Assistant Professor Nandini Ananth was recently awarded an NSF Early CAREER award which provides her with 5 years of funding to study the transport of electrons and energy in semiconductor materials. Her group develops new theoretical methods that provide computationally efficient approximations to otherwise intractable problems. Her group’s long-term goal is to develop theoretical and computational methods that will uncover the design principles that underlie the behavior of materials suitable for use in renewable energy production and storage. The educational component of her award will involve reaching out to high-need schools to develop lesson plans that incorporation mathematical tools in science classrooms.
The CAREER award is NSF’s most prestigious award for junior faculty who “exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education … Such activities should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research.”