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.