AerE CAREER Award Recepients

Kristin Yvonne Rozier and Anupam Sharma won Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awards from the National Science Foundation. In addition, Rozier also won a NASA Early Career Faculty Award for her proposal on runtime verification of autonomous space systems. CAREER grants are the NSF’s most prestigious award in support of the early career-development activities of junior faculty who most effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organization.

NASA Early Career Faculty (ECF) Award


Kristin Yvonne Rozier – August 24, 2016

Multi-Platform, Multi-Architecture Runtime Verification of Autonomous Space Systems

Autonomous systems are only capable of effective governing if they can reliably sense their own faults and respond to failures and uncertain environmental conditions. Rozier’s research will design a real-time, onboard runtime verification and system health management (SHM) framework called R2U2, to continuously monitor essential system components.

National Science Foundation (NSF) Career Award


Rozier Career AwardKristin Yvonne Rozier – February 5, 2016

Theoretical Foundations of the UAS in the NAS Problem (Unmanned Aerial Systems in the National Air Space)

Rozier, who brings her CAREER Award with her from the University of Cincinnati, aims to create a safer national air space with the widespread integration of unmanned aerial systems. As UAS fill the skies, complex questions will arise about how to safely regulate people and properties on the ground. Rozier will examine ways to ensure that safety from on-board the vehicle, from the environment (NAS), and from the underlying theory enabling their formal analysis.

Sharma NSF Career AwardAnupam Sharma – February 16, 2016

Ultra Quiet Aircraft Propulsion Inspired by the Unique Plumage of the Owl

As new inventions fill our skies, from wind turbines whirling in an open field, to UAVs scurrying around the city delivering packages, to planes buzzing 35,000 feet overhead, that new technology can pose a noisy problem. Sharma is turning to an unusual source to make technology quieter. The assistant professor is researching nocturnal owls, specifically the Barn owl, to understand what makes the bird so quiet during flight, and use bio-inspiration to develop nearly silent aircraft, UAVs, and wind turbines.

Positions Available

Three Ph.D. positions, Engineering Mechanics program in mechanics and materials, Anson Marston Distinguished Professor Valery Levitas group

Three positions available to perform work on federally funded projects on modeling stress-induced phase transformations, plasticity, and their interactions at nano-, micro-, and macroscales. For more information and how to apply, click here.

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