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Following are recent winners of the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The award, given to faculty members at the beginning of their careers, places emphasis on high-quality research and novel education initiatives, and is one of the NSF’s most competitive and prestigious awards. (See article this issue)

Mohammed Zaki, assistant professor of computer science, was awarded a five-year, $300,000 grant for his SPIDER (Scalable, Parallel, and Interactive Data Mining and Exploration at Rensselaer) project in which he creates novel data-mining techniques for bioinformatics, materials informatics, and astronomy.

Shekhar Garde, assistant professor of chemical engineering, received a five-year, $374,965 grant to develop computer simulation tools for understanding and modeling how biological molecules self-assemble in water-based solutions. In part, the NSF grant will help Garde generate an extensive computerized library of water-induced interactions between various protein constituents.

Christopher Carothers, assistant professor of computer science, received a five-year, $375,000 grant to study reverse computation in the simulation and modeling of large-scale networks. His research will lead to more effective Internet traffic management and congestion control.

Pawel Keblinski, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, and a leader of Rensselaer’s nanotechnology modeling team, will use his $300,000 five-year grant to model the effect of interfaces on mechanical properties of polycrystalline diamond. Understanding the role of interfaces on mechanical properties, such as hardness and durability, is essential to designing materials.

Yuri Lvov, assistant professor of mathematics, received a $350,000 five-year grant to improve weak turbulence theory, which predicts how energy in complex systems such as the ocean will behave over time. He also received a prestigious Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research. His $300,000 three-year grant from the ONR will be more specific to ocean research, particularly to surface ocean waves.

Rensselaer Magazine: March 2002
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