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Dec. 12, 2019

2019 Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship Spotlight: Andrea Alù

Dr. Alu specializes in metamaterials, i.e. synthetic materials nano-engineered to have exotic properties as a result of structural patterns. He will spend his five-year, $3 million fellowship studying their thermal properties and how to control heat flow for a wide variety of materials and physical conditions. This research will include

Dec. 5, 2019

2019 Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship Spotlight: Jian Cao

Unlike many materials scientists, Dr. Cao isn’t studying the specific properties of exotic materials, but is working on a way to describe all of the approaches in manufacturing them. Under her fellowship award, she will establish a Manufacturing Process Compiler that would consider product size, available materials, and available manufacturing

Nov. 19, 2019

2019 Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship Spotlight: Siddharth Ramachandran

Dr. Ramachandran, selected as one of the ten 2019 Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellows, will study what he calls 'tornado light beams', i.e. light beams with optical angular momentum that gives them a spiraling structure. The orbital angular momentum of these exotic beams can provide a number of exotic effects when interacting with matter; it may even

Nov. 5, 2019

2019 Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship Spotlight: Dmitri Basov

Dr. Basov proposed for his fellowship grant to discover and study new forms of transient quantum matter. He will use laser pulse of femtosecond duration (a millionth of a billionth of a second) onto a nano-sized spot to drive thin films of selected materials into a non-equilibrium, yet strongly correlated state. The creation of phases of quantum

Oct. 21, 2019

2016 Vannevar Bush Fellow develops new technique to use 3-D printing for human tissue

Dr. Jennifer Lewis, a 2016 Vannevar Bush Fellow, along with fellow Harvard researchers, has developed a technique for 3D-printing vascular channels into stem-cell-derived organ building blocks. The technique is called SWIFT (Sacrificial Writing into Functional Tissue), and uses gelatin to create the required channels in each organ building block.

April 2, 2019

DoD Laboratory Scientist of the Quarter Award - Fourth Quarter FY18

Congratulations to 2016 LUCI Fellow Dr. Bryn Adams for her selection as the Department of Defense Laboratory Scientist of the Quarter! As a research scientist at U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Dr. Adams' work in the genetic control of non-traditional microbes blazes the way forward in developing self-healing sensors.  

April 2, 2019

2015 Vannevar Bush Fellow, Dr. Teri Odom, Develops Nanoscale Metalense Optical Elements

Using silver nanoparticles and a polymer, 2015 Vannevar Bush Fellow Dr. Teri Odom has developed a tiny lens that can change its shape and adjust its focus upon demand. The optical element is called a metalense . While glass causes chromatic aberrations by different wavelengths like a prism, a metalens uses tiny nanostructures to bend a wide

April 2, 2019

Team led by Dr. Charles Lieber, 2009 Vannevar Bush Fellow, designs neuron-mimicking probes with increased viability for long-term use

In work supported by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the NIH, among others, Dr. Charles Lieber has created neural probes that approximate the size, shape, and flexibility of real neurons. In mouse studies, this allows the probes to integrate into the brain and record the functions of adjacent neurons over 90 days without an immune

April 2, 2019

2014 Vannevar Bush Fellow Creates Metamaterials for Solving Integral Equations at Unprecedented Speeds

Dr. Nader Engheta uses complicated composites called metamaterials to make computers that operate with light, rather than electricity. Boundary conditions are set by the phases and magnitudes of the light shining into a block of dielectric material with a carefully crafted distribution of holes, and the light that leaves the device solves the

March 26, 2019

2015 Vannevar Bush Fellow discovers novel ‘quantum scarring’ behavior with potential for quantum computer resiliency

Dr. Mikhail Lukin is a Professor at Harvard University and a 2015 Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowesearch interests include the behavior of isolated atomic systems. His work has recently uncovered what may be a completely a new class of quantum systems.  Dr. Lukin and his research group arranged a line of 51 rubidium atoms alternating between atoms at