Two of Cleveland State University’s faculty members have been selected to receive one of the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious honours. Engineering professors Eric Schearer and Chris Wirth have both been named winners of the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Programme Award, the highest recognition National Science Foundation (NSF) gives to early-career faculty. The awards include a multi-year grant to be used to advance innovative research, while also providing mentoring and training to assist in developing the next generation of higher education leaders.
“The NSF CAREER programme is highly competitive and only awarded to the top early-career researchers in the nation,” says Dr. Ronald M. Berkman, president of Cleveland State University. “This announcement exemplifies the excellence and dedication of our faculty, and I would like to personally congratulate Professors Schearer and Wirth for this tremendous accomplishment.”
“This recognition from NSF also highlights the growth and increased national prominence of CSU’s overall research enterprise,” added Dr. Jerzy Sawicki, Vice President for research at Cleveland State. “Drs. Schearer and Wirth are both conducting novel research that will have significant positive impacts for our region and society as a whole, and these awards will greatly expand their efforts.”
The CAREER Programme was created by the National Science Foundation in 1994. It honours individuals who are working on cutting–edge scholarship with significant societal impact, who also have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education in their institutions and nationally.