Making an Impact Around the World

In the last 2 years, 8 of our faculty members have received NSF CAREER awards.

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.

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.

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.

Paul Bauman

Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Year joined UB:
 2014
Award amount:
 $499,306
Award year: 2016

Developing cyberinfrastructure that improves computer models and enables scientists to better design experiments.

Jing Gao

Department: Computer Science and Engineering
Year joined UB:
 2012
Award amount:
 $500,613
Award year: 2016

Developing new systems to accurately mine data from mobile devices, social media and other online platforms to provide inexpensive, sustainable and large-scale solutions that improve the efficiency and cost of transportation, health care and other industries.

Dimitrios Koutsonikolas

Department: Computer Science and Engineering
Year joined UB:
 2011
Award amount:
 $555,385
Award year: 2016

Developing next generation Wi-Fi and cellular networks that aim to solve wireless traffic jams. In particular, developing networks that take advantage of unoccupied, higher frequency bands that provide an opportunity to greatly increase the rate in which wireless data is shared.

Haiqing Lin

Department: Chemical and Biological Engineering
Year joined UB:
 2013
Award amount:
 $500,000
Award year: 2016

Developing a polymer-based membrane to remove carbon dioxide from gasified coal before its combustion. The membrane could ultimately help lessen the impact of burning coal, an abundant natural resource in the United States and elsewhere, on climate change.

Jonathan Lovell

Department: Biomedical Engineering
Year joined UB:
 2012
Award amount:
 $400,000
Award year: 2016

Creating safer and more efficient ways to control the delivery of medicine inside the body by developing tiny sacs that carry drugs to their intended destination and open up when triggered by light. The method shows great promise for delivering concentrated doses of medicine and limiting side effects.

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.

Previous Recipients

Iman Borazjani

Fluid-Structure Interaction in Biological Flows
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Award year: 2015

Steven Ko

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

David Salac

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

Kui Ren

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

Mettupalayam Sivaselvan

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

Leslie (Lei) Ying

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

Tevfik Kosar

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

Sheldon Park

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

Atri Rudra

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

Murat Demirbas

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

Jinhui Xu

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

Paul DesJardin

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

Hung Ngo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hui Meng

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

Aidong Zhang

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

Abani Patra

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

Cyrus Madnia

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