Congratulations to Our External Award Winners of 2021 (Fiscal Year)

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Prof. Alexandra Boltasseva receives prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship

A professor in Purdue University’s Elmore Family School of Electrical and Computer Engineering has been awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship.

A professor in Purdue University’s Elmore Family School of Electrical and Computer Engineering has been awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship. Alexandra Boltasseva, Ron and Dotty Garvin Tonjes Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is among a diverse group of 180 exceptional individuals in the 2022 class, which was chosen from a pool of nearly 2,500 applicants. Guggenheim fellows are appointed on the basis of distinguished achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishment.

In all, 51 scholarly disciplines and artistic fields, 81 different academic institutions, 31 states and the District of Columbia, and four Canadian provinces are represented in this year’s class of Fellows, who range in age from 33 to 75. Boltasseva was one of three individuals selected in the field of Engineering for her topic “Empowering Quantum Nanophotonics with Machine Learning: Towards Quantum On-Chip Meta-Devices.”

Boltasseva says she is honored and humbled to be recognized as a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

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Pienaar honored with NSF CAREER Award to study viral life cycles

Viruses like Ebola and SARS-CoV-2 spread and cause disease through the combined action of multiple viral proteins working together. Biomedical engineers like Elsje Pienaar are searching to limit viral reproduction in patients through a holistic view of how these proteins work together.

Pienaar, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, recently received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the NSF’s division of Molecular and Cellular Bioscience for her research proposal, “Complexity from Simplicity: Multi-scale Computational Deciphering of the Viral Life Cycle.”

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Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence