Making an Impact Around the World

15 of our faculty members have received NSF CAREER awards in the past 3 years; 9 in 2019!

photo of Ning Dai.

Ning Dai

Department: Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering
Year joined UB:
 2014
Award amount:
 $503,517
Award year: 2017

Investigating how organic materials from algae form byproducts and developing strategies to prevent byproduct formation, ultimately creating more sustainable desalination and cleaner water.

Photo of Karthik Dantu.

Karthik Dantu

Department: Computer Science and Engineering
Year joined UB:
 2013
Award amount:
 $549,369
Award year: 2019

This research will develop computing solutions between the cloud and edge/mobile devices to enable more complex visual sensing on mobile/wearable devices for applications in augmented reality, virtual reality, face recognition, activity recognition and others.

Photo of Marco Gaboardi.

Marco Gaboardi

Department: Computer Science and Engineering
Year joined UB:
 2016
Award amount:
 $496,573
Award year: 2019

The research will develop novel formal verification techniques and tools that support formal reasoning by combining privacy, accuracy, and efficiency guarantees for both data analyses, and their implementations. The results will contribute to developing foundational methods for privacy-preserving technology that can benefit society by improving and promoting safer practices in handling private or sensitive data.

photo of Johannes Hachmann.

Johannes Hachmann

Department: Chemical and Biological Engineering
Year joined UB:
 2014
Award amount:
 $561,685
Award year: 2018

Building a cyberinfrastructure and developing the methodological foundations that make data-driven research a viable and widely accessible proposition for the chemical engineering research community.

photo of Josep Jornet.

Josep Jornet

Department: Electrical Engineering
Year joined UB:
 2013
Award amount:
 $546,182
Award year: 2019

Debunking myths about THz communication networks and proving the feasibility of ultra-fast wireless communications at THz frequencies.

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Oliver Kennedy

Department: Computer Science and Engineering
Year joined UB:
 2012
Award amount:
 $542,276
Award year: 2018

Using big data in decision-making requires a huge amount of guesswork and assumptions, sometimes resulting in wrong outcomes. This research will enable data management systems that can query and organize uncertain data, without being hard to use, resulting in a more transparent process.

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Shi Li

Department: Computer Science and Engineering
Year joined UB:
 2015
Award amount:
 $500,034
Award year: 2019

Leveraging cutting-edge techniques in mathematical programming to advance our understanding of scheduling dependent tasks over a collection of machines.

photo of Peter Liu.

Peter Liu

Department: Electrical Engineering
Year joined UB:
 2017
Award amount:
 $500,661
Award year: 2019

Combining the advantages of the emerging field of graphene plasmonics and the relatively mature platform of semiconductor heterostructures to develop new types of compact, tunable, cost-effective and versatile devices that emit light in the terahertz to mid-infrared spectral region.

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Nils Napp

Department: Computer Science and Engineering
Year joined UB:
 2014
Award amount:
 $498,619
Award year: 2019

Developing abstraction barriers with different amounts of physical detail, which can be combined to produce robots that reliably work in highly unstructured environments.

photo of Mostafa Nouh.

Mostafa Nouh

Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Year joined UB:
 2015
Award amount:
 $500,000
Award year: 2019

Tailoring the properties of metamaterials to fundamentally alter the way in which mechanical vibrations propagate a structural medium, so that they can be guided or steered to less vulnerable regions, forced to travel in one direction, or simply absorbed.

Photo of Lu Su.

Lu Su

Department: Computer Science and Engineering
Year joined UB:
 2014
Award amount:
 $508,860
Award year: 2017

Building a robust, reliable and secure computing framework for smart devices to operate on. The work will lead to greater security and economic efficiencies.

photo of Zhi Sun.

Zhi Sun

Department: Electrical Engineering
Year joined UB:
 2012
Award amount:
 $500,000
Award year: 2017

Developing a computing system — Metamaterial-inspired Networking (MetaNet) — that makes it possible for portable devices to work in extreme environments. The system may eventually be used for pollution monitoring, security, defense and other applications.

Photo of Lukasz Ziarek.

Lukasz Ziarek

Department: Computer Science and Engineering
Year joined UB:
 2012
Award amount:
 $499,999
Award year: 2018

New models for developing real-time systems are needed to dynamically define interactions between software components and the underlying system. This research is exploring how to use these models to develop reliable and predictable software for mobile systems, including personalized healthcare applications for interacting with wearable and implantable devices.

