Hilo na­tive wins science award

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - COMMUNITY -

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.

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