ECE Faculty: CAREER, PECASE and Young Investigator Awards

The National Science Foundation CAREER (formerly known as the Presidential Young Investigator Award) and PECASE (Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers) awards are the foundation's most highly-esteemed awards for junior faculty members. They were established to recognize and support the early career development activities of those teacher-scholars who are most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century. Recipients are selected on the basis of creative career-development plans that effectively integrate research and education within the context of the missions of their institutions.

The YIA (Young Investigator Award) Programs support faculty research and encourage faculty teaching and research careers. Recipients have typically held their graduate degrees for fewer than five years. There are a variety of agencies which honor junior faculty members through YIA programs. This list includes, but is not limited to, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFSOR), Office of Naval Research (ONR), Army Research Office (ARO) and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

Photo Name / Project Award Year
Zhaohui Zhong
"Graphene Heterostructures Based Hot Carrier Optoelectronics"
NSF CAREER Award
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2013
David Wentzloff
"Ultra-Low Power Radios for Energy-Autonomous Systems"
NSF CAREER Award
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2013
Mona Jarrahi

Mona Jarrahi
"Fundamental Properties and Capabilities of Plasmonic Antennas for Efficient Interaction with Nanoelectronics"

"Plasmonics-enabled Material Characterization at the Nanoscale"

Conduct fundamental physical studies on the ultrafast dynamics of carriers in semiconductor nanostructures

Next Generation Photomixer-based Terahertz Sources

Plasmonics-enabled Ultra-short Carrier Liftime Photo conductors for High Power Terahertz Generation

ARO Young Investigator Award
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ONR Young Investigator Award
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NSF CAREER Award
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DARPA Young Faculty Award
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2012

2011


2010

Mina Rais-Zadeh Mina Rais-Zadeh
"Chip-Scale Precision Timing Unit for PicoSatellites"


MEMS Reconfigurable Filters for Multi-Band Low-Power Radios

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NSF CAREER Award
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2012

2010

Raj Nadakuditi

Raj Nadakuditi
"Random matrix theoretic approaches to sensor fusion for sensing and surveilance in highly cluttered environments."

Fundamental Limits and Algorithms for Quiet Signal Detection, Estimation and Classification

AFOSR Young Investigator Award
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ONR Young Investigator Award
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2012


2011

Tal Carmon Tal Carmon

Continuous On-chip Extreme UV Emitter

AFOSR YIA
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2010

Pei-Cheng Ku Pei-Cheng Ku

Nitride Semiconductor Single-Photon Emitters and Photon Entanglement

DARPA Young Faculty Award
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2010
Wei Lu Wei Lu

Understanding, Development and Applications of Nanoscale Memristor Devices

NSF CAREER Award
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2010
Silvio Savarese Silvio Savarese

Toward Discovering the 3D Geometrical and Semantic Structure of Objects and Scenes

NSF CAREER Award
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2010
Clay Scott Clay Scott

Guided Sensing

NSF CAREER Award
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2010
Zhengya Zhang

Zhengya Zhang

Removing Energy Barrier towards Capacity-Approaching Information Transmission and Storage

NSF CAREER Award
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2010
Anthony Grbic Anthony Grbic


Advances in Metamaterial Structures and Devices

New Approach to Manipulating Electromagnetic Fields: Nearfield Focusing Plates

PECASE
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NSF CAREER Award
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AFOSR YIA
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2009


2008


2008

David Wentzloff David Wentzloff

3D Wireless Interconnect for Crossbar Routing in Many-Core Processors

DARPA Young Faculty Award
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2009
Jamie Phillips Jamie Phillips
Oxide Electronics for Integrated Microsystems and Displays

Ferroelectric Heterostructure Integration With GaAs Optoelectronic Devices

DARPA Young Faculty Award [More Info]

NSF CAREER Award
2007



2003
Achilleas Anastasopoulos Achilleas Anastasopoulos

Exploring the Complexity Limits of Joint Data Detection and Channel Estimation: Exact, Polynomial-Complexity Solutions and Ultra-Fast Approximations

NSF CAREER Award 2004
Robert Dick Robert Dick

Analysis, Design, and Synthesis of High-Performance, Low-Power, Real-Time Embedded Systems

NSF CAREER Award 2004
Michael Flynn Michael Flynn

Improving Analog/digital Interfaces to CMOS Signal Processing Systems

NSF CAREER Award 2004
S. Sandeep Pradhan S. Sandeep Pradhan

New Architectures for Distributed Compression and Communication of Delay-Sensitive Information in Sensor Networks

NSF CAREER Award 2004
Mingyan Liu Mingyan Liu

Capacity-Driven Design of Large-Scale Wireless Sensor Networks

NSF CAREER Award 2003
Dennis Sylvester Dennis Sylvester

Improving Technology-EDA Integration Through Interconnect Design Tools for Nanometer Design

NSF CAREER Award 2002
Todd Austin Todd Austin

New Directions in Speculative Execution

NSF CAREER Award 2001
Yogesh Gianchandani Yogesh Gianchandani

High Force, High Speed Electro-Thermal Micro-Actuators: Design, Fabrications, and Applications

NSF CAREER Award 2000
Marios Papaefthymiou Marios Papaefthymiou
Parallel Integer Programming for Architectural-Level VLSI Design
NSF CAREER Award

ARO Young Investigator Award

1996

1995
Eric Michielssen Eric Michielssen

Electromagnetic Component Design Using Genetic Algorithms

NSF CAREER Award 1995
Jeff Fessler Jeff Fessler

Statistical Methods for Improved Attenuation Correction in Emission Computed Tomography
NIH FIRST 1993
Khalil Najafi Khalil Najafi NSF Young Investigator Award 1992
St├ęphane Lafortune Stéphane Lafortune

Modeling, Analysis and Control of Discrete Event Systems

NSF Young Investigator Award 1990
Andrew Yagle Andrew Yagle
Inverse scattering (2-D layer stripping)

Fast Algorithms for Estimation and Inverse Scattering

ONR Young Investigator Award

NSF Young Investigator Award
1990


1988
Jim Freudenberg Jim Freudenberg

Robust Design of Multivariable Feedback Systems

NSF Young Investigator Award 1988
Jessy Grizzle Jessy Grizzle

Nonlinear Control Systems

NSF Young Investigator Award 1987
Greg Wakefield Greg Wakefield

Constrained Spectral Estimation

NSF Young Investigator Award 1987
Herb Winful Herb Winful

Nonlinear Phenomena in Optical Fibers and Semiconductor Lasers

NSF Young Investigator Award 1987
Wayne Stark Wayne Stark

Performance Analysis of Spread-Spectrum Systems

NSF Young Investigator Award 1985

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