Published on Wednesday June 6, 2007
Drs. Antonios Zavaliangos (PI), Associate Department Head and Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), Surya Kalidindi (Co-PI), Department Head and Professor of MSE, and David Fullwood, Research Professor of MSE, are the recipients of a $511,524 Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) award from the Department of Education. The three-year grant, titled "Computational Materials Science and Engineering GAANN," goes into effect August 15, 2007.
This GAANN award is a need-based fellowship that funds Ph.D. students who will receive exceptional training in research and education in the field of computational materials science and engineering in the critical areas of novel materials and nanotechnology; defense applications; manufacturing, design, and optimization; digital signal processing in materials characterization; and bioengineering and bioinformatics. This year's GAANN marks the second award of its kind for MSE, bringing the total number of current GAANN site programs for Drexel to five (there have been six GAANN awards total in Drexel's history) - which is the largest number in the country.
Dr. Mun Choi (MEM), Mr. Stephen Cox (Director of Regional AMP), Drs. Cameron Abrams (CBE), David Breen (CS), Richard Cairncross (CBE), Franco Capaldi (MEM), Bakhtier Farouk (MEM), Athina Petropulu (ECE), Karl Sohlberg (Chemistry), and Bahrad A. Sokhansanj (Biomed) will all serve as Senior Investigators on this grant. In addition, Dorilona Rose, Operations Manager in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, significantly contributed to the writing of the grant and will take the lead on administering the program.