NSF Gives CAREER Awards to Sambruna, Mark

Posted: May 29, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The National Science Foundation (NSF) presented its prestigious CAREER Awards in April to George Mason assistant professors Rita Sambruna, Department of Physics and Astronomy and School of Computational Sciences, and Brian Mark, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Through the CAREER Awards, NSF recognizes and supports the work of the top young faculty-researchers in the country, who it believes will be the leaders of tomorrow in research and education.

“The NSF CAREER Awards are extremely competitive, and I am delighted that two of our faculty have been recognized for their high achievements in their early careers and for the promise each of them offers for even greater accomplishments in the future,” says Christopher Hill, vice provost for research.

Sambruna’s award of $387,170 over five years from NSF’s Directorate of Astronomy will be used to hire a postdoctoral research associate and undergraduate students to help with research that will focus on the jets of plasma that shoot out from black holes. According to Sambruna, this research, which aims at answering fundamental questions about the energetics of jets, is particularly timely given the availability of high-quality observations from the Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope, which she has already secured. The Department of Physics and Astronomy is partially matching the NSF award.

Mark’s grant of $343,000 over five years from NSF’s Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering will go toward research on the design, modeling, and control of high-performance communication networks. “The research will investigate new architectures and control algorithms for optimizing the performance of next-generation high-speed optical networks and wireless mobile networks,” Mark says.

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