Department of Defense nominates nine university professors to receive Vannevar Bush Fellowships
The Department of Defense (DoD) has named nine recipients of the Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowships for 2022. The Vannevar Bush Fellowship is considered the Department of Defense’s most prestigious single scholar award. Each fellowship provides five years of basic research support with funding of up to $3 million.
Previously known as the National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship, the fellowships name was changed in 2016 to honor Dr. Vannevar Bush, former professor and dean of engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who during World War II world, served as director of the Office of Scientific Research and Development of the United States Department of Defense, coordinating the work of thousands of scientists.
Bush’s 1945 report to the President of the United States, “Science, The Endless Frontier”, called for an expansion of government support for science, and he was one of the first to call for the creation of the National Science Foundation ( NSF), claiming that basic research is “the stimulator of technological progress”.
The Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowships are intended to advance transformative basic academic research in areas important to the DoD, such as materials science, bioengineering, networks and artificial intelligence, cognitive neuroscience, quantum information and applied mathematics.
The objectives of the program are to:
- Support unclassified fundamental scientific and technical research that could be the basis of future breakthrough new capabilities for the DoD.
- Educate and train students and postdoctoral researchers for the defense workforce.
- Foster long-term relationships between academic researchers and the DoD.
- Familiarize university researchers and their students with current and future DoD challenges.
- Increase the number of talented technical experts the DoD can call upon.
“The Vannevar Bush Fellowship is the department’s most prestigious fellowship,” said Dr. Jean-Luc Cambier, VBFF program director in the DoD announcement. “It is geared towards bold and ambitious ‘blue sky’ research that will lead to extraordinary results that have the potential to revolutionize entire disciplines, create entirely new fields, or disrupt accepted theories and perspectives.”
As with previous cohorts, the class of 2022 includes both scientists and engineers. Here are the nine winners:
George Karniadakis, Charles Pitts Robinson and John Palmer Barstow Professor of Applied Mathematics and Engineering, Brown University;
Andrew Stuart, Bren Professor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, California Institute of Technology;
Mark Schnitzer, researcher at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and cross-appointed professor in the departments of biology and applied physics at Stanford University;
Neal Devaraj, Murray Goodman Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, San Diego;
Jun Ye, JILA Fellow and Professor of Physics, University of Colorado;
Jelena Vuckovic, Jensen Huang Professor of Global Leadership in the School of Engineering, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University;
Christian van de Walle, Herbert Kroemer Professor of Materials Science, University of California, Santa Barbara;
Kunihiko Taira, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles;
Sharon Glotzer, Anthony C. Lembke Department Chair of Chemical Engineering, John Werner Cahn Distinguished University Professor of Engineering and Stuart W. Churchill Collegiate Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan.
In addition to their research projects, Vannevar Bush Fellows are encouraged to engage directly with the DoD, collaborate with DoD laboratories, and share their insights with DoD leaders and the broader national security community. .
The Vannevar Bush Fellowship is sponsored by the Office of Basic Research, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. Grants are administered by the Office of Naval Research. For the 2022 competition, over 300 white papers were received from fellowship applicants.