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Professor’s work earns CAREER honor

Mohammad Younis has worked for years to understand the vibrations and mechanics of miniscule micro-electro-mechanical systems, known as MEMS, and even tinier ones called nano-electro-mechanical systems, or NEMS.

He has already received a patent for a MEMS device that would detect acceleration and mechanical shock. The device, he said, would be able to recognize when something crashed with a high level of force and then perform a desirable task.

Applications range from protecting the hard disk of a laptop computer to deploying a side-impact air bag.

Younis, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Binghamton, has received two ARRA-funded grants.

The first is $440,000 through the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program, the agency’s most prestigious program for young faculty. That project will focus on MEMS and their potential as smart sensors.

The second is $163,633 from the National Science Foundation for a collaborative project with Cornell University. That initiative is designed to provide a basic understanding of the dynamic behavior of carbon nano tubes when used as devices, or in NEMS applications.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08