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The CAREER award is the NSF’s most prestigious award supporting junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. It is intended to give promising researchers an early career boost by providing stable research funding over an extended period of time.

Since the college’s inception in 1997, 18 Boise State University College of Engineering faculty have been honored. As indicated below, some have received partial funding from the NSF Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).

NSF CAREER Award Recipients

2019 — Dave Estrada (Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering) 
Graphene as a Bioscaffold for Musculoskeletal Tissue Engineering. Abstract. Funding: MPS/DMR/Biomaterials. Awarded Amount: $550,752

2019 — Hoda Mehrpouyan (Computer Science). 
Formal Tools for Safety and Security of Industrial Control Systems (FORENSICS). Abstract. Funding: CISE/CCF/Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace. Awarded Amount: $450,000

2018 — Kurtis Cantley (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Spiking Neural Circuits and Networks with Temporally Dynamic Learning. Abstract. Funding: CISE/Computing and Communication Foundations: Core Programs and EPSCoR Awarded amount: $548,882

2018 — Michael Ekstrand (Computer Science)
User-Based Simulation Methods for Quantifying Sources of Error and Bias in Recommender Systems. Abstract. Funding: CISE/Information and Intelligent systems: Core Programs: Cyber-Human Systems. Awarded amount: $482,000

2018 — Elton Graugnard (Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering)
Atomic Layer Deposition for Scalable Manufacturing of Atomic-Layered Transition Metal Dichalcogenides. Abstract. Funding: ENG/CMMI/Nanomanufacturing. Awarded amount: $500,000

2017 — Eric Jankowski (Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering)
Computational transformation of organic electronics manufacturing. Abstract. Funding: ENG/CBET/Energy for Sustainability and EPSCoR. Awarded amount: $502,523

2017 — Yanliang Zhang (Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering)
Printing and Interface Engineering of Colloidal Nanocrystals for Flexible Thermoelectrics and Electronics. Abstract. Funding: ENG/CMMI/MEP. Award amount: $500,000

2016 — Trevor Lujan (Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering)
Characterization and Simulation of Failure Mechanisms in Soft Fibrous Tissue. Abstract. Joint Funding: ENG/CMMI: Biomechanics & Mechanobiology, and EPSCoR. Award amount: $510,000

2016 — Paul Simmonds (Physics/Materials Science and Engineering)
Novel Nanomaterials for Scalable Entangled Photon Emitters. Abstract. Joint Funding: MPS/Division of Materials Research/Electronic and Photonic Materials (EPM), and ENG/Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS)/Electronics, Photonics and Magnetic Devices.  Award amount: $505,798

2015 — Claire Xiong (Materials Science and Engineering)
Defect-driven Metal Oxides for Enhanced Energy Storage Systems. Abstract. Funding: MPS/DMR/Ceramics and the Office of Multidisciplinary Activity.  Award amount: $528,027

2014 — Vishal Saxena (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Mixed-Signal Photonic Integrated Circuits for Energy-Efficient High-Speed Data Interfaces. Abstract. Funding: ENG/ECCS/Communications, Circuits and Sensing-Systems (CCSS). Award amount: $500,000

2011 — Inanc Senocak (Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering)
Multi-scale modeling of short-term forecasting and grid integration of wind energy over complex terrain (#1056110). Abstract. Funding: Energy for Sustainability program.  Awarded amount: $400,011

2009 — Wan Kuang (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Numerical and Experimental Study of Photon-Electron Interaction in Surface Plasmon-Polariton Nanophotonic Devices. Abstract. Funding: ENG/ECCS/Energy, Power, and Adaptive Systems; EPSCoR. Awarded amount: $400,000

2007 — Megan Frary (Materials Science & Engineering)
Role of Grain Boundary Character on Dynamic Recrystallization. Abstract. Funding: MPS/DMR/Metal & Metallic Nanostructure. Awarded amount: $500,957

2003 — Elisa Barney Smith (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Document Image Degradation Analysis. Abstract. Funding: Signal Processing Systems and EPSCoR. Awarded amount: $429,920.00

2001 — John Lusth (Computer Science — now at University of Arkansas)
Improving the Performance of Quantum-dot Cellular Automata. Abstract. Funding: Electronics, Photonics, and Mag Devices and EPSCoR. Awarded amount: $375,000

1997 — Susan Burkett (Electrical and Computer Engineering — now at University of Alabama)
Fundamental Electrical and Thermal Limitations of Patterned Thin Film Multilayer Magnetic Field Sensors. Abstract. Funding: Electronics, Photonics, and Mag Devices and EPSCoR. Awarded amount: $206,000

In addition, one faculty member earned the award before coming to Boise State.
Janet Callahan (Materials Science and Engineering) earned from the Georgia Institute of Technology.