Three ONAMI Members, Researchers at OSU, Receive Prestigious CAREER Awards

March 23 2012

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Four Oregon State University faculty—three of them members of the ONAMI research community—have received National Science Foundation CAREER Awards, which support emerging scholars and educators.

The CAREER award is the agency’s most prestigious award for new faculty members, and provides funding to recognize and support the early career development activities of academic leaders of the future.

The awards were made to Brady Gibbons, an assistant professor in materials science and mechanical engineering; and Adam Higgins, an assistant professor in bioengineering; Ethan Minot, an assistant professor of physics; and Patrick Chiang, an assistant professor in electrical and computer engineering;

The ONAMI Career Award recipients are shown at right, along with the links to their individual ONAMI researcher profile pages.

Gibbons, who received his doctorate from the Pennsylvania State University, is developing new environmentally benign materials that can be used for a variety of sensing and actuation applications such as sonar, ultrasound, and energy harvesting. He is also examining materials for novel cooling devices and energy storage.

Higgins, who has a doctoral degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology, is developing microfluidic technologies for cryopreservation of cell-based therapeutics, that could improve treatment of a wide variety of illnesses ranging from neurodegenerative diseases to cancer.

Minot received his doctorate from Cornell University, and studies the use of carbon nanotubes and other devices in work ranging from energy conversion to molecular biology and medical diagnostics. His award will focus on improved control of the optical and electronic properties of carbon nanotubes.

Chiang, who has a doctoral degree from Stanford University, investigates circuit and system-level techniques to improve the energy efficiency of advanced electronics, with such applications as wearable sensors that can provide continuous biological monitoring to improve healthy aging.

(This information is adapted from the original OSU press release by Thuy Tran and David Stauth.)

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