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Masahiro Ishigami has been selected as a UCF Reach for the Stars Award recipient for 2015 and will be honored at the upcoming Founder’s Day celebration on Wednesday, April 1 at 12:00 p.m.

This is the second year the Reach for the Stars Awards have been presented. As one of eight recipients, Ishigami will receive a research grant. Last year the award totaled $10,000 each, renewable for three years. The awards provide recognition for UCF assistant and associate professors who have achieved noteworthy research or creative activities of national impact.

Dr. Masahiro Ishigami is an associate professor in the NanoScience Technology Center and Department of Physics with research interests in electronic transport measurements on novel nanoscale materials, scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy of nanoscale thermal/mechanical/electronic devices, and nanomaterials synthesis. He holds a Ph.D. in Physics from UCBerkeley and has been a faculty member at UCF since 2008. Ishigami has earned a total of $1.6 million in research grants and also serves as a member of the Molecular Foundry proposal review board for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.