8 Engineering faculty win NSF CAREER awards in 2023-24

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Between 2023-24, eight Notre Dame faculty in the College of Engineering received National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) awards in recognition of their potential as innovators, both in research and education. CAREER awards come with five years of financial support.

Notre Dame Engineering faculty were given awards to carry out the following projects:

Professor Paola Crippa

Paola Crippa, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and earth sciences, with a joint appointment in applied and computational mathematics and statistics, is developing a new modeling framework to improve predictions of atmospheric processes.

Professor Adam Czajka

Adam Czajka, associate professor of computer science and engineering, is making biometric methods more reliable, particularly in detecting new forms of fraudulent data.

Siddharth Joshi

Siddharth Joshi, assistant professor of computer science and engineering, is creating next-generation autonomous intelligent systems capable of performing tasks without direct human control.

Jonathan MacArt

Jonathan MacArt, assistant professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering, is creating a mathematical and software framework to help develop high-efficiency, low-emission engines. 

Kai Ni

Kai Ni, assistant professor of electrical engineering, is improving computing memory and the energy efficiency of computing performance through the use of ferroelectric materials.

Matthew Rosenberger

Matthew Rosenberger, assistant professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering, will develop innovative, cost-effective techniques for using the atomic force microscope — a nanoscale imaging tool — to better understand the mechanical, electronic and chemical properties of nanomaterials.

Yichun Wang

Yichun Wang, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, will investigate chirality, a type of molecular asymmetry that can significantly influence the behavior of nanoparticles used in nanotherapeutics.

Matthew Zahr

Matthew Zahr, assistant professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering, will develop new theoretical and mathematical approaches to create reliable and accurate simulations of shock-dominated turbulent flow.

Each CAREER award project includes an educational component—coursework, presentations and activities—that draws from the recipient’s research and benefits populations outside the university.

— Karla Cruise, Notre Dame Engineering