Tao made fellow in National Academies’ Offshore Energy Safety unit

Chengcheng Tao, an assistant professor in Purdue Polytechnic’s School of Construction Management Technology, was recently selected as one of five fellows in a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine research track.

The track, focused on offshore energy safety, is composed of the following fellows:

  1. Chengcheng Tao | Purdue University
  2. Chungkuk Jin | Florida Institute of Technology
  3. Smith Leggett| Texas Tech University
  4. Xingpeng Li | University of Houston
  5. Maryam Tabibzadeh | California State University, Northridge

Tao’s fellowship will continue into 2025, and is designed to support early-career researchers. The mission statement of the National Academies’ fellowship in this field is, in their own words:

[To support] emerging scientific leaders as they take risks on research ideas not yet tested, pursue unique collaborations, and build a network of colleagues who share their interest in improving offshore energy system safety and the well-being of coastal communities and ecosystems.

Because the early years of a researcher’s career are a critical time, the relatively unrestricted funds and mentoring this fellowship provides help recipients navigate this period with independence, flexibility and a built-in support network.


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