Six University of California, Irvine assistant professors have been chosen from a highly competitive cohort to receive 2015-16 UCI Hellman Fellowships, which support research by junior faculty members who show great promise. Their projects focus on self-driving cars, economic instability at the U.S.-Mexico border and the production of carbon-neutral fuels, among other topics.
Syed Ali Jafar, a UC Irvine computer scientist who has changed the world’s understanding of the capacity of wireless networks, has won the 2015 Blavatnik National Award for Young Scientists in physical sciences & engineering. One of three winners chosen from among 300 candidates from highly ranked American universities and research institutions, Jafar will receive a $250,000 unrestricted cash prize and a medal in September at New York’s Museum of Natural History.
Jennifer Prescher, assistant professor of chemistry at UCI, is one of 13 researchers to win a 2015 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, which supports young faculty who've demonstrated outstanding commitment to research and education in the chemical sciences.