By Pete Brown - June 28, 2012, 11:54 am
Ricardo Sanfelice, an assistant professor in the UA aerospace and mechanical engineering department, recently received a grant of $400,000 from the National Science Foundation to research smart grid systems.
This NSF award is Sanfelice's second grant this year related to hybrid systems research. The first was an award of $360,000 from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research to research the design of control algorithms for autonomous vehicles in adversarial environments.
Sanfelice was awarded the 5-year NSF grant under its prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Program. The program supports junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research. The award also recognizes junior faculty with great potential to become future leaders in their areas of research.
Sanfelice received the AFOSR award through the agency's Young Investigator Program, which awards about $18 million in grants to young researchers yearly.