Cheng wins DARPA Young Faculty Award

Aug. 2, 2016 - Assistant Professor Xiang Cheng received a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award (YFA) which will provide a $400,000 grant for two years to support his research on “Studying the emergent collective flows of active fluids using engineered bacterial strains.” In his proposed research, Cheng will study the emergent collective flows of active fluids--a novel class of non-equilibrium soft matter with examples including flocking animals, synthetic swimmers and vibrated granular particles. The goal of his project is to characterize the performance envelope of active fluids under different stimuli and, using the characterization results, to design novel “smart” fluids that allow for flexible control of flow behaviors in adaptive microfluidic devices. Cheng will be recognized for this honor and receive a plaque at the DARPA YFA kickoff event in October 2016 in Arlington, Virginia.

The DARPA Young Faculty Award program seeks to identify and engage rising research stars in junior faculty positions and introduce them to Department of Defense (DoD) needs. The YFA program provides funding, mentoring and industry and DoD contacts to awardees early in their careers so that they may develop their research ideas in the context of DoD needs.

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