Megan Matthews (L), Dr. Cranos Williams (R)
Megan Leigh Matthews, an ECE Master's student under Dr. Cranos Williams, has been awarded the Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity (IMSD) Doctoral Research Assistantship.
The IMSD program is an initiative at NC State whose focus is to increase in a meaningful way the number of students from underrepresented groups receiving doctoral degrees and entering into the professoriate in bio-related disciplines (e.g. Biochemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Genetics, and Plant Biology). This program is funded through the National Institute of Health.
The assistantship will be awarded starting August 2012 where Megan will continue into the Ph.D. program in Electrical Engineering under Dr. Williams. Megan will focus on applying mathematical modeling techniques and control systems theory to understanding how environmental stressors such as drought, elevated temperature, salinity, and elevated CO2 concentrations impact lignin, cellulose, and other useful compounds generated by plant systems. This multi-disciplinary research topic combines the fields of electrical engineering, systems theory, plant biology, and mathematics.