Soft materials expert Datta receives NSF CAREER Award

Friday, Nov 15, 2019
by Scott Lyon

The National Science Foundation has granted Sujit Datta a CAREER Award, part of its Faculty Early Career Development Program that supports junior faculty who exemplify leadership in education and research.

This award comes with just over $400,000 in research funding with the possibility for continuation over the next five years. Datta, assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering, will use the funds to investigate how bacteria move in porous environments like biological tissues, soils and sediments, and gels. The work promises to make a wide-ranging impact, from the basic study of diseases to technological applications for remediating pollution in groundwater.

Datta joined the Princeton faculty in 2017 after a postdoctoral fellowship at the California Institute of Technology. He is the 2015 recipient of the American Physical Society's Andreas Acrivos Dissertation Award in Fluid Dynamics, and will give the 2020 Stanley Corrsin Memorial Lecture at Johns Hopkins University. Datta has been twice commended by the Princeton engineering school for outstanding teaching.