Photo of Jaroslaw Zola.

Jaroslaw Zola

Department: Computer Science and Engineering
Year joined UB:
 2014
Award amount:
 $487,569
Award year: 2019

Introducing a parallel framework of fundamental operations, like data management or scheduling of computations, to accelerate learning of probabilistic graphical models (PGMs).

photo of Chi Zhou.

Chi Zhou

Department: Industrial and Systems Engineering
Year joined UB:
 2013
Award amount:
 $500,000
Award year: 2019

Investigating a freeze nano 3D printing (FNP) approach through selectively freezing and in situ ice-templating of nanomaterials to fabricate multiscale, multifunctional porous structures.

Here at UB's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, we are attracting some of the world's brightest young researchers to the Buffalo Niagara region. Our CAREER Award winning junior faculty are among the most promising and talented researchers in the country. With recognition from the National Science Foundation, they are building a foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research.

What is a CAREER Award?

The CAREER Award is the National Science Foundation's most prestigious award in support of junior faculty. The awards are given to outstanding scientists who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through research, education, and the integration of education and research.

The award comes with a federal grant for research and education activities for five consecutive years. The National Science Foundation (NSF) grants these awards once a year. The reviewing, award and selection process is one of the most competitive within the NSF.

Recipients

Karthik Dantu.
Karthik Dantu

Enabling Seamless Vision Sensing in Cloud-Edge Systems
Department: Computer Science and Engineering
Award year: 2019

Marco Gaboardi.
Marco Gaboardi

Formal DP: Formally Verified, Private, Accurate and Efficient Data Analysis
Department: Computer Science and Engineering
Award year: 2019

Josep Jornet.
Josep Jornet

Realizing Ultra-Broadband Terahertz Communication Networks
Department: Electrical Engineering
Award year: 2019

Shi Li.
Shi Li

Approximate Scheduling Algorithms via Mathematical Relaxations
Department: Computer Science and Engineering
Award year: 2019

Peter Liu.
Peter Qiang Liu

Unconventional Mid-infrared and Terahertz Sources Employing Graphene Plasmonics and Intersubband Transitions in Quantum Wells
Department: Electrical Engineering
Award year: 2019

Nils Napp.
Nils Napp

Abstraction Barriers for Embodied Algorithms
Department: Computer Science and Engineering
Award year: 2019

Mostafa Nouh.
Mostafa Nouh

Metamaterials as Elastic Rectifiers: Exploiting the Non-reciprocal Mechanics of Time-Periodic Structures
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Award year: 2019

Chi Zhou.
Chi Zhou

3D Printing of Multiscale, Multifunctional Porous Structures by Selectively Freezing Multidimensional Nanomaterials
Department: Industrial and Systems Engineering
Award year: 2019

Jaroslaw Zola.
Jaroslaw Zola

Scalable Software and Algorithmic Infrastructure for Probabilistic Graphical Modeling
Department: Computer Science and Engineering
Award year: 2019

Johannes Hachmann.
Johannes Hachmann

Building an Advanced Cyberinfrastructure for the Data-Driven Design of Chemical Systems and the Exploration of Chemical Space
Department: Chemical and Biological Engineering
Award year: 2018

Oliver Kennedy.
Oliver Kennedy

Declarative Uncertainty
Department:Computer Science and Engineering
Award year: 2018

Lukasz Ziarek.
Lukasz Ziarek

Enabling Adaptable, Object Oriented, Real-time Systems
Department: Computer Science and Engineering
Award year: 2018

Ning Dai.
Ning Dai

Impacts of Marine Algal Blooms on Disinfection Byproduct Formation in Seawater Desalination
Department: Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering
Award year: 2017

Lu Su.
Lu Su

Building Reliable Network of Unreliable Things
Department: Computer Science and Engineering
Award year: 2017

Zhi Sun.
Zhi Sun

Towards Metamaterial-inspired Networking for Wireless Devices in Extreme Environments
Department: Electrical Engineering
Award year: 2017

Paul Bauman.
Paul Bauman

Cyberinfrastructure for Realizing Predictions with Uncertainty using Computational Modeling, Data, and Bayesian Inference
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Award year: 2016

Jing Gao.
Jing Gao

Mining Reliable Information from Crowdsourced Data
Department: Computer Science and Engineering
Award year: 2016

