Office of Research Names New Faculty Fellow to Focus on Young Investigator Success
Professor Saiful Khondaker, PhD, has been named a Faculty Fellow in the Office of Research for 2019, a new position created last year to find ways to improve services provided in research administration, which will also help the Office of Research reach its strategic goals, including doubling research funding by 2020.
Dr. Khondaker, who has joint appointments in the NanoScience Technology Center, the Department of Physics, and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, will help junior faculty prepare competitive grant proposals that are essential to their success and enhance UCF’s reputation as a leading research institution.
Dr. Khondaker, who has received a National Science Foundation CAREER grant among others, will pay special attention
“Dr. Khondaker has a long, strong history of mentoring, which makes him a good fit for this important position,” says Debra Reinhart, associate vice president for Research and Scholarship who is overseeing the new initiative.
Dr. Khondaker, who says he had good mentors himself, plans to help researchers market their ideas so program managers take an interest.
“Our faculty have lots of good ideas,” he says. “But the trick is knowing how to market them to the program managers and reviewers who impact the decisions about who gets funded. I’m very excited to share what I’ve learned through trial and error and through panels I’ve served on.”
While the goal is to help the university reach its strategic goals, Khondaker says landing big grants also has benefits for the recipients.
“These awards are very prestigious,” he says. “A new investigator can use them as a stepping stone toward bigger awards. Because of their ripple effects, a recipient can have a very bright career which is good for them and for the university, too.”
Dr. Khondaker has multiple degrees including a doctorate in condensed matter from the University of Cambridge. His research area focuses on developing complex devices out of nanomaterials. He conducts than $ 1 million worth of research under multiple grants. To date, he has published 88 peer-reviewed articles and holds three patents.
Dr. Khondaker begins his duties this month and will be reaching out to colleges across campus to help identify junior faculty who can benefit from additional support. To recommend a candidate or ask a question, Dr. Khondaker can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Share This Article
Searching for the right graduate school is going to look a little different this year. The coronavirus pandemic has put a halt to one-on-one visits at many universities and colleges...
A University of Central Florida researcher is working to make portable devices and electric vehicles stay charged longer by extending the life of the rechargeable lithium-ion batteries powering them. Assistant...
Nearly 800 million people are without clean drinking water in the world, and for the environmental chemist and second-year doctoral candidate Lorianne Shultz, this is no small problem. In her...
The increase in remote work and e-learning sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic means more people are reading in digital formats, from eye-straining, small-text documents to PDFs that have embedded pictures...
The Adobe Max 2020 Creativity conference kicks off Tuesday and this year the event is completely virtual and free. Celebrities alongside tech gurus will discuss products and the power to...