Dr. David Simmons is UA’s latest recipient of a prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award. The assistant professor of polymer engineering will receive a $475,000 grant to support his research project titled, “Glass formation in strongly interacting polymers – predictive understanding from high-throughput simulation and theory.”

“A predictive understanding of the glass transition in strongly interacting polymers would enable material scientists to rationally design polymers with extraordinary properties from first principles,” says Simmons. “This would enable us to move beyond the trial-and-error design that dominates in the absence of fundamental understanding.”

The NSF grant also will support Simmons’ outreach activities to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. These activities include expansion of a program to offer paid research internships to Akron Public Schools high school students, laboratory research opportunities for undergraduates, and coordination of 3+2 B.S./M.S. programs for students focused on STEM careers.

To learn more, visit the Simmons Research Group online.
Source: University of Akron Website 

                                                                   Dr. David Simmons