11 A&M faculty members earn NSF Early CAREER Awards for 2020

Eleven faculty members at Texas A&M University received Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF) during the foundation’s 2020 cycle of funding, the Division of Research announced today.

The NSF CAREER program offers support to early career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education as well as to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Activities pursued by early career faculty are expected to build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research.

Each year, the NSF presents an estimated 500 CAREER awards, totaling around $250 million in funding, to early career faculty at U.S. institutions of higher learning as well as independent museums, observatories, research labs, professional societies, and similar organizations associated with research or educational activities.

“Congratulations to our exceptional faculty members for earning this outstanding recognition from the National Science Foundation,” Vice President for Research Mark A. Barteau said. “At Texas A&M, we emphasize leadership in both research and education. With this crucial support from the NSF, these early career faculty members are on their way toward careers that, with the students they will mentor, will advance innovative and effective solutions to the world’s most challenging problems.”

According to Texas A&M colleges and schools, the following faculty members received NSF Early CAREER Awards during the 2020 funding cycle:

  • College of Architecture
  • College of Engineering
    • Faruque Hasan, associate professor, Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering
    • Ruihong Huang, assistant professor, Department of Computer Science & Engineering
    • Abhishek Jain, assistant professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
    • Stephanie Paal, assistant professor, Zachry Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
    • Matt Pharr, assistant professor, J. Mike Walker ’66 Department of Mechanical Engineering
    • Yang Shen, assistant professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
    • Ankit Srivastava, assistant professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, which is jointly operated with the College of Science
  • College of Geoscience
    • Hiroko Kitajima, assistant professor, Department of Geology and Geophysics
    • Nicholas Perez, assistant professor, Department of Geology and Geophysics
    • Julia Reece, assistant professor, Department of Geology and Geophysics