Joshua Degraff, a post-doctoral researcher at the High-Performance Materials Institute (HPMI) the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering’s Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, was recently awarded an Engineering Postdoctoral Fellowship from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).
Degraff’s research involves using nanofibers to make wearable sensors for structural health monitoring. Jin Gyu Park, Ph.D. will serve as Degraff’s faculty advisor.
“I’d like to thank ASEE and NSF for establishing the eFellows post-doctoral program and actively seeking minority representation,” Degraff said. “I am honored to receive this award through FAMU for my research and to also develop as an educator. My goal at the collaborative FAMU-FSU College of Engineering is not only to inspire minority involvement in STEM, but to set our standards even higher at both the college and at FAMU.”
The ASEE eFellows program places early-career Ph.D.s in engineering fields in university research postdoctoral fellowships. In addition to hands-on academic research with a faculty advisor, each fellow participates in professional development and mentoring activities designed to prepare them for future research careers.
The eFellows program is administered by the ASEE with funding provided by the National Science Foundation and provides postdoctoral researchers with a salary for two years. Degraff’s funding will be dispersed through Florida A&M University to cover salary, benefits and travel expenses.