Making an Impact Around the World

In the last 2 years, 6 of our faculty members have received NSF CAREER awards.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

Iman Borazjani
Iman Borazjani

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

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