Cheng awarded 2015 Packard Fellowship

Oct. 15, 2015 - Assistant Professor Xiang Cheng is among 18 of the nation's most innovative early-career scientists and engineers as a recipient of the 2015 Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering. Cheng will receive a grant of $875,000 over five years to pursue his research on the physics of soft materials, a broad class of condensed matter that has important technological applications and forms the basis of most biological systems. Particularly, Cheng's lab is interested in the flow of suspensions composed of active particles and aims to design complex fluids with controllable fluid properties.

The Packard Foundation established the Fellowships program in 1988 to provide early-career scientists with flexible funding and the freedom to take risks and explore new frontiers in their fields. Each year, the Foundation invites 50 universities to nominate two faculty members for consideration. The Packard Fellowships Advisory Panel, a group of 12 internationally-recognized scientists and engineers, evaluates the nominations and recommends Fellows for approval by the Packard Foundation Board of Trustees.

“The Packard Fellowships give some of the most talented, early-career scientists and engineers the flexibility to experiment, take risks and explore new ideas that they otherwise may not have the resources to do,” said Dr. Frances Arnold, Dickinson Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry and Director of the Donna and Benjamin M. Rosen Bioengineering Center at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), and Chair of the Packard Fellowships Advisory Panel. “This type of investment in the nation’s best and brightest was something that David Packard believed would help to accelerate scientific breakthrough and in turn, provide many benefits to our society.”

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