Hilo native wins science award
The National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program honored Hilo native Janelle (Penisten) Wharry with the foundation’s most prestigious award for early-career faculty members at universities.
Awardees receive a research grant, typically with an award floor of approximately $500,000 over five years.
Wharry, a professor of nuclear engineering at Purdue University in Indiana, is a 2001 graduate of Waiakea High School. Her NSF Career program aims to improve the resistance of steels to fracture and incorporates a research program for community college students.