Air Force YIP Award For Iranian Scientist

Monday, November 2, 2009

Active ImageThe Air Force Office of Scientific Research announced it will award approximately $14.6 million in grants to 38 scientists and engineers who submitted winning research proposals through the Air Force's Young Investigator Research Program. One of the recipients is Dr. Ashkan Vaziri, assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, who will study bio-inspired interfaces for hybrid structures.

The YIP is open to scientists and engineers at research institutions across the United States who have received a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in the last five years and show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research.

The objective of this program is to foster creative basic research in science and engineering, enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators and increase opportunities for the young investigators to recognize the Air Force mission and the related challenges in science and engineering.

According to AFOSR officials, competition for the YIP award is intense. This year AFOSR received 202 proposals in response to the office's broad agency announcement in major areas of interest to the Air Force. These areas of interest include: aerospace, chemical and material sciences; physics and electronics; and mathematics, information and life sciences.

AFOSR officials select proposals based on the evaluation criteria listed in the broad agency announcement. Those selected will receive the grants over a 3- to 5-year period.

Dr. Ashkan Vaziri received his B. Sc. and M. Sc from Sharif University of Technology (Tehran, Iran, 1999-2000), his Ph. D. from Northeastern University (2004) and his post-doc from Harvard University (2006) in the US.

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