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Last Updated: October 12, 2021

Meet the researchers changing tomorrow today

The National Science Foundation's Faculty Early Career Development Program, or CAREER, awards grants to “early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education.” This series highlights Michigan State University’s 2021 recipients of the prestigious NSF CAREER grant awards and their leading-edge research.

 

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Alexandra Zevalkink

Exploring space-age materials

Zevalkink, an assistant professor in the Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Department in the College of Engineering, is probing materials known as thermoelectrics that help power space exploration.

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Shanelle Foster

Creating innovative and green electric motor designs

Foster, an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the College of Engineering, is using 3D printing and some inspiration from nature to design electric motors that are breaking design boundaries and are good for the environment.

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Yuan Wang

Understanding the cause of infertility

Wang, an assistant professor in the Department of Animal Science within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, is studying primordial germ cells and their role in human fertility.

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Annick Anctil

Making solar energy even greener

Anctil, an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is analyzing how we make, implement and dispose of solar cells to make sure consumers end up with the most sustainable product.

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Dong Zhao

Building more sustainable communities

Zhao, an an assistant professor in the School of Planning, Design and Construction, is designing ways to retrofit old buildings for large-scale energy efficiency by integrating human behaviors.

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