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MAE's Adnan Named an ONR Summer Fellow

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Ashfaq AdnanAshfaq Adnan, an assistant professor in the Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Department, will be a Summer Fellow in the Multifunctional Materials Branch of the Office of Naval Research (ONR).

Dr. Adnan’s research will focus on multiscale modeling of cellular networks in the human brain. He will spend 10 weeks this summer at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington, D.C.  He will conduct computer simulations to investigate how sudden impacts on the human head affect one of the critical internal elements of human brain: the cellular network. 

"This study is important because clear understanding of the effects of head impact on the human brain may lead to enhancement in medical diagnostic capabilities and in the development of head-protective equipment," Adnan explained. "This fellowship will help me build strong and long-term collaborations with researchers from the Naval Research Laboratory. Beyond what I learn in this research project, there are many possibilities for future projects as well."

The Summer Faculty Research Program is designed to broaden the scope and horizon of faculty member's research interests and provide a foundation for future research collaborations; give faculty members access to equipment and resources not available at their universities; provide an understanding of the Department of the Navy research interests to help them pursue future funding; and to foster lasting relationships between Fellows and the researchers at the Navy laboratories.