Department of Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Lillehoj Receives NSF Career Grant


Peter Lillehoj, an assistant professor in Mechanical Engineering, was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award for his proposal “Wearable, self-powered biosensors for disease detection and health monitoring”.  The goal of this 5-year project is to develop a new class of wearable, self-powered textile biosystems for in situ health monitoring and disease detection. This technology will be integrated directly onto fabrics and garments to provide lightweight, unobtrusive wearable sensing systems that do not compromise wearer mobility, comfort or attention.  In addition this his research efforts, this award will support his education and outreach initiatives which include developing new undergraduate and graduate curriculum, recruiting and mentoring engineering students in biomechanical technologies, and developing new outreach programs for middle/high school teachers and students to promote STEM fields to future generations of K-12 students


The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program offers the NSF’s most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. Such activities should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research.


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