MSUToday
Published: Jan. 3, 2018

MSU assistant professor lands NSF Early CAREER and DOE Leadership Computing Challenge awards

Contact(s): Val Osowski College of Natural Science office: (517) 432-4561 osowskiv@msu.edu

Huey-Wen Lin, assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, was recently awarded a five-year National Science Foundation Early CAREER award and a 2017 Advanced Scientific Computing Research Leadership Computing Challenge award from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Lin was selected for the Early CAREER Award under the NSF’s Division of Physics for her research, which aims to understand nucleon structure through the development and implementation of first-principles calculations using supercomputers.

“It is a great honor to be a recipient of the prestigious CAREER award among other new assistant professors,” Lin said. “The award is a great foundation for establishing my career, boosts my confidence in this new research direction and has been a great encouragement in continuing my research.”

The CAREER award is one of NSF’s most prestigious honors for junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through their integration of outstanding research and excellent teaching.

The CAREER award will provide funds to support a postdoctoral researcher and graduate student in training to assist Lin in the Lattice Parton Physics Project, a collaborative effort of researchers from MSU, the University of Maryland, Brookhaven National Laboratory, the University of Regensburg, National Taiwan University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Lin is also the principal investigator of a project that received a 2017 ALCC award from the DOE at ASCR’s supercomputing facilities. She was one of just 40 selected nationwide across industry, academia and national laboratories for her study of the spin and three-dimensional structure of nucleons, the particles that compose the nuclei of all elements.

“My research relies on very large-scale computations using supercomputers,” Lin said. “The ALCC award provides important resources that allow us to make these calculations. Expanding from the parton distribution to the less known three-dimensional structure of the nucleon will be important to many hadronic facilities around the world.”

Lin earned her bachelor’s in physics from National Taiwan University (Taiwan), and her doctorate in physics from Columbia University.