Jaafar El-Awady Receives National Science Foundation CAREER Award
Thursday 15th January 2015

The National Science Foundation has selected Jaafar El-Awady, Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, to receive its prestigious CAREER Award, which recognizes the highest level of excellence in early-stage researchers.

This five year will support Dr. El-Awady’s research titled “Identifying the Micro-mechanisms Leading to Hydrogen-Induced Intergranular Fracture in Metals”. The aim of this research is to develop microstructurally based computational methods to fundamentally identify the effect of hydrogen on the deformation and fracture of metals used in energy generation, conversion or storage systems. This research will also contribute to engineering practice via advances in the structural integrity of energy systems. The education and outreach tasks through this grant will contribute to efforts aiming to improve STEM achievement in Baltimore elementary public schools with a high minority student population.

The CAREER award is one of the NSF’s most competitive awards and emphasizes high-quality research and novel education initiatives. It provides funding so that young investigators have the opportunity to focus more intently on furthering their research careers.