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Tuskegee University’s Dr. Vijay Rangari, a professor of materials science and engineering, was honored with a BEYA STEM Innovator Award at the 2020 BEYA STEM Global Competitiveness Conference.
The award was presented on Feb. 13 at BEYA 34, which brings together professionals and students from a variety of STEM-related backgrounds. The event allows them to network with others from around the country while participating in seminars and workshops that explore every facet of STEM career paths. Awards in several categories presented during the event recognized those who create innovation and inspiration, as well as career opportunities in the STEM fields.
The Washington, D.C., conference was hosted by “Black Engineer” magazine, the Council of Historically Black College and University Engineering Deans, Lockheed Martin Corporation, and Aerotek.
A faculty member since 2004, Rangari’s research focus is on the use of renewable resources for nanobiomaterials and their applications. Through his team’s efforts, Rangari is developing sustainable nanomaterials from waste resources for various applications, including biomedical and polymer composites for automotive and food packaging. These nanomaterials — obtained from renewable waste resources such as eggshells, peanut shells, rice husks, used coffee grinds and packaging waste — could have numerous applications in the automotive, electronic, textile, energy, aerospace and biomedical fields.
Rangari’s research endeavors — which have garnered more than $60 million in externally funded research as a principal investigator and co-principal investigator — have been sponsored by a variety of government and private programs, primarily the National Science Foundation.
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