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SFAz Name Top Science & Engineering Talent as 2017 SFAz Bisgrove Scholars



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Nationally, Internationally Recognized Awardees to Lead Research at Arizona Institutions.

PHOENIX (Jan 17, 2017) – Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz) is pleased to announce the 2017 SFAz Bisgrove Scholars Awards. These awards created by SFAz with the generous support of philanthropist Mr. Jerry Bisgrove to attract, support and retain in Arizona exceptional and innovative new researcher talent. The highly competitive prize, now in its sixth year, has awarded over $4 million to 21 scholars working across the research performing institutions of the state.

This year’s five (5) recipients, each to receive $200,000 in support of their research are; Dr. Bruno Azeredo, Arizona State University (ASU) and Drs. Michael Marty, Jiangqaing Chen, Luke McGuire and John Shaibley from the University of Arizona, (UA).

brunoAz2Bruno Azerado, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Manufacturing Engineering at ASU Polytechnic School and member of the ASU Manufacturing Research Innovation Hub.  Dr. Azeredo earned his B.S. in engineering mechanics in 2010, M.S. in theoretical and applied mechanics in 2013, and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering in 2016, all from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research focuses on the design of 3D-manufacturing platforms to enable scalable fabrication of micro and nano-materials for applications in biomedical devices, optics, microelectronics and energy harvesting.


michaelMaMichael Marty, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of Arizona (UA). Dr. Marty completed his Ph.D. in chemistry as a Springborn Fellow at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2013 followed by postdoctoral research at the University of Oxford until joining the UA faculty in 2016. His research applies lipoprotein nanodiscs with mass spectrometry to study membrane proteins and their interactions with lipid bilayers important in the study of fluid and chemicals movements through cells.


jianChJianqiang Cheng, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Systems and Industrial Engineering at the University of Arizona (UA). Dr. Cheng earned his B.S. in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics from Shanghai University, China, in 2007, and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Paris-Sud, France, in 2013. Prior to joining UA, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, CA. His research interests include large scale risk analysis (stochastic) programming for network design and energy management systems.


lukeLuke McGuire, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Arizona. He received his B.S. in Mathematics from Bucknell University in 2008. After earning his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Arizona in 2013, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher with the U.S. Geological Survey Landslide Hazards Program. His current research focuses on the geologic surface processes that shape landscapes, with applications to natural hazards like wildfires, a serious issue for Arizona and how these events impact landscape evolution.


johnShDr. John Schaibley, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Arizona. Dr. Schaibley earned his B.S. in Physics and Mathematics from Purdue University and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering (Optics) and Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Michigan. His current research focus is on the discovery of new fundamental optoelectronic device physics, and the applications of this physics to information processing and energy harvesting technologies.



“Arizona’s future is dependent on our ability to attract and foster the most innovative science and engineering minds in Arizona,” said Dr. William Harris, President and CEO of SFAz. “SFAz Bisgrove Scholars are synonymous with top-tier science and engineering research talent. The program and those selected scholars have the ability to transform their fields of research into direct value not only for Arizona, but for all society.”


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