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MAKING CAREER MOVES At MSU, faculty members are the driving force behind a large portion of the university’s research activity. If the accolades of MSU’s current early career faculty are any indication, the future is bright for MSU research. In 2021, seven faculty members were awarded National Science Foundation CAREER Awards. The prestigious grants provide funding for early career faculty to jumpstart their research programs and serve as a recognition of the faculty member’s potential for innovative research. In addition to the seven CAREER awards from 2021, four faculty members received the honor in the first quarter of 2022. “We have never had this many CAREER awards active at one time,” Jordan said. “This success reflects the outstanding young faculty we have on campus. They have tremendous enthusiasm and great ideas that will advance their fields. It’s exciting to know that this group represents the future of teaching and research at MSU.”

Recent recipients of the NSF CAREER Award include:

MATTHEW BALLINGER Assistant professor

Department of Biological Sciences

AMY DAPPER Assistant professor

Department of Biological Sciences

DONG MENG Assistant professor

Dave C. Swalm School of Chemical Engineering

DOYL DICKEL Assistant professor

Department of Mechanical Engineering

JEAN MOHAMMADIARAGH Assistant professor

ALI GURBUZ Assistant professor

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

BO TANG Assistant professor

Department of Electrical and Computer Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering

MEHMET KURUM Assistant professor

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

WENMENG TIAN Assistant professor Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

ANDREW LAWTON Assistant professor

Department of Biological Sciences

MAXWELL YOUNG Assistant professor Department of Computer Science and Engineering

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