UCR Assistant Professors Receive NSF CAREER Awards

8 faculty receive grants totaling $4 million for outstanding research and education

This image combines head shots of the 8 UCR faculty who were awarded NSF Career Awards in 2017.

UCR’s 2017 NSF CAREER Award Recipients (clockwise from top left): Boniface Fokwa, assistant professor of chemistry; Nathaniel Gabor, assistant professor of physics and astronomy; Haizhou Liu, assistant professor of chemical and environmental engineering; Ming Liu, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering; Zhiyun Qian, assistant professor of computer science and engineering; Hideaki Tsutsui, assistant professor of mechanical engineering; Yulong Xing, assistant professor of mathematics; Ruoxue Yan, assistant professor of chemical & environmental engineering.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — Eight researchers from the University of California, Riverside have been awarded Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The CAREER award is one of NSF’s most prestigious awards. It supports promising assistant professors as they pursue outstanding research, excellence in education, and the integration of these activities.

Faculty members from UCR’s Bourns College of Engineering received five awards and faculty from the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences received three. The 2017 projects and awardees are:

Michael Pazzani, vice chancellor for research and economic development at UCR, said the awards demonstrate the caliber of research by junior faculty and their commitment to the educational mission of UCR. The university now has more active CAREER program awards than any other public university in California, with 35 active awards.

“These researchers exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through their exceptional research, commitment to education, and integration of research and education in a way that supports UCR’s commitment to offering hands-on research experiences to undergraduate students. We are very proud of these scholars and we look forward to seeing how their projects develop over the coming years,” Pazzani said.

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