Yong Xu, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been selected to receive a 2008 National Science Foundation CAREER Award. The NSF’s most prestigious award supports research activities of young teacher-scholars around the country who most effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organization.
Xu is developing wearable accelerometers for continuous respiratory sound monitoring. The $400,000 NSF award will support this work over a five-year period. The micro devices Xu is developing can be used in medical applications to monitor, among various things, anesthesia administration during surgery. He is also working on nano-mechanical parylene cantilevers with integrated piezoresistors for biochemical sensing.
Xu received his bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, in 1997, and master’s and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, in 1998 and 2002. He joined the Wayne State Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering as an assistant professor in 2002.
Xu was also rewarded with the WSU Research Initiative Award and the Outstanding Faculty Service Award.