Research: Five professors named 2012 Ford Research Fellows

SMU's 2012 Ford Research Fellows with President R. Gerald Turner - Jingbo Ye, Dinesh Rajan, Paul Krueger, William Abraham and Lisa Pon
SMU's 2012 Ford Research Fellows were honored by the Board of Trustees during its May meeting. Left to right: President R. Gerald Turner, Jingbo Ye, Dinesh Rajan, Paul Krueger, William Abraham and Lisa Pon.

Five outstanding SMU researchers have been named as the University’s 2012 Ford Research Fellows.

This year’s recipients are William Abraham, Wesley Studies, Perkins School of Theology; Paul Krueger, Mechanical Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering; Lisa Pon, Art History, Meadows School of the Arts; Dinesh Rajan, Electrical Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering; and Jingbo Ye, Physics, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.

Established in 2002 through a $1 million pledge from SMU Trustee Gerald J. Ford, the fellowships help the University retain and reward outstanding scholars. Each recipient receives a cash prize for research support during the year.

Learn more about the new Fellows under the link.

William Abraham is Albert Cook Outler Professor of Wesley Studies in Perkins School of Theology and an internationally renowned expert on John Wesley, as well as in the broader field of theological epistemology. His research interests include Cardinal Newman, Eastern Orthodox theology, and theological renewal movements in Christianity. He is the author or editor of books including Crossing the Threshold of Divine Revelation (Eerdmans, 2007), Canon and Criterion in Christian Theology (Clarendon Press, 1998), and The Rationality of Religious Belief, edited with Steven W. Holtzer (Clarendon Press, 1987). Currently, he is planning a four-volume work on divine action and divine agency for his publisher, Oxford University Press.

Paul Krueger is an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering. An expert in experimental fluid mechanics with an emphasis in vortex dynamics, he studies vortex ring formation, pulsed jets, flow control and biological locomotion. Currently, he works with squid biologists and other researchers at Old Dominion University and Franklin & Marshall College to evaluate the methods by which cephalopods swim as they swim at different speeds. He plans to use those studies to discover ways to enhance key features of unsteady flows and understand how to apply them to propulsion problems in engineering. His awards include a 2004 National Science Foundation CAREER Award and a 2001 Richard Bruce Chapman Memorial Award for Distinguished Research in Hydrodynamics.

Lisa Pon is an associate professor of art history in Meadows School of the Arts and a noted Renaissance scholar specializing in early 16th-century Italian art. Her research focuses on the technology of art, the authority of the artist, and the work of art as religious image. Her first book, Raphael, Dürer, and Marcantonio Raimondi: Copying and the Italian Renaissance Print, was published by Yale University Press in 2004. Her awards include a 2008-09 Sam Taylor Fellowship and a 2012 fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies. She is completing a manuscript for her next book, Venice and the Early Modern Plague, which will explore how the plague was conceived and defined by Venetian writers, publishers and public health authorities.

Dinesh Rajan is an associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering. His research interests include communication and information theories and their applications, with an emphasis on next-generation wireless technologies and their physical and networking layers. His work applies information theory to wireless communications and computational imaging, with the goal of creating wireless network design that dramatically improves performance over current state-of-the-art networks. He also leads a multi-university team that is developing the world’s first large-scale network emulator. His honors include a 2006 NSF CAREER Award and SMU’s 2006-07 Golden Mustang Award, which honors junior faculty members who sustain high achievement as both teachers and scholars.

Jingbo Ye is a professor of experimental physics in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. His research in experimental particle physics includes an interest in applying particle detector technologies and their associated electronics to fields such as medical imaging. As part of his work with the Liquid Argon Calorimeter subdetector in ATLAS, the largest detector in CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, he has led development of an optoelectronic link-on-chip serializer that has set two world speed records and is acknowledged as the fastest integrated circuit ever made. He specializes in analysis strategy for the Higgs boson search at ATLAS and recently was promoted to a project management position for the detector upgrade program.