Three engineers receive National Science Foundation Faculty Career Awards

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Three Penn State engineering faculty members have been named winners of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award.

The faculty members are Robert Rioux, the Friedrich G. Helfferich Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering; Christopher Saldana, the Harold and Inge Marcus Assistant Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering; and Howard Salis, assistant professor of chemical engineering and agricultural and biological engineering.

The NSF CAREER Program is designed to promote the work of young teacher-scholars who most effectively integrate research and education within the context of their organization's mission.

Rioux will receive a $425,000 grant for "Modulation of Kinetic Dispersion at the Single Molecule Level on Individual Catalytic Nanoparticles." His work focuses on heterogeneous catalysis, catalyst design and synthesis, time-solved Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy of condensed systems, x-ray absorption spectroscopy and reaction mechanisms in nanoscale systems and photocatalysis.

Saldana will receive a $400,000 grant for "Deformation-Based Surface Generation for Microstructure Control." His work centers on manufacturing, experimental mechanics, materials processing and micro/nano-scale behavior of materials.    

Salis will receive a $420,000 grant for "Model-Guided Optimization and Autonomous Control of a Synthetic Biodetoxification Pathway for Harnessing Lignocellulosic Feedstock." His work focuses on engineering synthetic biological systems, including metabolic pathways, genetic circuits and genomes.

Last Updated April 22, 2013