Florida A&M University (FAMU) recently announced the 2021 Principal Investigators Researcher Awards.
Komalavalli Thirunavukkuarasu, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics, received the Emerging Researcher Award. Known as Dr. T to her students, Thirunavukkuarasu has proven to be an outstanding faculty member who has demonstrated emergent research in her field of expertise, physics.
She advises nine graduate students, received five grants, the highest being $375,000 and has been credited with more than 31 publications.
Shon-da Bernadin, Ph.D., associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, received the Research Excellence Award. Bernadin has excelled in her research areas in electrical engineeringand education. She has authored or co-authored more than 50 refereed articles, published 14 papers, supervises nine Ph.D. students and received more than $1.55 million from the Department of Engineering.
She has developed a community summer outreach program to broaden the participation of underrepresented students in engineering.
Lambert Housson Blé Kanga, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Entomology Department and director of the Center for Biological Control, received the 2021 Distinguished Researcher Award. Kanga’s breadth of research capability spans from basic to applied. He has conducted scholarly research programs in different environmental settings, signifying that he is genuinely distinguished. He has published over 100 articles and received external funding of over $10 million.