Congratulations to mechanical engineering assistant professor Mathieu Francoeur, who received the prestigious and highly competitive Young Investigator Award from the Army Research Office for his project entitled, “Design of Thermal Metamaterials Beyound the Effective Medium Theory: Direct numerical simulation via the Thermal Descrete Dipole Approximation (T-DDA).”

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s Army Research Office (ARO) mission is to serve as the Army’s premier extramural basic research agency in the engineering, physical, information and life sciences; developing and exploiting innovative advances to insure the Nation’s technological superiority. Basic research proposals from educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, and private industry are competitively selected and funded. ARO’s research mission represents the most long-range Army view for changes in its technology.

Dr. Francoeur is the director over the Radiative Energy Transfer Laboratory.



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