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NSF Program Directors

Kershed Cooper

Khershed P Cooper
Representing the Advanced Manufacturing Program

Bio: Dr. Khershed P. Cooper is Program Director for the Advanced Manufacturing Program at NSF. He is NSF representative for National Science & Technology Council (NSTC)'s Nano Science Engineering & Technology (NSET) Sub-committee and is a member of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI)’s Signature Initiative on Sustainable Nanomanufacturing. He contributes to the development of the Manufacturing USA Institutes. Prior to joining NSF, Dr. Cooper was a Program Officer at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and a Senior Research Metallurgist at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), where he studied materials processing, additive and nanomanufacturing. He also has industrial research experience. He has nearly 150 publications, over 150 invited talks, and 70 contributed presentations. He has sponsored symposia and workshops in additive and nanomanufacturing. He is a Fellow of ASM International and a recipient of its prestigious Burgess Memorial Award. He received his PhD from University of Wisconsin - Madison.

Laurel Kuxhaus

Laurel Kuxhaus
Representing the Biomechanics & Mechanobiology Program and the Mechanical and Engineering Materials Cluster

Bio: Laurel Kuxhaus, PhD, is the program director of Biomechanics & Mechanobiology within the Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation at the National Science Foundation. Concurrently, she is an Associate Professor of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering at Clarkson University, where she directs the Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory. Her laboratory work spans the field of orthopaedic biomechanics including injury biomechanics of both hard and soft tissues and design of both orthopaedic implants and assistive technology devices. She holds B.S. (Engineering Mechanics) and B.A. (Music) degrees from Michigan State University, an M.S. (Mechanical Engineering) from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. (Bioengineering) from the University of Pittsburgh. In 2018, she was elected to Fellow status of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and has previously served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Bioengineering Division of ASME. Most recently (2018-19), she spent a year on Capitol Hill working in science and technology policy as an ASME Congressional Fellow.

Caglar Oskay

Caglar Oskay
Representing the Engineering for Civil Infrastructure Program and the Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructures Cluster

Bio: Caglar Oskay is the program director of the Engineering for Civil Infrastructure Program within the Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation at the National Science Foundation. Concurrently, Caglar Oskay is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and the Mechanical Engineering Departments at Vanderbilt University. He received M.S. in Applied Mathematics, M.S. in Civil Engineering and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His research focuses on nonlinear response of heterogeneous materials and structures using computational modeling and simulation, including characterization of the failure response of systems that involve multiple temporal and spatial scales, and method development for failure analysis of composites subjected to impact, blast and other extreme loading and environmental conditions. Prof. Oskay was named Chancellor Faculty Fellow at Vanderbilt University in 2016, Fellow of ASME in 2017 and Fellow of the Engineering Mechanics Institute in 2019. Prof. Oskay also serves on the Executive Committee of the ASME Materials Division, as the Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Mechanics and the International Journal for Multiscale Computational Engineering.

Siddiq Qidwai

Siddiq Qidwai
Representing the Mechanics of Materials and Structures Program and the Mechanical and Engineering Materials Cluster

Bio: Dr. Siddiq Qidwai is the Program Director of the Mechanics of Materials and Structures Program (MoMS) at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Before joining NSF as a permanent employee, he was a Section Head (acting) in the Material Science & Technology division of the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). Dr. Qidwai received his PhD in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M University. His expertise lay in the area of computational mechanics and materials science with strong focus in constitutive modeling and multiphysics phenomena. Courtesy of NRL, he still dabbles part-time in biomechanical modeling of the human head under high-rate impacts and microstructure-sensitive modeling of corrosion. Dr. Qidwai is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Harsha Chelliah

Harsha Chelliah
Representing the Combustion and Fire Systems Program and Transport Phenomena Cluster

Bio: Dr. Harsha K. Chelliah is the Program Director of the Combustion and Fire Systems (CFS) in the Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET). The CFS program endeavors to create the fundamental scientific knowledge base that is essential for advancing modern combustion devices with reduced impact on the environment and for mitigation of unwanted fires. The basic research areas of interest to the CFS program includes combustion of gas, liquid, and solid fuels over a broad range of temperatures, pressures, and compositions; combustion at supercritical conditions; novel propulsion concepts; design and integration of new fuels and its combustion properties; development of chemical kinetics models, analytical and numerical predictive methods, and advanced diagnostic tools. Dr. Chelliah is a Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Virginia and is currently on a temporary assignment at NSF. He received his PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University. He is a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers, an Associate Fellow of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a Visiting Fellow at Peterhouse College at Cambridge University.

Ying Sun

Ying Sun
Representing the Thermal Transport Processes Program and Transport Phenomena Cluster

Bio: Dr. Ying Sun is the program director of the Thermal Transport Processes program under ENG/CBET, on leave from Drexel University where she is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics. Her research interests include multiscale modeling of transport phenomena in energy systems and advanced manufacturing, nano/micro-scale two-phase heat transfer, complex fluids physics, and other areas of multiphase flow and heat/mass transport. Dr. Sun has authored over 70 refereed publications and delivered over 80 invited talks. She was a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award, AFOSR Summer Faculty Fellowship, French CNRS Visiting Professorship, and Drexel College of Engineering Research Achievement Award. Dr. Sun was an ELATE Leadership Fellow and a visiting professor at Princeton University, Ecole Polytechnique, and Tsinghua University during her sabbatical year. She is currently an Associate Editor for the ASME Journal of Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage and serves as Chair for the 4th and Vice Chair for the 3rd Gordon Research Conference on Micro and Nanoscale Phase Change Phenomena. Prior to joining Drexel in 2009, Dr. Sun was an Assistant Professor at SUNY-Binghamton. She received her B.Eng. degree from Tsinghua University and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Iowa.