Three Institute of Technology faculty named McKnight Land-Grant Professors 

Three Institute of Technology faculty members are among 10 recipients of the 2010-12 McKnight Land-Grant Professorship, a program designed to advance the careers of the University's most promising junior faculty.

The winners were chosen for their potential to make important contributions to their field; the degree to which their achievements and ideas demonstrate originality, imagination, and innovation; the significance of their research; and the potential for attracting outstanding students. Each recipient will receive a research grant of approximately $30,000 in each year of the two-year appointment, to be used at the recipient's discretion for expenditures directly related to research and scholarly activities. In addition, each professor is awarded either a year's leave to pursue research during the second year of the award or a supplementary research grant.

The new McKnight Land-Grant Professors are:

Assistant Professor Ibrahim Volkan Isler (computer science and engineering). Isler's research interests are in the emerging and highly promising area of robotic sensor networks. These are networks of small robotic devices carrying sensors.Ibrahim Volkan Isler photo

Assistant Professor Vuk Mandic (physics). Focusing on physics of the earliest stages of the Universe and of the highest energies, his research project is "Searching for Gravitational Echoes of the Big Bang."Vuk Mandic photo

Assistant Professor Yoichiro Mori (mathematics). Yoichiro's research project is in mathematical biology, and titled "A Three-Dimensional Model of Cellular Electrical Activity with Applications to Heart and Brain Physiology." February 8, 2010

Yoichiro Mori photo