CORVALLIS, Ore. - Eight young faculty members in the College of Engineering at Oregon State University have received $4.3 million in prestigious awards for their teaching or research initiatives.

Six faculty received National Science Foundation CAREER awards totaling $3.3 million, which support young faculty members who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research and excellent education. Two other faculty received awards totaling $1 million through the Office of Naval Research Young Investigators Program, which are made to junior faculty showing exceptional promise for creative research.

The recipients of NSF CAREER awards include:

  • Ravi Balasubramanian, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, for his research proposal, "Restoring Musculoskeletal Function by Designing Implantable Passive Mechanisms."
  • Daniel Dig, assistant professor of computer science, for his research proposal, "Program Analysis and Transformations of Asynchrony."
  • Devlin Montfort, assistant professor of environmental engineering, for his research proposal, "Personal Epistemology in Engineering Education."
  • Arun Natarajan, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, for his research proposal, "Scalable MIMO Spatial Filtering and Synchronization for Heterogeneous Wireless Networks."
  • Stephen Ramsey, assistant professor of computer science and biomedical sciences, for his research proposal, "Deciphering the human regulome: omics-based analysis of intergenic genotype-to-trait associations, made accessible and powerful."
  • Karl Schilke, assistant professor of bioengineering, for his research proposal, "High-Density Non-Fouling Bioactive Coatings for Processing of Biological Fluids."

The 2016 ONR Young Investigators include:

  • David Blunck, assistant professor of thermal-fluid science, for his research proposal, "Ignition, Deflagration and Detonation Behavior of Fuel and Oxidizer Mixed with Combustion Products."
  • Yiğit Mengüç, assistant professor of robotics, for his research proposal, "Soft Marine Robotics with Cephalopod-Inspired Dynamic Motion Primitives and Electroactive Fluidic Sensing and Actuation."

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