Hu named Francis Alison Society's 2013 Mangone Young Scholar
1:38 p.m., Nov. 21, 2013--Juejun Hu, assistant professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Delaware, has been selected by the University’s Francis Alison Society’s to receive the 2013 Gerard J. Mangone Young Scholars Award.
The award, named in honor of a distinguished University professor, recognizes promising and accomplished young faculty. The recipient is chosen by fellow faculty members who have received the Francis Alison Award, the University’s highest faculty honor.
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“Professor Hu is a first-rate scholar and teacher. He is clearly a rising star in materials science and engineering," said Donald L. Sparks, S. Hallock du Pont Chair in Plant and Soil Sciences and chair of the Francis Alison Society.
Hu was nominated for his research in the field of nanophotonic materials and devices, including infrared optical glasses, integrated photonics, spectroscopy and sensing and magneto-optics.
“The materials and devices being created in JJ’s lab here at Delaware are enabling a wide variety of new capabilities, including the low cost, sensitive monitoring of chemical compounds in drinking water and the integrating of sensing systems in next generation avionics,” said David Martin, Karl W. and Renate Böer Professor and chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.
With more than $2 million dollars of active research support, Hu’s research focus includes developing more efficient solar cells, studying opto-mechanics and creating materials and device architectures for optical communications.
Hu is widely regarded as an outstanding teacher by his colleagues and students. In 2013, he received the University’s Excellence in Teaching award, based on student nominations. His course on nanophotonic materials and devices is one of the first of its kind being taught in the U.S. or internationally, according to Martin.
Additionally, with funding from a UD IT Transformation grant, he recently introduced Tablet PC technologies as a way to supplement the UD Capture system, which uses a video camera to record the class and post it online for student reference.
Hu earned his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in materials science and engineering from Tsinghua University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), respectively. He joined the UD faculty in 2010, following post-doctoral work at the Microphotonics Center at MIT.
He is the author of more than 40 journal publications and holds six patents.
About the award
The Mangone Young Scholars Award is named in honor of the late Gerard J. Mangone, who joined the UD faculty in 1972 and created the UD Center for the Study of Marine Policy, renamed in his honor in 2003.
Dr. Mangone, University Research Professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, received the Francis Alison Award in 1983. In 2010, he received an honorary degree from UD. He died on July 27, 2011.
Article by Kevin Cella
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