Winners Circle

Four faculty members win prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Awards

In a stunning achievement, four College faculty members were awarded CAREER Awards by the National Science Foundation. The recipients are Dr. Eugenia Kharlampieva, Chemistry; Dr. Karolina Mukhtar, Biology; Dr. Thamar Solorio and Dr. Ragib Hasaan, Computer and Information Sciences. The total value of the four prizes is $2,500,000.

From left: Dr. Euginia Kharlampieva, Dr. Karolina Mukhtar, Dr. Thamar Solorio, and Dr. Ragib Hasan.From left: Dr. Euginia Kharlampieva, Dr. Karolina Mukhtar, Dr. Thamar Solorio, and Dr. Ragib HasanThe NSF’s Faculty Early Career Development Program offers the Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.

The College of Arts and Sciences last had a faculty member recognized in 2011, when Dr. David Hilton (Physics) was awarded $600,000 over five years for his work in coherent manipulation in quantum systems. UAB has never had four faculty honored in a single year.

Dr. Yogesh K. Vohra, professor and Associate Dean, notes that the number and value of this year’s awards is directly related to the College’s investment in faculty development and mentoring, since three of the four winners received grant money and coaching from senior College faculty before they embarked on the NSF CAREER grant process. “These things don’t happen in a vacuum,” says Dr. Vohra. “For Dr. Kharlampieva and Dr. Hasan, we funded a CAS Interdisciplinary Team Award for $30,000 each. Dr. Solorio received a Graduate Entrepreneurship Award for $10,000. So for spending $70,000 we have received more than $2.5 million in federal money in return. I would say that is a wise investment.”

Research Grants and Monetary Awards

Dr. Eugenia Kharlampieva
Title: Shape Responses of Ultrathin Hydrogel Microcapsules.
Award amount: $525,000

Dr. Karolina Mukhtar
Title: Regulatory Mechanisms of Pathogen-Mediated Cellular Stress Signaling in Arabidopsis: Taking Plant Molecular Biology to the Urban Garden
Amount: $1.1 million

Dr. Thamar Solorio
Title: Authorship Analysis in Cross-Domain Settings
Amount: $500,000

Dr. Ragib Hasan
Title: Secure and Trustworthy Provenance for Accountable Clouds
Amount: $485,000