Developing the next generation of solar-powered robotic systems

Ran Dai earns NSF CAREER award to design unmanned vehicles for long-duration, high-efficiency missions Using renewable energy to power aerial and ground vehicles could change the way we handle aspects of environmental monitoring, search and rescue missions, surveillance, and agricultural practices. To navigate these sorts of dynamic environments, Ran Dai, an assistant professor in aerospace [Continue Reading…]

ECpE’s Fayed wins NSF CAREER Award

Power management is a critical aspect in many electronic devices, and Ayman Fayed is working on a new approach to the problem. Fayed, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award to develop dynamic on-chip power grids for energy efficient and cost effective power conversion in integrated [Continue Reading…]

Four from ECpE earn NSF CAREER Awards

Four researchers in the Iowa State Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering were awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award in 2012. Santosh Pandey, Aditya Ramamoorthy, Umesh Vaidya and Joseph Zambreno each earned awards and pushed the department’s total number of NSF CAREER Awards to 16. The four awards represent [Continue Reading…]

Chaudhary’s quest to improve organic solar cell efficiency gains traction with new approach and funding

An engineering professor’s plan to introduce ferroelectrics into the organic layers used to fabricate polymer solar cells may be the ingredient that could make the technology available to consumers in the very near future. Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Sumit Chaudhary says ferroelectric materials, which act like dipoles with a positive and negative [Continue Reading…]

Kessler’s CAREER award combines quests for self-healing, biorenewable polymers

The successful pursuit of polymer research along two separate lines brought Associate Professor Michael Kessler to a simple yet unexpected confluence of ideas that raised a straightforward question: Why not combine them? His proposal to do so has earned the materials science and engineering researcher a $400,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award for a [Continue Reading…]

Three electrical and computer engineering faculty receive 2010 NSF CAREER Awards

Ames, Iowa — Three electrical and computer engineering professors at Iowa State University have received prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Awards this year. Assistant professors Liang Dong, Jaeyoun Kim, and Lei Ying each will receive $400,000 over a five-year period to fund their research and educational efforts in photonic circuits, optical Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS), and [Continue Reading…]

Four Iowa State engineering faculty receive NSF CAREER Awards

Reaching an important milestone in their careers, four assistant professors in the College of Engineering have been awarded 2009 CAREER Awards from the National Science Foundation(NSF). The faculty honored with this highly competitive award—Dionysios Aliprantis, ECpE; Eric Cochran, CBE; Zhiqun Lin, MSE; and Qingze Zou, ME—will each receive approximately $400,000 over five years in support [Continue Reading…]