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Release: Jan. 4, 2001

UI researcher wins prestigious NSF CAREER Award

IOWA CITY, Iowa – H.S. Udaykumar, assistant professor of mechanical engineering in the University of Iowa College of Engineering, has been selected by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to receive a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award.

As an award recipient, Udaykumar will receive $375,000 over the next five years. The CAREER award is the most prestigious NSF honor for junior faculty and is given in recognition of research and teaching excellence, as well as academic leadership potential. The awards, presented to engineers and scientists across the country, are designed to help universities attract and retain outstanding young faculty members.

Udaykumar 's NSF research involves processing of innovative materials, such as metal-matrix composites, and cryopreservation. His research interests also include computational fluid dynamics, moving boundary problems in materials processing and biofluid dynamics, simulation of impact and wave propagation phenomena, turbulent flow in stenosed arteries, and heat and mass transfer in cryobiology.

Udaykumar, who came to the UI in August 1999, earned his bachelor's degree from the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras in 1988 and his master's degree and doctorate from the University of Florida in 1990 and 1994, respectively.