Alfred University’s Wu Wins NSF CAREER Award
Yiquan Wu has received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation.
Yiquan Wu, Ph.D., associate professor of materials science in the Inamori School of Engineering at Alfred University (AU), has received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Wu’s project is entitled “CAREER: Mechanism for Controlling Ionic Valences in Transition Metal Doped Laser Materials.” He is proposing to explore the “formation, stability and manipulation of defects in optoelectronic materials” with the goal of creating high-quality laser materials with tailored properties.
According to the NSF award information, “This line of research is extremely important in the development of new optical devices and has not yet been adequately pursued and understood. This project is transformative” because it could lead to develop new optical and photonic materials “with new capabilities and functions.” The research could affect a “wide range of important applications, including laser machining and manufacturing, laser-sparked fusion energy, laser communications, high-energy particle and radiation detection, and medical imaging.”
“I want to personally congratulate Dr. Wu on this marvelous recognition,” said Mark Zupan, president of AU. “Receiving an NSF CAREER Award is a significant achievement for Dr. Wu, and it speaks to both the quality of his scholarship and the importance of the further work he plans to undertake with the funding. He is a rising star in ceramic engineering/material science field, and his accomplishments to date as well as his future potential as a teacher-scholar reflect well on all of us at Alfred.”
Earlier this year, Wu, who has been a member of the AU faculty since 2011, received a “Global Star Award” from the American Ceramic Society’s Engineering Ceramics Division at the 2016 International Conference and Expo on Advanced Ceramics and Composites (ICACC). The award recognized Wu’s contributions to the Engineering Ceramics Division and to the ICACC. Wu was also chosen to participate in the Manufacturing Innovation Institute in Integrated Photonics, based in Rochester, announced last July. He has done research work for the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Office of Naval Research, the National Science Foundation, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Corning Inc., and Sandia National Laboratory. Wu earned a doctorate in materials science from Imperial College London, and a master’s degree in materials from the Chinese Academy of Sciences.