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News Release 17-036

Two early career researchers honored with Alan T. Waterman Award

Engineer and mathematician poised to have lasting impact on nation and world


The National Science Foundation recognized Baratunde "Bara" A. Cola of the Georgia Institute of Technology and John V. Pardon of Princeton University, with the 2017 Alan T. Waterman Award, the nation's highest honor for young researchers.

Credit: Georgia Institute of Technology (left); Denise Applewhite, Princeton University (right)

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2017 Waterman Awardee Baratunde A. Cola and colleagues used novel nanotechnology-inspired materials to engineer the first light-wave-enabled optical rectenna. The research could lead to alternate sources of cheap, clean, sustainable energy.

Credit: NSF


2017 Waterman Awardee John V. Pardon solved the Hilbert-Smith Conjecture, Gromov's problem and published papers on contact homology, virtual fundamental cycles, the distortion of knots, algebraic varieties and the carpenter's rule problem.

Credit: NSF