Research Program (YIP).

The YIP is open to scientists and engineers at research institutions across the United States who received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last five years and who show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research.

The objective of this program is to foster creative basic research in science and engineering, enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators, and increase opportunities for the young investigators to recognize the Air Force mission and the related challenges in science and engineering.

This year AFOSR received over 200 proposals in response to the AFOSR broad agency announcement solicitation in major areas of interest to the Air Force. These areas include: Dynamical Systems and Control, Quantum and Non-Equilibrium Processes, Information, Decision and Complex Networks, Complex Materials and Devices, and Energy, Power and Propulsion. AFOSR officials select proposals based on the evaluation criteria listed in the broad agency announcement. Those selected will receive the grants over a 3-year period.

The recipients and their anticipated research areas are:

  • Dr. Animashree  Anandkumar, University of California at Irvine, Learning Mixed Membership Community Models: A statistical and a Computational Framework
  • Dr. Phillip Ansell, University of Illinois – Champaign, The Onset of Dynamic Stall: Understanding Flowfield Unsteadiness to Enable Closed-Loop Control
  • Dr. Gaurav Bahl, University of Illinois – Champaign, Chip-Scale Linear Non-Reciprocal Optomechanical Systems
  • Dr. Lawrence Baker, The Ohio State University, Understanding the Mechanism of Catalytic Selectivity During Electrochemical CO2 Reduction Using Nonlinear Soft X-Ray Spectroscopy
  • Dr. Christopher Batten, Cornell University, Exploiting Amorphous Data Parallelism Through Software and Architecture Co-Design
  • Dr. Cosmin Blaga, The Ohio State University, Studies of Complex Systems in Intense, Ultrafast Mid-Infrared Laser Fields
  • Dr. Mark Blenner, Clemson University, Engineering Robust Enzyme Activity Through Fundamental Studies of Extremophile Enzymes
  • Dr. Yuejie Chi, The Ohio State University, Low-Complexity Inference Strategies for Large-Scale Data Streams
  • Dr. Shinung Ching, Washington University at St. Louis, Systems-Theoretic Analysis and Optimization of Biophysical Neuronal Networks
  • Dr. Girish Chowdhary, Oklahoma State University, Robust Adaptive Autonomy in Contested Environments
  • Dr. Srabanti Chowdhury, Arizona State University, Terahertz transistors based on hot electron transport in III-Nitrides and Zinc Oxide
  • Dr. John Christian, University of West Virginia, Estimation of Shape and Relative Motion for Partially Resolved Objects in Optically Acquired Imagery
  • Dr. Andrew Croll, North Dakota State University, Crumpled and Prescriptively Folded Polymer Films for Advanced Lightweight Materials
  • Dr. Paul Cuff, Princeton University, Performance-based Security for Encoding of Information Signals
  • Dr. Hyungrok Do, University of Notre Dame, Limits of Reactive Turbulent Flow Dynamics in Novel Next Generation
  • Dr. Dmitriy Drusvyatskiy, University of Washington, Exploiting Geometry and Degeneracy in Large Scale Structured Optimization
  • Dr. Jonathan Fan, Stanford University, Neuromorphic Infrared Nano-Optical Systems
  • Dr. Andrei Faraon, California Institute of Technology, On-chip Quantum Memories at Telecom Wavelengths Based on Er3+:YSO Nano-Photonic Resonators
  • Dr. Matthias Fuchs, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Next-Generation X-Ray Lightsource and First Applications
  • Dr. Qing Hao, University of Arizona, Transport  Property Studies of Structurally Modified Graphene
  • Dr. Jason Hicken, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Optimization of Complex Systems using Imperfect Data from Large-scale Simulations
  • Dr. Christopher Holbrook, University of California at Los Angeles, Group Bias and the Attribution of Mental Properties to Allies, Antagonists, and Automata
  • Dr. Shu-Wei Huang, University of California at Los Angeles, Sub-cycle Optical Pulse Synthesis and Stabilization in Next-Generation Optical Frequency Combs
  • Dr. Justin Jawarski, Lehigh University, Evolution and Stability of Vortical Gusts Impinging Upon Elastic Wings
  • Dr. Brendan Juba, Washington University at St. Louis, Algorithms for Identifying and Learning Under Conditional Distributions
