DoD Announces National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellows

Fifteen university faculty scientists and engineers have been chosen as the 2016 class of National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellows, Pentagon officials announced.

The program awards grants to top-tier researchers from U.S. universities to conduct long-term, unclassified, basic research of strategic importance to the Defense Department, said Dr. Melissa L. Flagg, deputy assistant secretary of defense for research.

These grants engage outstanding scientists and engineers in the most challenging technical issues facing the department, Flagg said.

The current cohort comprises 32 Fellows -- including a Nobel Prize Laureate, members of National Academies, five winners of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, and recipients of many other prestigious awards and honors, she added.

Underpinning Future DoD Technology

Fellows conduct basic research in core science and engineering disciplines that underpin future DoD technology development, Flagg explained. The new Fellows will conduct basic research in the areas of quantum information science, neuroscience, nanoscience, novel engineered materials, applied mathematics and statistics, and manufacturing science.

The Fellows also will participate in the DoD research enterprise and share their knowledge and insight with DoD military and civilian leaders, researchers in DoD laboratories, and the national security science and engineering community, Flagg said.

Listed by name, academic institution and topic area, the members of the 2016 class of National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellows are:

-- Scott Aaronson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Quantum Algorithms;

-- Oscar Bruno, California Institute of Technology, Applied Math/Electromagnetism;

-- Marc De Graef, Carnegie Mellon University, Structural Materials;

-- Steve Elgar, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Oceanography;

-- Julia Greer, California Institute of Technology, Nano-architected Meta-materials;

-- Ali Jadbabaie, University Of Pennsylvania, Applied Math/Network Science;

-- Mark Kasevich, Stanford University, Quantum Sensing;

-- Wolfgang Ketterle, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Quantum Emulation;

-- Daniel Koditschek, University Of Pennsylvania, Applied Math/Robotics;

-- Ying-Cheng Lai, Arizona State University, Applied Math/Quantum Nonlinear Dynamics;

-- Jennifer Lewis, Harvard University, Manufacturing Science;

-- Aude Oliva, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cognitive Neuroscience;

-- Hongkun Park, Harvard University, Functional Materials;

-- Susanne Stemmer, University of California Santa Barbara, Electronic Materials; and

-- Alan Willner, University of Southern California, Optics.