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Prof. David Go Receives CAREER Award

Nancy Davis • DATE: February 14, 2013

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Prof. David Go Receives CAREER Award

David Go

David Go, assistant professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering, has been named a recipient of the 2013 National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. The award is the highest honor given by the U.S. government to young faculty in engineering and science. 

Go, who was also selected by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research for the 2011 Young Investigator Program, joined the University in 2008. His CAREER project, titled “Low Temperature Microplasmas for Thermal Energy Conversion, Education, and Outreach,” aims to establish a new technique to directly convert heat — whether it be from the sun, a nuclear reaction or the waste heat from an industrial process — to electricity. Go is investigating thermionic energy conversion, where electrons are ejected from a hot metal and collected by a cool metal to form current, and how to enhance it with a microplasma to make the technique more suitable for terrestrial applications. An ionized gas between the hot and cold surfaces, the microplasma will increase the number of electrons emitted from the hot surface, as well as improve the transport of electrons from the hot to cold surface.

In addition to the fundamental studies conducted as part of this project, Go will develop a plasma science booth for the local Science Alive festival hosted by the St. Joseph County Public Library. He will also continue a water discovery and analysis program that he initiated with local middle schools.

The co-owner of several patents, Go is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Society for Engineering Education, American Society for Mass Spectrometry and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

A graduate of Notre Dame, earning his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 2001, Go also earned a master’s degree in 2004 in aerospace engineering from the University of Cincinnati, and a doctorate in mechanical engineering in 2008 from Purdue University.

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