Pradeep Sharma, a Maryland ME alumni and former doctoral student of Professor Abijit Dasgupta, received the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award for his proposal on the Novel Size-Effects in the Coupled Mechanical Deformation and Opto-Electronic Behavior of Quantum Dots and Wires. The total award amounts to $262,471 for three years is intended to further propel Sharma?s research as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Houston.

Sharma has been a professor at Houston?s Cullen College of Engineering since January 2004, and received his doctoral degree from the University of Maryland-College Park in 2000. For more information on his YIP award, please visit the University of Houston?s Mechanical Engineering website newsroom.

June 15, 2005

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