Duke Professor Wins Navy Young Investigator Award

DURHAM, N.C. -– Silvia Ferrari, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering and material systems at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering, has been named an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator. She is one of 26 young faculty members across the nation to receive the award.

Ferrari, who directs the Laboratory for Intelligent Systems and Controls at Pratt, will receive $274,000 for three years to conduct research on sensor networks for surveillance systems tracking multiple targets.

Ferrari joined Pratt two years ago after receiving a Ph.D. from Princeton University. She received the Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship Award in 2000 and 2001, the American Astronautical Society Donald K. “Deke” Slayton Memorial Scholarship in 2001, the American Society of Mechanical Engineering Graduate Teaching Fellowship in 2001 and the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics Guidance, Navigation, and Control Graduate Award in 1999.