Faculty Awards

The National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation is an independent U.S. government agency responsible for promoting science and engineering through programs that invest over $3.3 billion per year in almost 20,000 research and education projects in science and engineering.


The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program encourages the integration of education and research by faculty in the early phases of their academic careers. The program began in 1978 when the awards were then known as the Presidential Young Investigator Award or the Young Investigator Award. Today, the award supports junior faculty for approximately $50,000 a year for a five-year period.


The Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) was established in 1996 to honor the most promising beginning researchers in the nation within their fields. Eight federal departments and agencies, including the National Science Foundation, nominate those who show exceptional promise for leadership at the frontiers of scientific knowledge. The award is presented at a ceremony in the White House.

Woodruff School Faculty Awards given by NSF

Cyrus Aidun


Advances in Surface Processing and Thin-Film Liquid Cooling (1992 CAREER)

Antonia Antoniou  

Systematic Understanding and Control of the Mechanical Properties of Functionalized Nanoporous Metals (2014 CAREER)

Nazanin Bassiri-Gharb


Geometric Control of Flexoelectricity in Patterned Dielectric Thin Films (2013 CAREER)

Yves H. Berthelot


Generation and Detection of Sound and Vibration with Laser Beams (1988 CAREER)

Bert Bras


Integrated Product and De- and Remanufacture Process Design (1996 CAREER)

Baratunde Cola


Thermogalvanic Energy Conversion with Hybrid Nanostructures (2011 CAREER)

Baratunde Cola


Energy conversion, nanoscale transport and materials, and significant outreach and educational activities involving K-12 students and teachers from disadvantaged minority communities (2012 PECASE)

Jonathan S. Colton


Intelligent Design and Manufacturing Systems (1989 CAREER)

Suman Das


Solid Freeform Fabrication of Heterogeneous Multifunctional Devices (2003 CAREER)

Levent Degertekin


Quantitative Ultrasonic Atomic Force Microscopy of Thin Films and Subsurface Interfaces (2004 CAREER)

Brandon Dixon  

Multi-Scale Approaches to Quantify Biomechanical Control of Lymphatic Pump Function (2014 CAREER)

Alper Erturk  

Electroelastic Dynamics of Flexible Piezoelectric Composites for Enhanced Biomimetic Locomotion and Energy Harvesting (2013 CAREER)

Katherine  Fu   Characterizing Error Management Cognitive Bias in Design - A Path to Better Design (CAREER 2019)

Ken Gall


Micro-Nano Scale Deformation and Damage in Emerging Materials (2001 PECASE)

Andrés J. García


Hybrid Surfaces to Control Cell Adhesion and Function (2001 CAREER)

Srinivas Garimella


Binary-Fluid Absorption Heat and Mass Transfer in Wavy Films and Droplets (1999 CAREER)

Samuel Graham


Thermal Engineering of Nitride Semiconductors (2005 CAREER)

Caroline Genzale   Elucidating Fuel Spray Atomization Physics: Setting a Path for High-Efficiency Clean Combustion (2017 CAREER)

Tequila Harris


Understanding Mechanisms that Generate Defects in the Fabrication of Functional Materials for Energy Systems (2010 CAREER)

Mardi Hastings


Generation and Detection of Sound and Vibration with Laser Beams (1988 CAREER)

Marta Hatzell   The role of Nitrogen Photofixation on Agriculture and K12 Science (CAREER 2019)
David Hu  

Locomotion Through Particulate Environments by Invertebrates and Vertebrates (2013 CAREER)

Yuhang Hu   Mechanics and Physics at the Boundary Between Solid and Fluid: Probing the Thermodynamic and Kinetic Properties of Gels (2019 CAREER)

David N. Ku


Development of Accurate Noninvasive Angiography (1987 CAREER)

Kok-Meng Lee


High Performance Precision Motion Control (1989 CAREER)

Seung Woo Lee   Scalable Electrochemical Exfoliation and Functionalization of Two-Dimensional Atomic Layer Materials for Energy Storage (2018 CAREER)

Tim Lieuwen


Acoustic Radiation from Premixed Flames: Fundamentals and Diagnostic Applications (2001 CAREER)

Harvey Lipkin


Hybrid Control for Robotics (1987 CAREER)

YongTae (Tony) Kim   Integrated Microfluidic Systems for Scalable Manufacturing of Hybrid Nanoparticles for Drug Delivery (2017 CAREER)

David L. McDowell


Material Damage Under Cyclic Loading (1986 CAREER)

Matthew McDowell   Interfacial Transformations in Ceramic Ion Conductors for Solid-State Batteries (2017 CAREER)

G . Paul Neitzel


Studies in Hydrodynamic Stability (1984 CAREER)

Olivier Pierron  

Fundamental Investigation of Surface Fatigue Crack Initiation Mechanisms in Nanocrystalline FCC Metals (2013 CAREER)

H. Jerry Qi  

Integrative Research and Education on Multiphysical Behaviors of Soft Functional Materials (2007 CAREER)

Devesh Ranjan   Transition, Turbulence and Mixing in Shock-Accelerated Variable Density Flows at Extreme Conditions (CAREER 2013)
Jonathan Rogers   Causation in Dynamical Systems: Bridging the Gap Between Data Analytics and System Identification (2016 CAREER)
Sourabh Saha   Rapid Manufacture of Three-Dimensional Nanostructures for Nano-enabled Devices Using Projection Two-Photon Lithography (2020 CAREER)
Ankur Singh   Dynamic Living Hydrogel Networks for Spatio-Temporal Control of Call Signaling (2020 CAREER)

Suresh Sitaraman


Implantable Medical Devices: A Process-Modeling Approach to High Reliability and Miniaturization (1997 CAREER)

Marc K. Smith


The Finite-Amplitude Instability of Dynamic Thermocapillary Liquid Layers (1985 CAREER)

Jeffrey Streator


An Investigation of Adhesion and Shear in Ultra-Thin Lubricant Films (1992 CAREER)

Todd Sulchek


Understanding Multivalent Biological Bonds for Biosenssing Applications (2011 CAREER)

Yan Wang


Geometric Modeling for Computer-Aided Nano Design (2007 CAREER)

Levi Wood   Closing the Loop on Neuroinflammation (2020 CAREER)

Zhuomin Zhang


Spectral Directional Radiative Properties of Rough Si at Elevated Temperature (1999 PECASE)

Min Zhou


Modeling and Characterization of Microstructure-Induced Toughening in Ceramic Composites with Multiple Micro and Nano Size Scales (2000 CAREER)

Cheng Zhu


Cell Adhesion and Locomotion (1993 CAREER)