Making an Impact Around the World

13 of our faculty members have received national recognition in the past 3 years

Minghui Zheng.

Minghui Zheng

Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Year joined UB:
 2017
Award amount:
 $571,087
Award year: 2021

"Facilitating Autonomy of Robots Through Learning-Based Control"

Souma Chowdhury.

Souma Chowdhury

Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Year joined UB:
 2016
Award amount:
 $500,000
Award year: 2021

"Automated Design of Decentralized Robust and Explainable Swarm Systems"

Weihang Wang.

Weihang Wang

Department: Computer Science and Engineering
Year joined UB:
 2018
Award amount:
 $500,000
Award year: 2021

This project addresses the technical boundaries that exist in complex web applications and the creation of a scientific foundation for understanding, analyzing, and debugging them that involves diverse languages and multiple parties.

Frank Lagor.

Frank Lagor

Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Year joined UB:
 2018
Award amount:
 $450,000
Award year: 2020

Towards Real-Time, 3D Coherent Structure Estimation for Flow Over Finite Wings

photo of Huamin Li.

Huamin Li

Department: Electrical Engineering
Year joined UB:
 2017
Award amount:
 $500,000
Award year: 2020

Investigating novel quantum nanoelectronic devices that can operate with faster switching speeds and less energy consumption.

Ashlee Ford Versypt.

Ashlee Ford Versypt

Department: Chemical and Biological Engineering
Year joined UB:
 2020
Award amount:
 $550,000
Award year: 2019

Multiscale modeling of a virtual kidney during the onset and progression of diabetic kidney disease.

Hongxin Hu.

Hongxin Hu

Department: Computer Science and Engineering
Year joined UB:
 2020
Award amount:
 $500,000
Award year: 2019

Towards elastic security with safe and efficient network security function virtualization.

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.

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 Shi Li.

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 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 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 national award-winning junior faculty are among the most promising and talented researchers in the country.

With recognition from highly competitive federal research programs such as the National Science Foundation CAREER Award Program and the Department of Defense Young Investigator Programs, they are building a foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research.

What is a National Science Foundation 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.

What are Department of Defense Young Investigator Program Awards?

The Department of Defense offers early career research awards through the Air Force, Army and Navy. Known as the Young Investigator Program (YIP), the awards support academic scientists who have received a PhD or equivalent degree within the last five years and who show exceptional promise for doing creative research.

NSF CAREER Award Recipients

Minghui Zheng.
Minghui Zheng

Facilitating Autonomy of Robots Through Learning-Based Control 
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Award year: 2021

Souma Chowdhury.
Souma Chowdhury

Automated Design of Decentralized Robust and Explainable Swarm Systems (ADDRESS)
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Award year: 2021

Weihang Wang.
Weihang Wang

Cross-Boundary Program Analyses for Web Applications 
Department: Computer Science and Engineering
Award year: 2021

Huamin Li.
Huamin Li

Toward sub-60-mV/decade steep transistors using Dirac-source carrier injection and high-mobility 2D monochalcogenides 
Department: Electrical Engineering
Award year: 2020

Karthik Dantu.
Karthik Dantu

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

Karthik Dantu.
Ashlee Ford Versypt

Multiscale Modeling of a Virtual Kidney during the Onset and Progression of Diabetic Kidney Disease
Department: Chemical and Biological and Engineering
Award year: 2019

Hongxin Hu.
Hongxin Hu

Towards Elastic Security with Safe and Efficient Network Security Function Virtualization
Department: Computer Science and 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

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

Jing Gao.
Jing Gao

Mining Reliable Information from Crowdsourced Data
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

Miao Yu.
Miao Yu

A Few Layer Thin, Graphene-Based Membranes: Nanostructure Understanding, Permeation Mechanisms and Separation Applications
Department: Chemical and Biological 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

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

Siwei Lyu.
Siwei Lyu

A New Statistical Framework for Natural Images with Applications in Vision
Department: Computer Science and Engineering
Award year: 2010

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

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

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

DOD Young Investigator Award Recipients

Frank Lagor.
Frank Lagor

Towards Real-Time, 3D Coherent Structure Estimation for Flow Over Finite Wings 
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Agency: U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research
Award year: 2020

James Chen.
James Chen

A Multiscale Morphing Continuum Analysis on Energy Cascade of Compressible Turbulence 
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Agency: U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research
Award year: 2017

Brandon Choi.
Jun Hwan (Brandon) Choi

Adaptable Compressed Jaumann Absorber for Harsh and Dynamic Electromagnetic Environments 
Department: Electrical Engineering
Agency: U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research
Award year: 2017

Matthew Bolton.
Matthew Bolton

Preventing Complex Failures of Human Interactive Systems with Erroneous Behavior Generation and Robust Human Task Behavior Patterns
Department: Industrial and Systems Engineering
Agency: U.S. Army Research Laboratory
Award year: 2015

Shenqiang Ren.
Material Design and Assembly towards Conducting Crystals

Material Design and Assembly towards Conducting Crystals
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Agency: U.S. Army Research Laboratory
Award year: 2014

Marina Blanton.
Marina Blanton

A Comprehensive Toolset for General-Purpose Private Computing and Outsourcing 
Department: Computer Science and Engineering
Agency: U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research
Award year: 2013

Matthew Ringuette.
Matthew Ringuette

Flapping-Wing Propulsion Characterized Using Optimal Vortex Formation 
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Agency: U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research
Award year: 2010