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Clemson Assistant Professor to Receive NSF Award

Apr 27, 2018 03:55PM ● By Kathleen Maris

Photo: Ethan Kung (center) with two of his Ph.D. students, Masoud Farahmand (left) and M. Sabbir Salek (right).

Clemson University announces that Ethan Kung, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is receiving a $513,729 CAREER award from the National Science Foundation.

The award, one of the nation's top honors for junior faculty members, will allow him to further develop a new way of modeling the cardiovascular system. It could enhance researchers’ ability to test new devices, surgeries, and other procedures on computers and in labs before experimenting on animals and humans. New treatments for heart conditions could make it to patients faster and less expensively.

Kung will demonstrate his research Monday, April 30th in his lab on Clemson’s main campus. There will be photos and videos of Kung working with lab equipment that include tubes, pumps, and wires. Guests should gather at 10 a.m. Monday in the lobby of the Fluor Daniel Engineering Innovation Building , which is at the intersection of South Palmetto Boulevard and Fernow Street at Clemson.

Kung made headlines around the world in 2016 when he used a leased carpenter bee to teach students about fluid mechanics, which was caught on video and made viral. It is unrelated to the CAREER award, although both underscore his innovation in the classroom and lab.