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Seven get NSF career development awards

Seven MIT professors have received fiscal 1998 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awards from the National Science Foundation. They are among 338 junior faculty nationwide to receive the grants, which range from $200,000 to $500,000 each for four to five years.

NSF established the CAREER awards to "help top-performing scientists and engineers develop simultaneously their contributions and commitment to research and education early in their careers." The MIT winners and the titles of their research projects are:

  • Assistant Professor Gill A. Pratt, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), "Active Orthotics for Helping the Neuromuscularly Impaired to Walk."
  • Assistant Professor Ismail Chabini, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), "High-Performance Computing and Network Optimization Methods with Applications to Intelligent Transportation Systems."
  • Assistant Professor John J. Leonard, Department of Ocean Engineering, "Dynamic Sonar Perception and Navigation."
  • Assistant Professor John B. Miller, CEE, "New Methods for the Analysis and Deployment of Sustainable Infrastructure Systems."
  • Assistant Professor Rajeev J. Ram, EECS, "Magnetic Force Microscopy of Electronic Circuits and Devices."
  • Assistant Professor Shi-Chang Wooh, CEE, "High-Speed Rail Track Condition Monitoring Sensors and Development of InteractiveLearning Modules in Nondestructive Evaluation Curriculum."
  • Assistant Professor Michael P. Brenner, Department of Mathematics, "Mathematics of Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations in Applying Techniques of Nonlinear Dyamics to Fluid Dynamics, Acoustics and Biophysics."

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on February 24, 1999.

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