Dimitrios Koutsonikolas.
Dimitrios Koutsonikolas

A Millimeter-Wave Multi-Layer WLAN Architecture for Multi-Gigabit, Always-On Connectivity
Department: Computer Science and Engineering
Award year: 2016

Jonathan Lovell.
Jonathan Lovell

Optically Programmed Membrane Permeabilization
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Award year: 2016

Haiqing Lin.
Haiqing Lin

SusChEM: Design and Discovery of Polymers with Pendant Rings for Membrane Gas Separations
Department: Chemical and Biological Engineering
Award year: 2016

Shenqiang Ren.
Shenqiang Ren

Rare-Earth-Free All Ferrous Nanomagnets Towards High Energy Density
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Award year: 2015

Steven Ko.
Steven Ko

Systems for Transparency in Personal Devices and Services
Department: Computer Science and Engineering
Award year: 2014

Davis Salac.
David Salac

Electrohydrodynamics of Vesicles
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Award year: 2013

Kui Ren.
Kui Ren

Secure and Privacy-assured Data Service Outsourcing in Cloud Computing
Department: Computer Science and Engineering
Award year: 2012

Mettupalayam Sivaselvan.
Mettupalayam Sivaselvan

Robust Computational and Experimental Simulation of Mechanical Systems under Extreme Events
Department: Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering
Award year: 2012

Lei Ying.
Leslie (Lei) Ying

Compressed Sensing Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Award year: 2012

Tevfik Kosar.
Tevfik Kosar

Data-aware Distributed Computing for Enabling Large-scale Collaborative Science
Department: Computer Science and Engineering
Award year: 2011

Sheldon Park.
Sheldon Park

Yeast-based disulfide trapping for engineering selective inhibitors of a protein kinase
Department: Chemical and Biological Engineering
Award year: 2011

Atri Rudra.
Atri Rudra

Efficient Computation of Approximate Solutions
Department: Computer Science and Engineering
Award year: 2009

Murat Demirbas.
Murat Demirbas

An In-Network Collaboration and Coordination Framework for Wireless Sensor Actor Networks
Department: Computer Science and Engineering
Award year: 2008

Jinhui Xu.
Jinhui Xu

Efficient Geometric Techniques for Problems Arising in Cardiovascular Intervention Procedures
Department: Computer Science and Engineering
Award year: 2005

Paul DesJardin.
Paul DesJardin

High Fidelity Numerical Modeling and Simulation of Fire Suppression
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Award year: 2004

Hung Ngo.
Hung Ngo

Designs and Analyses of WDM Switching Architectures
Department: Computer Science and Engineering
Award year: 2004

Jeffrey Errington.
Jeffrey Errington

Connecting Structural Order to Thermodynamic and Kinetic Properties of Aqueous Solutions A Research and Education Program
Department: Chemical and Biological Engineering
Award year: 2003

Albert Titus.
Albert Titus

Modularized Silicon-based Neuromorphic Visual Processing Systems Implemented in Analog VLSI
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Award year: 2001

Stelios Andreadis.
Stelios Andreadis

Quantitative Studies of the Rate-Limiting Steps of Retroviral Production and Transduction to Achieve High Levels of Gene Transfer to In Vitro Skin Equivalents
Department: Chemical and Biological Engineering
Award year: 2000

Ann Bisantz.
Ann Bisantz

Studies of Decision Making in Complex, Dynamic Environments
Department: Industrial and Systems Engineering
Award year: 2000

Paschalis Alexandridis.
Paschalis Alexandridis

Self-Organization of Amphiphilic Block Copolymers for the Preparation of Highly Ordered Materials A Research and Education Program
Department: Chemical and Biological Engineering
Award year: 1999

Kemper Lewis.
Kemper Lewis

Development of Design Decision Support Methods for Large-Scale Systems
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Award year: 1999

Hui Meng.
Hui Meng

Program New Approaches of Holographic Particle Velocimetry for Studying Turbulence
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Award year: 1999

Aidong Zhang.
Aidong Zhang

Consistent and Robust Retrieval, Transmission and Presentation of Multimedia Data
Department: Computer Science and Engineering
Award year: 1998

Abani Patra.
Abani Patra

Integrated Research and Education in the use of HPC for Realistic Simulations
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Award year: 1997

Cyrus Madnia.
Cyrus Madnia

Career Development Program
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Award year: 1996