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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Alfred University professor receives CAREER Award from National Science Foundation

Dr. Yiquan Wu, associate professor of materials science in the Inamori School of Engineering at Alfred University, has received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
According to the NSF, “The CAREER program offers the most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the mission of their organizations.”
“I want to personally congratulate Dr. Wu on this marvelous recognition,” said Mark Zupan, president of Alfred University. “Receiving an NSF CAREER Award is a significant achievement for Dr. Wu, and it speaks to both the quality of his scholarship and the importance of the further work he plans to undertake with the funding. He is a rising star in ceramic engineering/material science field and his accomplishments to date as well as his future potential as a teacher-scholar reflect well on all of us at Alfred.”
Wu’s project is entitled, “CAREER: Mechanism for Controlling Ionic Valences in Transition Metal Doped Laser Materials.”  He is proposing to explore the “formation, stability and manipulation of defects in optoelectronic materials” with the goal of creating high-quality laser materials with tailored properties. According to the NSF award information, “This line of research is extremely important in the development of new optical devices and has not yet been adequately pursued and understood. This project is transformative” because it could lead to develop new optical and photonic materials “with new capabilities and functions.”
The research could affect a “wide range of important applications, including laser machining and manufacturing, laser-sparked fusion energy, laser communications, high-energy particle and radiation detection, and medical imaging.”
Earlier this year, Wu, who has been a member of the AU faculty since 2011, received a “Global Star Award” from the American Ceramic Society’s Engineering Ceramics Division at the 2016 International Conference and Expo on Advanced Ceramics and Composites (ICACC).  The award recognized Wu’s contributions to the Engineering Ceramics Division and to the ICACC.
Wu was chosen to participate in the Manufacturing Innovation Institute in Integrated Photonics, based in Rochester, announced last July. The new $610 million center is funded by $110 million allocated by the federal government through the U.S. Department of Defense; $250 million committed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on behalf of New York State, and the remaining $250 million committed by the private partners in the venture.
His research interests include advanced ceramics, optical materials, nanostructured materials for energy, biomaterials, and functional films and coatings.
He has done research work for the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Office of Naval Research, the National Science Foundation, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Corning Incorporated, and Sandia National Laboratory. Wu earned a Ph.D. in materials science from Imperial College London, and a Master’s in materials from Chinese Academy of Sciences.