Johan Foster, associate professor of materials science and engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been named the Thomas G. Digges and Thomas G. Digges, Jr. Faculty Fellow by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The Thomas G. Digges and Thomas G. Digges, Jr. Faculty Fellowship in Materials Science and Engineering was established through a gift from the estate of alumnus Robert H. Digges. The fellowship recognizes teaching and research excellence and recipients hold fellowship for a period of two years.

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 2014, Foster has conducted research on advanced functional and supramolecular bio(nano) materials. He has secured more than $2.5 million in research funding in his career.

In addition, Foster is a member of Virginia Tech’s Macromolecules and Interfaces Institute and The Virginia Tech Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology.

Foster has published more than 54 papers (20 at Virginia Tech) in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings and has given more than 40 invited talks.

In the classroom, Foster teaches both undergraduate and graduate level courses, including large introductory classes, independent studies, capstone senior design projects, and specialized graduate courses. In 2016, Foster's capstone senior design team’s project was ranked best of 15 by a group of independent judges.

Foster received his bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. from Simon Fraser University (Canada).

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