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Photonics Researchers Among Young Investigator Recipients

Five photonics researchers working in areas from nonlinear materials to undersea wireless optical communications to solar power are among the 16 recipients of Young Investigator awards, given by the Office of Naval Research and announced by the Department of the Navy this week.

One of the oldest and most competitive scientific research advancement programs in the country, Young Investigator Program rewards scientists and engineers who are in their first or second full-time tenure-track-equivalent academic appointment in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Awards are based on the merits of their research and the potential for contributions to soldiers.

“Especially in challenging budget environments, it is critical the Department of the Navy invests for the long term so we maintain the technological advantage we currently enjoy,” said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. “The outstanding research scientists who received these awards are engaged in pursuits that could lead to breakthroughs for the Navy and Marine Corps in the future.” 

A total of $8.2 million will be distributed to this year's recipients, who were chosen from a field of 310 candidates and represent 13 academic institutions across the country. The faculty members selected will receive annual monetary awards over three years for their research efforts.

This year's Young Investigators include:
Since the Office of Naval Research instituted the program in 1985, nearly 600 researchers from 121 colleges and universities have received funding under the Young Investigator Program and have significantly advanced Department of the Navy research efforts. 

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