Three UI assistant professors are among 169 young investigators nationwide who have received National Science Foundation grants. Nancy Makri in physichemistry, Michael T. Orchard in electrical and computer engieering and Daniel A. Tortorelli in mechanical engineering/manufacturing processes will each receive the maximum from the foundation, which means their grants will total about $100,000 a year for the next five years. The foundation provides $25,000 a year for five years and up to $37,500 more each year to match funds provided by industries and nonprofit institutions. Makri says she will use the grant to "develop new approaches for studying the dynamics of complex chemical systems that show quantum effects." Tortorelli said he will use the money to work on concurrent engineering approaches for cast and polymer proudcts. He researches theoretical development, computer implementationk and appliation of design and analysis methodologies in solid mechanics, structures, heat transfer and fluid mechanics. He is the 10th UI mechanical and industrial engineering professor to receive an NSF award. Orchard does research in digital video the technology needed to support the use of video on computer networks. The National Young Investigators' represent universities in 33 states and Puerto Rico. They were selected from more than 1,500 nominees. Thirty-eight award winners are women. Of the awards 35 went to people in engineering and 33 went to researchers in computer and information science and engineering. Other fields and the number of award winners in them include: materials research, 24; chemistry, 20; biology, 16; physics, 11; astronomy, seven; geosciences, seven; social and behavioral science, six mathematics, five; and science and math education, four.