Two College of Science professors represent Purdue in 2016 Sloan Research Fellowships


Author(s): Jesica Hollinger and Tim Brouk

Two College of Science professors were the only Purdue representatives in the 2016 Sloan Research Fellowship recipients.

Christopher Uyeda, assistant professor of organic chemistry, and David F. Gleich, assistant professor of computer science, were two of 126 outstanding U.S. and Canadian researchers that received the awards Feb. 23.

David Gleich
David F. Gleich

Sloan Fellowships honor early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars, the next generation of scientific leaders. Fellows receive $55,000 to further their research.

Gleich’s research deals with enabling currently infeasible analysis of large data in science and engineering. He works to craft new methods that combine insights about how computer algorithms behave on these data with complex engineering characteristics of the computers themselves. 

“The software I've written based on this research has been used to study reducing jet-noise from new airplanes, to study how to identify different types of tissue in an MRI scan, to find groups of related proteins between different animals, among even more diverse uses,” Gleich explained.  He sees that the fellowship will greatly benefit his work and allow it to evolve in exciting new ways.  It also will provide him the resources to further make high-quality software based on the research available for others to use.

Uyeda’s work pursues more efficient and sustainable processes in organic synthesis and energy conversion. His research encompasses the various aspects of molecular catalyst design and is broadly aimed at accomplishing fundamentally challenging bond activations and constructions while providing practical solutions to unsolved synthetic problems. The approach capitalizes on the unique opportunities in the molecular sciences to rationally manipulate catalyst structure in order to control function and probe mechanism.

Christopher Uyeda
Christopher Uyeda

Awarded in eight scientific and technical fields—chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, neuroscience, ocean sciences, and physics—the Sloan Research Fellowships are awarded in close coordination with the scientific community. Candidates must be nominated by their fellow scientists and winning fellows are selected by an independent panel of senior scholars on the basis of a candidate’s independent research accomplishments, creativity, and potential to become a leader in his or her field.

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