Young Investigator Award

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Oct. 13, 2016

Mohsen Zayernouri receives a prestigious AFOSR 2017 Young Investigator Program Award 

Mohsen Zayernouri of the Michigan State University College of Engineering has been awarded a prestigious and selective 2017 Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award from the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR).

AFOSR will present $20.8 million in grants to 58 scientists and engineers from 41 research institutions and small businesses, which submitted winning research proposals through the Air Force's Young Investigator Research Program (YIP). The program is open to scientists and engineers at research institutions across the United States who received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last five years and who show “exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research,” according to the AFOSR.

Mohsen Zayernouri was awarded a Young Investigator Award for his "exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research."Zayernouri is an assistant professor of MSU’s new Computational Mathematics, Science, & Engineering (CMSE) department, and Mechanical Engineering. He is also the director of the Fractional Mathematics for Anomalous Transport and Hydromechanics (FMATH) group at MSU. He joined MSU in 2015.

His YIP research project is: Data-Infused Fractional PDE Modeling and Simulation of Anomalous Transport.

Zayernouri said his proposed research will break a new ground with long-term impact for data-infused and realistic simulations of the complex phenomena.

“The overarching goal is to develop a robust computational-mathematical modeling framework for predictive simulation of challenging multi-physics and multi-scale problems,” he said. “Such as anomalous (wave-to-diffusion) transport and aging complex materials, where the corresponding fractional PDE models can be obtained from available data from small-to-big scales.” 

Zayernouri received a PhD in applied mathematics from Brown University in 2014 and a PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Utah in 2010. He also earned master’s degrees in applied mathematics from Brown University in 2012 and in mechanical engineering from Tehran Polytechnic in Iran in 2006.

YIP fosters creative basic research in science and engineering and is designed to enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators. This year’s program received more than 230 proposals.

Awards were announced on Oct. 11, 2016.