Blue Waters Professor Diwakar Shukla named Sloan Research Fellow

02.25.19 -

Diwakar Shukla, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Illinois and a Blue Waters Professor at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), was one of two Illinois professors named a Sloan Research Fellow by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

This fellowship, which lasts for two years, has been awarded to 126 researchers across the United States and Canada, and amounts to $70,000. Fellows were chosen based on their research’s unique potential to make significant impacts in the fellow’s area of expertise, something that Shukla has demonstrated through his work creating physical models of minute biological processes.

Read the full press release here:

By Diana Yates, University of Illinois News Bureau

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Two Illinois scientists are among 126 recipients of the 2019 Sloan Research Fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. According to the foundation, the awards “honor early career scholars whose achievements mark them as among the most promising researchers in their fields.”

This year’s Illinois recipients are electrical and computer engineering professor Haitham Al-Hassanieh and chemical and biomolecular engineering professor Diwakar Shukla.

Al-Hassanieh works on designing systems and algorithms for wireless networking and mobile sensing in order to enhance and scale connectivity in future networks and the “internet of things.” He received a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and joined the U. of I. faculty in 2016. He is an affiliate of the department of computer science and of the Coordinated Science Laboratory. He also leads the Systems and Networking Research Group. The fellowship will support his work in computer science.

Shukla uses physics-based models and techniques to understand complex biological processes such as the regulation of protein structure and function, with applications in food security and human health. He joined the Illinois faculty as a Blue Waters professor in 2015. He is an affiliate of the department of plant biology, the Center for Biophysics and Quantitative Biology, and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. He is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai and received a Ph.D. from MIT. The fellowship will support his work in chemistry.

“Sloan Research Fellows are the best young scientists working today,” said Alfred P. Sloan Foundation president Adam F. Falk. “Sloan Fellows stand out for their creativity, for their hard work, for the importance of the issues they tackle, and the energy and innovation with which they tackle them.”

A full list of the 2019 Fellows is available at the Sloan Foundation website.

About NCSA

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign provides supercomputing and advanced digital resources for the nation's science enterprise. At NCSA, University of Illinois faculty, staff, students, and collaborators from around the globe use advanced digital resources to address research grand challenges for the benefit of science and society. NCSA has been advancing one third of the Fortune 50® for more than 30 years by bringing industry, researchers, and students together to solve grand challenges at rapid speed and scale.

National Science Foundation

Blue Waters is supported by the National Science Foundation through awards OCI-0725070 and ACI-1238993.