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Vaziri Wins $360K Air Force Young Investigator Award

October 23, 2009

MIE Assistant Professor Ashkan Vaziri has received the Air Force Young Investigator Award to study bio-inspired interfaces for hybrid structures. 

The Young Investigator Award is open to scientists and engineers at research institutions across the United States who hold a doctorate or equivalent degrees in the last five years and who show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research. 

The objective of this program is to foster creative basic research in science and engineering, enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators, and increase opportunities for the young investigators to recognize the Air Force mission, and the related challenges in science and engineering. 

This year, AFOSR received many proposals in response to the AFOSR broad agency announcement solicitation in major areas of interest to the Air Force. These areas include: dynamical systems and control, quantum and non-equilibrium processes, information, decision and complex networks, complex materials and devices, and energy, power and propulsion. AFOSR officials select proposals based on the evaluation criteria listed in the broad agency announcement. Those selected will receive the grants over a three-year period. 

Ashkan Vazari received his BS and MS from Sharif University of Technology, his PhD from Northeastern, and his post-doc from Harvard. 

Learn more about the award here