USCB prof earns third top honor


Yiming Ji, Ph.D. has been honored with the 2018 Breakthrough Leadership in Research award, which recognizes distinguished senior faculty in the University of South Carolina system.

Dr. Ji was the only faculty member to be selected from the senior campuses of USC Aiken, USC Upstate and USCB.

This is his third significant award in eight years. The first was presented by the University of South Carolina system in 2010. Breakthrough magazine, published by USC's Office of Research and Graduate Education, named him one of 17 rising stars selected from a field of 2,200 full-time faculty members at USC's main campus in Columbia and seven regional universities within the USC system.

In 2016, he was honored by the South Carolina Academy of Science with the Governor's Award for Excellence in Science Research at a Predominantly Undergraduate Institution.

Dr. Ji is an author of a statewide grant of nearly $900,000 from the National Science Foundation that is underwriting efforts by the University of South Carolina Beaufort to create a Master of Science Program in Computational Science.

The $900,000 grant to USCB was part of a $20 million, five-year research award by the NSF to a South Carolina consortium of 10 institutions of higher education. The 10 colleges and universities are collaborating on an initiative called Materials Assembly and Design Excellence in South Carolina or MADE in SC, which will boost research on and production of advanced materials, build capacity in existing industries and place more highly skilled workers in high-tech jobs.

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