Björn Hartmann awarded 2013 Sloan Foundation Fellowship

20 Feb, 2013

Björn Hartmann awarded 2013 Sloan Foundation Fellowship

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation announced winners of the Sloan Research Fellowships for 2013 on Tuesday. Björn Hartmann, Associate Professor of Computer Science and member of the Berkeley Center for New Media's Executive Committee, was one of among 126 young American and Canadian faculty members to receive the prestigious fellowship.

Awarded annually since 1955, the fellowships are given to early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars, the next generation of scientific leaders. The fellows receive $50,000 each to be used to further their research.

Hartmann —whose main area of research lies in Human-Computer Interaction, focusing on novel design, prototyping, and implementation tools for the era of post-personal computing— was also joined by UC Berkeley faculty members, Frederico Finan and assistant professor Yuriy Gorodnichenko from the Department of Economics, as well as Michael Lustig, also an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences. They are among 17 new Sloan fellows from the 10-campus University of California system, according to the UC Berkeley Newscenter.

“The Sloan Research Fellows are the best of the best among young scientists,” said Paul L. Joskow, president of the Sloan Foundation in a press release. “If you want to know where the next big scientific breakthrough will come from, look to these extraordinary men and women. The foundation is proud to support them during this pivotal stage of their careers."

Hartmann is currently also the co-director of two research units: the Berkeley Institute of Design and the Swarm Lab, as well as a member of the Visual Computing Lab and the Berkeley Center for New Media. He co-initiated the Course Thread in Human-Centered Design, an undergraduate certificate program; and the CITRIS Invention Lab, a new digital fabrication and rapid prototyping space. He likes to spend time with colleagues at the Berkeley Center for New Media, and the Cal Design Lab. Hartmann received his PhD from the Stanford Computer Science department in 2009. He received an MSE in Computer and Information Science as well as Undergraduate Degrees in Digital Media Design and Communication from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002.

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