The Commerce Department is home to some of the world’s leading scientists and engineers that are tackling some of the biggest challenges facing our planet and doing great work to ensure our nation remains the global epicenter of innovation. Earlier today, President Obama honored six NIST and NOAA engineers and scientists with the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) at a ceremony at the White House. The award is the highest honor given by the federal government to outstanding scientists and engineers in the early stages of their careers. The Commerce scientists are part of a group of 102 scientists from across federal agencies that received the prestigious award.
PECASE awardees are selected for their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, or community outreach. The winners represent outstanding examples of American creativity across a diverse span of issues—from adding to our understanding of the most potent contributors to climate change to unlocking secrets to some of the most pressing medical challenges of our time to mentoring students and conducting academic outreach to increase minority representation in science fields.
NOAA young scientists are turning science into environmental intelligence that is used to make decisions through their research on improving sustainable fisheries management, predicting future changes to our planet’s climate, and improving severe weather forecasts. Dr. Alan Haynie of NOAA’s Fisheries Service, Alaska Fisheries Science Center; Dr. Scott Weaver with NOAA’s National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center; and Dr. Adam Clark, Ph.D., of the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies, who works at NOAA Research’s National Severe Storms Laboratory were among the awardees.
NIST young researchers are pushing the boundaries of innovations through their pioneering research. Receiving recognition were Gretchen Campbell, a Fellow of the NIST/University of Maryland Joint Quantum Institute, Joseph Kline, a materials scientist in NIST Material Measurement Laboratory and Ana Maria Rey, a physicist and associate researcher in the NIST Physical Measurement Laboratory and Fellow at JILA, a joint research institute of NIST and Colorado University-Boulder.