Jing Kong, Fatih Yanik recipients of NSF Career Awards

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January 20, 2009

Jing Kong, the ITT Career Development Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and principal investigator in both the Microsystems Technology Laboratories, MTL, and the Research Laboratory of Electronics, RLE, and Mehmet Fatih Yanik, the Robert J. Shillman Career Development Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, principal investigator in the Research Laboratory of Electronics and member of the Computational and Systems Biology Program, CSBI, at MIT, have been selected as recipients of the National Science Foundation, NSF Career Awards, made to junior faculty members who are likely to become academic leaders of the future. As announced by the MIT News Office, January 14, 2009 article, Kong and Yanik are among just four MIT faculty members who were selected for this honor.

Jing Kong, who leads the Nanomaterials and Electronics Group, at MIT, has focused her research on the problem of combining the synthesis and fabrication of individual carbon nanotubes, and integrating them into electrical circuits. Applications of her research include the use of carbon nanotubes as extremely sensitive chemical sensors to detect toxic gases.

Professor Kong is member of the American Chemical Society, the American Physical Society, and the Materials Research Society. She received the 2001 Foresight Distinguished Student Award in Nanotechnology in 2001, the Stanford Annual Reviews Prize in Physical Chemistry in 2002, and the MIT 3M Award in 2005.

Fatih Yanik, who leads the BioPhotonics, BioScreening and NanoManipulation Group at MIT, is pursuing research involving the intersection of photonics, microfluidics, bioengineering and neurobiology. His group, which has worked on stopping light, femtosecond laser nano-surgery, neural regeneration and high-throughput microfluidics, has recently been highlighted for demonstrating the first high-throughput whole-animal screening technology. Yanik invented the all-optical on-chip photon storage, which was selected among the top ten research advances of the year by the Technology Research News Magazine in 2004 and his work on nano-photonic devices was awarded the first place in the Innovator's Challenge Competition in Silicon Valley in 2004.

Congratulations Jing and Fatih!