  • Dr. Tim Kraska, Brown University,  Redefining Analytics for Small High-Performance Computing Clusters
  • Dr. Joseph Kuehl, Baylor University, The influence of multiple interacting primary modes and mode representation on hypersonic boundary-layer stability and transition prediction
  • Dr. Mrinal Kumar, University of Florida, A Unified Dynamic Information Guided Particle Framework
  • Dr. Wen Li, University of California at Los Angeles, Quantifying the physical processes affecting highly-relativistic electron dynamics in the Earth’s radiation belts and their relation to solar wind conditions
  • Dr. Nanshu Lu, University of Texas at Austin, Super-Expandable Adaptive Sensor Network Enabled by Piezoelectric Polymer Serpentines
  • Dr. Maiken Mikkelsen, Duke University, Tailoring Radiative Processes By Nanoengineering For Ultrafast Optoelectronic Devices
  • Dr. Arka Majumdar, University of Washington, Hybrid Silicon/Silica Photonics Platform for Low-Power Digital Optoelectronic Switching and Logic Devices
  • Captain Dustin Mixon, Air Force Institute of Technology, Sampling Theory for Modern Inverse Problems
  • Dr. Akil Narayan, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, Optimal and unstructured high-order non-intrusive approximations for uncertain parameterized simulations
  • Dr. Kelly Nash, The University of Texas at San Antonio, Nanotransducers as Remote Photoactivators to aid in Functional Cell Imaging and Photobiomodulation Applications
  • Dr. Kang-Kuen Ni, Harvard University, Ultracold Molecular Assembly and Quantum Chemistry
  • Dr. Jacqueline O’Connor, Pennsylvania State University, Structure and Dynamics of Highly Turbulent, Interacting Flames
  • Dr. Alex Olshevsky, University of Illinois-Champaign, Reliable Multi-Agent Control in Failure-Prone Environments via Inhomogeneous Markov Chains
  • Dr. Marco Panesi, University of Illinois-Champaign, A reduced-order modeling approach to enable kinetic simulations of non-equilibrium hypersonic flows
  • Dr. Robert Pilawa, University of Illinois-Champaign, Series-Stacked Computer Architectures – Leveraging Multi-Core Systems for Extreme Miniaturization of Mobile Computing Platforms
  • Dr. Pavana Prabhakar, University of Texas at El Paso, A Novel Multiscale Design of Interfaces for Polymeric Composites and Bonded Joints using Additive Manufacturing
  • Dr. Katharine Prigge, Monell Institute, Sensing and Detecting VOC’s in Sweat and Cerumen
  • Dr. Padmini Rangamani, University of California at San Diego, Nanopore formation in lipid bilayers: insights from electro-mechano-chemical modeling
  • Dr. Fabio Semperlotti, University of Notre Dame, Multi-Resolution Non Local Metastructures for the Passive Control of Broadband Non-Stationary Dynamics in Thin-Walled Structures
  • Dr. Paulo Shakarian, Arizona State University, Toward Anti-Inhibitory Influence of Online Social Networks
  • Dr. Robert Shepherd, Cornell University, Co-Continuous Metal-Elastomer Foam Actuators for Morphing Wing MAVs
  • Dr. Hjalti Sigmarsson, University of Oklahoma, Reconfigurable, High-Frequency Circuit Components using Phase Change Materials
  • Dr. Ashley Spear, University of Utah, 3-D Multi-Scale Modeling Combined with Machine Learning for a Novel Structural-Prognosis Framework
  • Dr. Yogesh Surendranath, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Molecular Tuning of Interfacial Electrocatalysis
  • Dr. Pablo Tarazaga, Virginia Tech, Adaptive Structural Vibrations for Multifaceted Motivity
  • Dr. Bozhi Tian, University of Chicago, Understanding the Bioelectric Aspects of Cytoskeletal Dynamics
  • Dr. Andreas Velten, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Super Resolution Remote Imaging using Time Encoded Remote Apertures
  • Dr. Stephen Webb, RadiaSoft LLC, High average power electron beams from a novel compact plasma wakefield accelerator
  • Dr. Aaron Welters, Florida Institute of Technology, On a Theory of Broadband Absorption Suppression in Magnetic Composites
  • Dr. Christopher Weinberger, Drexel University, Understanding the stability and microstructure of the zeta phase in transition metal carbides and nitrides
  • Dr. Shannon Yee, Georgia Institute of Technology, Tunable Multifunctional Organic Thermal and Thermoelectric Materials
  • Dr. Fuzhong Zhang, Washington University at St. Louis, A Bacterial Factory for the Manufacturing of High-Strength Materials

