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Release: Jan. 23, 2002

Photo: Julie L.P. Jessop, professor of chemical and biochemical engineering in the University of Iowa College of Engineering.

UI Researcher Wins Prestigious NSF Career Award

Julie L.P. Jessop, assistant professor of chemical and biochemical engineering in the University of Iowa College of Engineering, has been selected by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to receive a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, effective Sept. 1.

As an award recipient, Jessop will receive $375,000 over the next five years. The CAREER award is the most prestigious NSF honor for junior faculty and is given in recognition of research and teaching excellence, as well as academic leadership potential. The awards, presented to engineers and scientists across the country, are designed to help universities attract and retain outstanding young faculty members.

Jessop 's NSF research, focused on the use of light rather than heat to initiate polymerization, has broad applications to industry. Widely used in the film, coating and ink industries, photopolymerization is finding new uses in the biomedical, communications, automotive and aerospace fields. The use of light instead of heat to initiate the process results in many savings, including energy costs and processing space and time.

Jessop, who came to the UI in 2000, earned her doctorate from Michigan State University in 1999.