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“Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)”

Friday, September 30, 2011

Photo with Dr. John P. Holdren (right), the President’s science and technology advisor and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Dr. Joan Ferrini-Mundy (left), assistant director for Education and Human Resources at the National Science Foundation. Photo Credit NASA/Paul E. Alers.

On September 26, 2011, President Obama named 94 researchers as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.  Professor A. Salman Avestimehr was one of the recepients for "pushing the frontiers of information theory through its extension to complex wirelss information networks".

The Presidential early career awards embody the high priority the Obama Administration places on producing outstanding scientists and engineers to advance the Nation’s goals, tackle grand challenges, and contribute to the American economy.  Sixteen Federal departments and agencies join together annually to nominate the most meritorious scientists and engineers whose early accomplishments show the greatest promise for assuring America’s preeminence in science and engineering and contributing to the awarding agencies' missions.

“It is inspiring to see the innovative work being done by these scientists and engineers as they ramp up their careers—careers that I know will be not only personally rewarding but also invaluable to the Nation,” President Obama said. “That so many of them are also devoting time to mentoring and other forms of community service speaks volumes about their potential for leadership, not only as scientists but as model citizens.”

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.

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