AFOSR awards $15.5 million in research grants

We announced our 2014 Young Investigator Research Program award winners!
Approximately $15.5 million in grants to 42 scientists and engineers from 32 research institutions who submitted winning research proposals through the Air Force’s Young Investigator Research Program (YIP).

The YIP is open to scientists and engineers at research institutions across the United States who received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last five years and who show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research.

The objective of this program is to foster creative basic research in science and engineering, enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators, and increase opportunities for the young investigators to recognize the Air Force mission and the related challenges in science and engineering.

This year AFOSR received 234 proposals in response to the AFOSR broad agency announcement solicitation in major areas of interest to the Air Force. These areas include: Dynamical Systems and Control, Quantum and Non-Equilibrium Processes, Information, Decision and Complex Networks, Complex Materials and Devices, and Energy, Power and Propulsion. AFOSR officials select proposals based on the evaluation criteria listed in the broad agency announcement. Those selected will receive the grants over a three-year period.

The recipients and their anticipated research areas are:

AFOSR awards grants to 48 scientists and engineers through its Young Investigator Research Program

We announced our 2012 Young Investigator Research Program award winners! Approximately $18 million in grants will be given to 48 scientists and engineers who submitted winning research proposals.

The YIP is open to scientists and engineers at research institutions across the United States who received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last five years and show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research.

The objective of this program is to foster creative basic research in science and engineering, enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators, and increase opportunities for the young investigators to recognize the Air Force mission and the related challenges in science and engineering.

This year AFOSR received 220 proposals in response to the AFOSR broad agency announcement solicitation in major areas of interest to the Air Force. These areas include: aerospace, chemical and material sciences; physics and electronics; and mathematics, information and life sciences. AFOSR officials select proposals based on the evaluation criteria listed in the broad agency announcement. Those selected will receive the grants over a 3 to 5-year period.

The recipients and their anticipated research areas are:

  • Pieter Abbeel, University of California, Berkeley, Apprenticeship Learning for Robotic Control
  • Kramer Akli, The Ohio State University, Toward A Table-top Laser-driven XUV/X-ray Source
  • Rae Anderson, University of San Diego, Elucidating the molecular dynamics, conformations, and interactions occurring in complex entangled biopolymer systems via novel single-molecule techniques
  • Zeb Barber, Montana State University, Synthetic Aperture Ladar Imaging and Atmospheric Turbulence
  • Jesse Barezovsky,  Case Western Reserve University, Coupling photonics and coherent spintronics for low-loss flexible optical logic
  • Riccardo Bevilacqua, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Propellant-free Spacecraft Relative Maneuvering via Atmospheric Differential Drag
  • Bryan Boudoris, Purdue University, Molecular Design and Device Application of Radical Polymers for Improved Charge Extraction in Organic Photovoltaic Cells
  • Paola Cappellaro, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Modular Paradigm for Scalable Quantum Information
  • James Caverlee, Texas A&M/Texas Engineering Experiment Station, Detecting, Analyzing, Modeling, and Predicting Strategic Manipulation and Adversarial Propaganda in Social Media
  • Zhilei Chen, Texas A&M/Texas Engineering Experiment Station, A self-assembling protein hydrogel technology for enzyme incorporation onto electrodes in biofuel cells
  • Stephen Chong, Harvard University, Integrating Programming Language and Operating System Information Security Mechanisms
  • Michael Clarkson, The George Washington University, Making Cybersecurity Quantifiable
  • Tanja Cuk, The University of California, Berkeley, In-Situ UV-VIS and IR Spectroscopy of Water Oxidation on Transition Metal Oxide Catalysts
  • Samantha Daly, University of Michigan, New Approach Towards Characterizing Microstructural Influence on Material Behavior Under Very High Cycle Fatigue
  • Kaushik Dayal, Carnegie Mellon University, A Multiscale Approach for Complex Functional Materials and Nanostructure