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July 30, 2004

UI Researcher Wins Prestigious NSF CAREER Award

Jia Lu, assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering in the University of Iowa College of Engineering, has received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

As an award recipient, Lu receives approximately $400,000 over the next five years. The CAREER award is the most prestigious NSF honor for new faculty and is given in recognition of research and teaching excellence, as well as academic leadership potential. The awards, presented to researchers nationwide, are designed to recognize and support the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who are most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century.

Lu received his CAREER Award for his work in biomedical engineering, in particular, his theoretical and numerical investigation of stress-regulated growth and remodeling of soft tissues. Currently, he is a co-principal investigator on a four-year, $1.4 million grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop a computer simulation of biological prosthetic valve function that may help engineers and physicians to improve the durability of prosthetic heart valves. He also is a member of a research team in the Center for Computer Aided Design that has received a $2.55 million one-year, renewable contract from the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Command Center (TACOM) to develop computer-simulated humans.

Lu, who came to the UI in 2001, earned his doctorate in solid mechanics from the University of California-Berkeley in 1999. His research interests include the fields of tissue mechanics and tissue growth and remodeling.

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