Six Illinois researchers receive Presidential Early Career Award

Mechanical engineering and science professor Kelly Stephani is one of six recipients from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to be honored with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Six researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign were named recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on young professionals at the outset of their independent research careers.

The winners this year are:  Mechanical engineering and science professors Gaurav Bahl and Kelly Stephanimaterials science and engineering professor Pinshane Huang; chemistry professor Prashant Jainmolecular and integrative physiologyprofessor Daniel Llano; and physics professor Julia “Jessie” Shelton.

Gaurav Bahl.
Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

Bahl’s research focuses on systems that incorporate both optical and mechanical elements – particularly mechanisms where light interacts with photonic devices via radiation pressure, gradient force, electrostrictive pressure and photothermal effects.

 

Pinshane Huang.
Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

Huang researches the atomic structure and chemical properties of nanomaterials and molecules to design materials and nanoelectronic devices for energy storage, sensing, catalysis and flexible electronics. Huang is also affiliated with the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology and the Materials Research Laboratory at Illinois.

Stephani leads the Computational Kinetics Group, which utilizes direct simulation of molecular dynamics for improved modeling of nonequilibrium and noncontinuum flows, fundamental transport processes, and material response within multiscale, multiphysics systems.

Prashant Jain.
Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

Jain investigates artificial photosynthesis through light-matter interactions in nanoscale materials. He has affiliations with the department of physics, the Materials Research Laboratory and the Beckman Institute.

 

 

Daniel Llano.
Photo courtesy Beckman Institute

Llano investigates how the human auditory system processes complex sounds such as speech and recovery from brain injury. He is affiliated with the Beckman Institute and the Carle Illinois College of Medicine at Illinois.

Jessie Shelton.
Photo by L. Brian Stauffer
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Six Illinois researchers receive Presidential Early Career Award
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Six Illinois researchers receive Presidential Early Career Award
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Six researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign were named recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on young professionals at the outset of their independent research careers.