Sunday, November 21, 2010

Research Award Given At Tennessee Tech

Excellence and longevity on an international stage earned Tennessee Tech University physics professor Sakir Ayik the university's 2010 Caplenor Faculty Research Award. The award, first presented in 1984, is the university's premier research award and is named in honor of Donald Caplenor, former associate vice president for research and dean of instructional development who died in 1979. Since joining Tennessee Tech's physics department 25 years ago, Ayik's research program in theoretical nuclear physics has contributed greatly to the understanding of the processes that occur when atomic nuclei collide with each other in particle accelerators. He has focused on developing models that help in understanding how the small fluctuations inherent in such a situation can lead to a broader distribution of outcomes.