2015 HEMI Seed Grants Awarded

Jun 9, 2015 | No Comments | By Michelle Pagano

Congratulations to this year’s winners of the HEMI Seed Grants – Dr. Michael Shields and Dr. Mark Foster!

Michael Shields

Dr. Michael Shields is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering. He received a B.S. (2006) in Civil Engineering from Columbia University and another from Loyola University in Chicago in Physics with a Math minor through a combined plan of study between universities. He then received a M.S. (2007) and M.Phil (2009) in Civil Engineering from Columbia and received a PhD in Civil Engineering & Engineering Mechanics from Columbia as well. His research interests are stochastic simulation, uncertainty quantification, and computational stochastic mechanics. His research proposal is titled,”“Structural Reliability Under Extreme Loads.” 

Mark Foster

Dr. Mark Foster is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He received his B.S. (2003), M.S. (2007), and PhD (2008) in Applied and Engineering Physics from Cornell University. His research lies at the intersection of photonics with electronics and focuses on the development of practical optical systems for ultrahigh-speed signal processing. Applications of his research include future optical communications systems, ultrawide-bandwidth microwave photonics, and high-throughput optical imaging. His research proposal is titled, “Compressive Imaging at Extreme Rates Beyond One Trillion Frames Per Second.”

The goal of the HEMI Seed program is to provide seed funding to advance the fundamental science associated with materials and structures under extreme conditions. Grants are awarded each year. For more information on the program, click here.




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