MELBOURNE, FLA. — Andrew Knight, Florida Institute of Technology chemistry professor, has been selected by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) as a Faculty
Fellow for the 2009 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Summer Faculty Research Program.
Knight, who joined Florida Tech in 2008, is currently researching the interface of inorganic chemistry and other scientific sub-disciplines including
organic synthesis, nanoscale and layered materials, medicinal chemistry, molecular biology, biodefense and green chemistry. In the area of biodefense,
Knight is exploring the use of metal-based coordination compounds as counter-measures for biological threats like Ebola and Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis.
The ONR coordinates, executes, and promotes the science and technology programs of the United States Navy and Marine Corps through schools, universities,
government laboratories, and nonprofit and for-profit organizations. It provides technical advice to the Chief of Naval Operations and the Secretary of the
Navy and works with the industry to improve technology manufacturing processes.
Sponsored by the ONR, the ASEE program provides funding for university and college faculty members to conduct meaningful research at United States Navy
Research and Development Centers during the summer. Knight will perform his research at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. for the 10-week
program, which will begin in May.