Two MIT Faculty Win 2016 NSF CAREER Awards

Konstantin Turitsyn is among 160 young scientists and engineers poised to explore new frontiers and inspire a future generation of scholars.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) honored 160 new rising stars in science and engineering through its Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program.

MIT faculty members James Swan, assistant professor in chemical engineering, and Konstantin Turitsyn, assistant professor and Skolkovo Foundation Chair in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, were among this year's awardees, who hail from 88 institutions in 42 states.

Begun in 1995, the CAREER program provides promising junior faculty the opportunity to pursue outstanding research, excellence in teaching, and the integration of education and research.

Each CAREER Award from the NSF Directorate for Engineering provides a minimum of $500,000 over five years. This year's Engineering CAREER Awards total approximately $80 million, out of an estimated $226 million for the NSF program overall.

Swan will focus his efforts on exploring nanoparticle self-assembly, and Turitsyn has plans to develop a computational toolbox for improved security of power systems.

Since the inception of the award, 206 MIT affiliated faculty have been honored.