Physics department assistant professor receives UNCF/Mellon award


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (March 19, 2013) Zengjun Chen, assistant professor, has been awarded a 2013 faculty residency grant from the United Negro College Fund/Andrew W. Mellon Programs. According to the UNCF, “the faculty residency program is a part of a suite of Programs offered by the UNCF/ Mellon programs to strengthen our institutions by strengthening our faculty.” 

Chen will spend this summer semester investigating an important material known as Silicon Carbide at Auburn University. His proposed project is focused on developing very efficient electronic devices. The devices can potentially improve the performance of cars, trains, cell phones, etc. More importantly, these devices can work in a high-temperature and high-voltage environment, making them perfect for power control and conversion. 

With the funding, Chen plans to recruit a Tuskegee student to assist him on a proposed research topic here as well as this summer at Auburn. Chen earned his Ph.D. in solid state physics from Auburn University. Click here for more information about Chen and his research.

By: Eryk J. Pritchett, Tuskegee University Office of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing

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