Three professors named Young Investigators

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.


UIUC -- Inside Illinois -- 1994/01-20-94