|National Science Foundation Career Program
Recipient: Jernej Barbic
The latest Viterbi faculty member to join the distinguished roster of National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program participants is Jernej Barbic, an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science. Barbic will use his funding, nearly a half-million dollars over five years, to continue developing “mathematically-principled” models for the faster simulation and control of large, dynamic systems. Speedier modeling and control are aimed at enabling more immersive medical training, more entertaining computer games, and more reliable (and yes, faster) computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing. In general, “this work applies to any system governed by differential equations, with broader applications in robotics, aeronautics, and defense systems. In addition to developing new publicly available coursework material, educational activities including releasing a large C++ computer graphics/animation codebase to the world under an open source license, the funding also covers visits to high schools in underserved areas of Los Angeles to expose students to the benefits of careers in science and engineering,” said Barbic.
|National Science Foundation Innovation Award
Recipient: Malancha Gupta
Malancha Gupta, an assistant professor in the Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, has been awarded a three-year, $300K National Science Foundation Innovation award for the study: "Patterning Vapor Deposited Polymers onto Porous Microfluidic Devices Using Transition Metal Salts." funding her efforts to develop portable porous diagnostic devices that could be used to detect disease and contamination in remote locations. The funding will also enable Gupta and her team to engage underrepresented middle and high school students through the USC Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement program (MESA). Gupta received her doctoral degree in chemical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2007. She joined the Viterbi Faculty in the fall of 2009, following a postdoctoral fellowship in chemistry at Harvard. She has co-authored 17 publications and holds three patents.
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Scholarship