The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) announced the results of an award of ~$18 million in grants to 48 scientists and engineers who submitted winning research proposals through the Air Force’s Young Investigator Research Program (YIP). Assistant Professor Samantha Daly was one of the recipients of the 2012 AFOSR YIP award for her proposal “New Approach Towards Characterizing Microstructural Influence on Material Behavior Under Very High Cycle Fatigue.”
YIP is open to scientists and engineers at research institutions across the United States who received PhD or equivalent degrees in the last five years and show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research. The object is to foster creative basic research, enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators, and increase opportunities for the young investigator to recognize the Air Force mission and related challenges.
This year AFOSR received 220 proposals in various areas, including: aerospace, chemical and material sciences; physics and electronics; and mathematics, information and life sciences. The winning proposals will receive the grants over a 3 to 5-year period.
Daly is the leader of the Active Materials and Mechanics Laboratory, which focuses on research involving the intersection of experimental mechanics and materials science, with an emphasis on using novel methods of experimentation coupled closely with theoretical and computational modeling.