Xiaodong Xu Wins DARPA Young Faculty Award

Xiaodong Xu, Assistant Professor of MSE and Physics, is the recipient of a 2011 DARPA Young Faculty Award.  The award was granted for his work in the area of Quantum Science and Technology, for a project titled “Dynamically Tunable Mid-Infrared Quantum Optoelectronics Based on Bilayer Graphene.”


The objective of the DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA) program is to identify and engage rising research stars in junior faculty positions at U.S. academic institutions and expose them to Department of Defense needs as well as DARPA’s program development process.


The YFA program provides funding, mentoring, and industry and DoD contacts to awardees early in their careers so they may develop their research ideas in the context of DoD needs. The program focuses on untenured faculty, emphasizing those without prior DARPA funding. The long-term goal of the YFA program is to develop the next generation of academic scientists, engineers and mathematicians in key disciplines who will focus a significant portion of their career on DoD and national security issues.

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