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Cloutier Wins DARPA Young Faculty Award

ECE Assistant Professor Sylvain G. Cloutier was selected by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to receive the prestigious Young Faculty Award. Cloutier and his fellow award recipients will receive a grant of approximately $150,000 to be used to further develop their research during the coming year.

The Young Faculty Award program, sponsored by DARPA’s Microsystems Technology Office, is designed to seek out ideas from non-tenured faculty in order to identify the next generation of researchers working on new concepts that are innovative, speculative, and high-risk. DARPA has identified 39 rising stars in university microsystems research to receive Young Faculty Awards.

“This year’s Young Faculty Award competition produced more than 250 exciting ideas from the best and brightest young faculty in the US. The quality of these ideas and the talent of the applicant pool made this a valuable event for us, and we’re especially excited to work with the awardees in the next year and, hopefully, throughout their careers,” noted Dr. Thomas Kenny, DARPA’s program manager for the initiative.

The recipients were selected through a highly-competitive three-stage process. DARPA initially received brief abstracts from 277 young faculty applicants from universities all over the country. Following a review of the abstracts, DARPA invited 59 applicants to discuss their ideas with program managers, and learn more about the Agency. For the final selection stage, these researchers were invited to submit proposals explaining their program idea in more detail. Finally, 39 of those proposals were recommended for funding, providing support to researchers from 27 universities located in 17 different states.

For more information about the DARPA Young Faculty Award program, visit: http://www.darpa.mil/mto/programs/yfa


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