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Xiaoliang Jin receives NSF Career Award

(STILLWATER, Okla., May 2, 2016) – Dr. Xiaoliang Jin, assistant professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, has received the prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award. Recipients for the award are selected based on their innovative research at the forefront of science and technology, relevant to the NSF mission, as well as community service demonstrated through education, scientific leadership or community outreach.
“Obtaining a large federal grant is a feat in and of itself; but garnering a prestigious CAREER award is a particularly laudable accomplishment,” says Kenneth Sewell, vice president for research at OSU. “I am confident that Jin will utilize the CAREER grant to propel his research and teaching programs at OSU to the next level.”
Jin’s CAREER proposal objective is to integrate precision manufacturing research into the learning processes of students from the K-12 stage to the university level. He plans to develop an ‘Optics World’ program by collaborating with the Oklahoma WONDERtorium, a local children’s museum, to introduce K-12 students to the field of optics manufacturing.  The research will be integrated at the university level by developing research-oriented instructional and experimental modules in three key engineering courses.
“Jin’s plans to integrate this research into the classroom are very exciting; exposing young children to concepts of optics at the children’s WONDERtorium and bringing youngsters into the lab will spark interest in this area that otherwise would not occur,” says Sewell. “I am also pleased that his research will serve to enrich offerings in both undergraduate and graduate courses in mechanical and aerospace engineering.  Clearly, he has put together an impressive set of projects that will have great impact in his field and beyond.”
In addition, collaborations with the Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program will provide Native American students the opportunity to be directly involved in this research.
“The proposed plan of integrating this research into education will expose the students and the public to precision manufacturing and optics engineering, and prepare the next generation of engineers in advanced manufacturing areas, which is critical to the advancement of the U.S. industry and economy,” says Jin.
“Precision manufacturing will play an increasingly important role in the economy of the 21st century,” says Dan Fisher, professor and head of the School of Mechanical and Aerospace engineering. “We’re very proud of Dr. Jin’s contributions to this field and look forward to his continued success as a research scholar in mechanical and aerospace engineering.”
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