Diana Huffaker, associate professor of electrical engineering, has been selected for the Department of Defense’s inaugural class of National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellows.

The prestigious fellowship offers up to $3 million of direct research support to conduct long-term, unclassified, basic research of strategic importance to the Department of Defense.

Huffaker, who is also the director of the Integrated NanoMaterials Core Lab at the California NanoSystems Institute, was selected for her work on “Exploring Dissimilar and Nanomaterials Integration as a Platform for New Medium and Long Wave Infrared Device Functionality.”

In response to the NSSEFF Broad Agency Announcement, nearly 150 academic institutions submitted more than 500 nomination letters. Twenty semi-finalists were interviewed by a distinguished panel of experts. Six fellows were named on June 2.

The NSSEFF program provides grants to top-tier researchers from U.S. universities to conduct long-term, unclassified, basic research of strategic importance to the Department of Defense. These grants engage the next generation of outstanding scientists and engineers in the most challenging technical issues facing the department.

The fellows will conduct basic research in core science and engineering disciplines that underpin future defense technology development. This basic research is crucial to applications such as sensors, surveillance, information security, cyber and force protection, and power projection.