MSE Assistant Professor Ashwin Shahani wins the AFOSR Young Investigator Research Award

MSE Assistant Professor Ashwin Shahani wins the AFOSR Young Investigator Research Award

Assistant Professor Ashwin Shahani

Ashwin Shahani, Assistant Professor in MSE, has just been awarded a Young Investigator Research Award from Air Force Office of Scientific Research for his proposal on Chiral Metamaterials by Design.

Ashwin joined MSE last fall after completing his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 2016.

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research recently announced that it will award approximately $19.1 million in grants to 43 scientists and engineers from 37 research institutions and small businesses who submitted winning research proposals through the Air Force's Young Investigator Research Program.

The YIP is open to scientists and engineers at research institutions across the U.S. who received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last five years and who show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research.

The objective of this program is to foster creative basic research in science and engineering, enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators, and increase opportunities for the young investigators to recognize the Air Force mission and the related challenges in science and engineering.

This year, AFOSR received over 285 proposals in response to the AFOSR YIP broad agency announcement solicitation, BAA-AFRL-2017-0002. These technical areas included: Aerospace Materials for Extreme Environments, Aerothermodynamics, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Biophysics, Computational Cognition and Machine, Computational Mathematics, Data Driven Applications Systems, Dynamics and Control, Dynamics Materials and Interactions, Electromagnetics and Sensing, Surveillance and Navigation, Energy Conversion and Combustion Sciences, Flow Interactions and Control, GHz-THz Electronics, Human Performance and Biosystems, Information Operations and Security, Laser and Optical Physics, Low Density Materials, Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials and Microsystems, Molecular Dynamics and Theoretical Chemistry, Multi-Scale Structural Mechanics and Prognosis, Natural Materials and Systems, Optimization and Discrete Mathematics, Optoelectronics and Physics, Organic Materials Chemistry, Quantum Electronic Solids, Quantum Information Science, Remote Sensing and Imaging, Science of Information, Computation and Fusion, Space Power and Propulsion, Software and Systems, Test and Evaluation, and Turbulence and Transition.

AFOSR program officers select proposals based on the evaluation criteria listed in the BAA. Those selected will receive the grant over a 3-year period totaling $450,000.