Posted at 12:59 PM
Earlier this week, President Obama named 102 scientists and researchers as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.
“I congratulate these outstanding scientists and engineers on their impactful work,” President Obama said. “These innovators are working to help keep the United States on the cutting edge, showing that Federal investments in science lead to advancements that expand our knowledge of the world around us and contribute to our economy.”
The Presidential Early Career Awards highlight the key role that the Administration places in encouraging and accelerating American innovation to grow our economy and tackle our greatest challenges.
This year’s recipients include six Department of Commerce scientists or researchers. They include:
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
- Nicholas Butch, NIST Center for Neutron Research
- John Teufel, NIST Physical Measurement Laboratory
- Justin Zook, NIST Material Measurement Laboratory
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
- Mandy Karnauskas, NOAA Fisheries
- Anne Perring, University of Colorado, Boulder
- Corey Potvin, University of Oklahoma
The awards, established by President Clinton in 1996, are coordinated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of the President. 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.