Dean R. Wheeler Receives NSF Faculty Early Career Development Award

  Dean R. Wheeler, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation in December 2005.  The award is considered one of the most prestigious awards for junior faculty in science and engineering, with about a 1-in-7 success rate among applicants each year.  Dr. Wheeler will receive a $400,000 grant for research and educational activities over a five-year period.  
Dr. Wheeler and his student research assistants will perform large-scale molecular simulations of electrocatalysis, making heavy use of the college’s supercomputers.  The research will allow better understanding of molecular behavior and improved control of electrochemical reactions used in devices such as fuel cells, batteries, and chemical sensors.  One of Dr. Wheeler’s educational activities will be partnering with other professors in the college to develop fun engineering mini-projects that secondary school teachers will use to introduce their students to engineering.

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