GREENVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 27, 2013) — East Carolina University assistant professor of mathematics, Dr. Guglielmo “Will” Fucci, is a recipient of the 2013 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associate Universities (ORAU), a 109-member university association affiliated with Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Each member university may submit the names of only two faculty members in consideration for the prestigious award, which is intended to enrich the research and professional growth of young faculty. Fucci is one of 30 recipients for this year’s award, chosen from among 147 competitive applicants.
Along with the acknowledgement of previous ECU recipients of the award, Fucci was honored by the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Mathematics at a reception held Wednesday, September 25, in the Math Library.
“There is significant prestige connected to this award, and I am delighted that our own Dr. Fucci was selected as a recipient,” said Dr. Johannes Hattingh, chair of the Department of Mathematics.
The Powe award funds faculty research within one of five disciplines: engineering and applied science; life sciences; mathematics/computer science; physical sciences; and policy, management or education. As a recipient of the award, Fucci receives a one-year grant of $5,000 from ORAU, with an additional $5,000 match from ECU.
“I am very pleased to have won on of only 30 R.E. Powe awards,” said Fucci. “The funding provided by this award will certainly help me in making meaningful progress towards my research goals.”
Fucci’s research proposal, “The Casimir Effect Under the Influence of External Fields,” which will be funded by the award, focuses on the macroscopic manifestation of quantum properties of a vacuum. In his proposal, Fucci states he plans to develop appropriate mathematical techniques that will allow him to describe the Casimir effect when real, as opposed to idealized, materials are taken into account.
Results of Fucci’s research could prove valuable for applications in nanotechnological areas.
Fucci has presented previous research at several national and international conferences, and he has published more than 25 papers in highly ranked, peer-reviewed journals. In 2009, he received his Ph.D. in mathematical physics from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, and in 2005, he received his Master of Science degree in theoretical physics from the University of Napels “Federico II” in Italy. Prior to coming to ECU in August 2012, Fucci served as a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Mathematics at Baylor University from 2009–12.
For additional information, contact Fucci at 252-328-1885 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More information on the Powe awards may be found online at http://www.orau.org/university-partnerships/faculty-student-programs/powe/.