Prestigious DARPA Award: Dr. Kourosh Shoele

Dr. Kourosh Shoele, who teaches and conducts research at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, has been recognized for his prodigious early career research output with the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency’s prestigious Young Faculty Award — an honor designed to identify and engage rising stars in junior research positions.

The Young Faculty Award will supply Shoele funding, introduce him and his cohort of recipients to urgent Department of Defense research needs and provide critical experience within DARPA’s program development process. With resources furnished by the Young Faculty Award initiative, Shoele plans to investigate new strategies for monitoring structures exposed to harsh environmental conditions.

“Unlike conventional techniques which only focus on the structure itself, we will look at the problem holistically and study how modifications in the structure affect the surrounding fields,” Dr. Shoele notes. “We will explore how to use minimal sensors to determine structural integrity and potential damage location and extent.”

Shoele said that startup support from Florida State and resources provided by the FSU Research Computing Center were vital in the development of his DARPA prize-funded project. He said staff and administrators from throughout the university also played pivotal roles in helping him secure this competitive national award.

“The help from the directors and staffs in the College of Engineering, the Florida Center for Advanced Aero-Propulsion and the Center for Advanced Power Systems was an important factor in our progress” he said. “Last but not least, the continuous support from the offices of the dean and associate dean for research at the College of Engineering has been essential in our success in receiving this award.”

The long-term goal of DARPA’s Young Faculty Award program is to develop the next generation of academic scientists, engineers and mathematicians who will focus significant portions of their careers on Department of Defense and national security issues. To learn more about the award, click here.

Source: FSU News