Assistant professor Khurram Afridi has received 2016 CAREER Awards, the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious award for junior faculty.
"We anticipate with excitement that this new class of CAREER grantees will make pioneering discoveries and inspire young minds to advance the engineering enterprise and improve the lives of all Americans," NSF Assistant Director for Engineering Pramod Khargonekar said in a press release.
Afridi’s award will support his research in high-frequency power electronics for wireless power transfer systems. The technology “has the potential to address critical energy issues and improve human quality of life by enabling autonomous charging in applications ranging from electric vehicles (EVs) and robotics to portable electronics and biomedical implants,” Afridi wrote.
CAREER awards provide approximately $500,000 over five years.