Prof. Mainak Mookherjee, an Assistant Professor of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at Florida State University, was awarded the 2017 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU).
“We are all very proud of Mainak’s award. This is a very competitive award and it speaks highly of Mainak’s research program here at FSU,” stated Prof. James Tull, Chair of the EOAS Department.
The Earth Materials Laboratory led by Prof. Mookherjee examines the behaviors of minerals, melts, and fluids, at conditions relevant to the Earth and Planetary interiors. The Powe award to Mookherjee will support neutron scattering measurements at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to characterize atomistic scale structure of minerals at conditions relevant to the Earth’s interior. Prior to joining FSU in 2016, Dr. Mookherjee was a Research Scientist at the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Cornell University. He earned his PhD in Earth Sciences at the University of Cambridge, UK. He has held research positions at the University of Michigan, Yale University, and Bayerisches Geoinstitute in Bayreuth, Germany.
The Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards is awarded to junior faculties at ORAU member institutions whose research areas fall in one of five disciplines, including Engineering and Applied Science, Life Sciences, Mathematics/Computer Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Policy, Management, or Education. It is intended to enrich the research and professional growth of young faculty by providing them with seed money for research that is likely to result in new funding opportunities.