Mechanical engineer Fathy receives NSF CAREER Award

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Hosam Fathy, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Career Development (CAREER) Award.

The NSF CAREER Award provides five years of funding for researchers. They are designed to support junior faculty who have shown exceptional promise in teaching and research.

Fathy received a $400,000 grant for "Identifiability Optimization in Electrochemical Battery Systems."

His work seeks to develop new models and parameters for thermo-electrochemical lithium-ion batteries. This effort to improve battery diagnostics through identifiability optimization will ultimately lead to improved performance, efficiency, longevity and safety of advanced batteries used in everyday applications, such as medical devices, consumer electronics, hybrid vehicles, aircraft and spacecraft.

Fathy has been a member of the Penn State faculty since 2010. His research focuses on control-oriented modeling of health degradation in advanced batteries, battery health-conscious optimal power management in sustainable energy systems and networked hardware-in-the-loop simulation of sustainable energy systems.

He received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the American University in Cairo, Egypt, his master's degree in mechanical engineering from Kansas State University and his doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan.

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Last Updated February 21, 2014