Shahani receives 2nd Young Investigator Program Award

Shahani receives 2nd Young Investigator Program Award

Ashwin Shahani has been selected to receive a Young Investigator Program (YIP) award - his second this academic year.

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Ashwin Shahani! 

Shahani’s proposal "Abnormal Grain Growth in Four Dimensions” has been selected by Army Research Office (ARO) to receive a Young Investigator Program (YIP) award. This is his second YIP this academic year. The first, granted last fall from Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), was for his proposal on Chiral Metamaterials by Design. 

"I am thrilled to begin research on a longstanding problem in the materials community, regarding the precise role of particles on the motion of grain boundaries," Shahani said.  "Classical theories dating from the 1940’s and onwards suggest that particles constrict the migration of grain boundaries, but recent simulations and experiments suggest that instead particles may give rise to abnormally large grains in poly-crystals (in the absence of strain).  To resolve the debate, my team will harness new developments in in situ and laboratory-based X-ray imaging. Through our results, we will pinpoint the thermodynamic and kinetic factors that allow grain boundaries to navigate through a particle cloud.  This research has important implications for the controlled manufacture of strong and lightweight poly-crystalline alloys for next-generation army systems."

The ARO YIP awards are one of the most prestigious honors bestowed by the Army to outstanding scientists beginning their independent careers. The objective of the YIP is to attract outstanding young university faculty to pursue fundamental research in areas relevant to the Army, to support their research in these areas, and to encourage their teaching and research careers. Applicants must have received their PhD or equivalent degrees in the last five years and hold a tenure-track position. Shahani received his PhD in 2016 from Northwestern University.