2018 Young Investigator Awards

February 27, 2018

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) recently announced awards of $16 million through its 2018 Young Investigator Program (YIP). The awards were made to 31 scientists whose research holds strong promise across a wide range of naval-relevant science and technology areas.

Among the 5 winners from MIT was Cem Tasan, the Thomas B. King Career Development Professor of Metallurgy, for his proposal titled Tracking Hydrogen: A Multi-Scale Experimental-Computational Study of Hydrogen Influence on Dislocations, Plasticity, Damage. Professor Tasan explores the boundaries of physical metallurgy, solid mechanics, and in-situ microscopy, in order to provide game-changing materials solutions to environmental challenges.

Professor C. Cem Tasan

Professor Heather J. Kulik, who recieved her Ph.D. from DMSE in 2009 and is now the Joseph R. Mares '24 Career Development Professor in Chemical Engineering, was also one of the award winners for her proposal titled Adaptive-Resolution Chemical Discovery Strategies for Precise and Fast Computer-Aided Transition Metal Complex Design. 

Other MIT-affiliated winners included: Dr. Benedetto Marelli, Epitaxial Growth of Structural Proteins into Hierarchical Mesostructured Materials; Dr. Rahul Mazumder, Combinatorial Statistical Inference with Mathematical Optimization; and Dr. Ankur Moitra, An Algorithmic Theory of Robustness. 

See the full list of award winners here!

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