The White House has released the list awardees of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).
The PECASE awards were established by President Clinton in 1996 and are coordinated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Featuring 102 scientists and researchers, the list of recipients spans across government agencies, from the Department of Commerce to the National Science Foundation (NSF), and celebrate their pursuit of innovative research in science and technology and commitment to community service.
Of the accomplished awardees there a number applying their computing backgrounds to related research in government agencies. Some highlights are:
- Emily Fox, University of Washington, “for her groundbreaking work in large-scale Bayesian modeling and computational approaches to time series and longitudinal data analysis. And for outstanding outreach and mentoring of women in computer science and statistics;”
- Bérénice Mettler, University of Minnesota and iCueMotion, LLC, for “For outstanding research pioneering new methods for capturing the interaction between human operators and guided vehicles. And for STEM educational activities focused on female students;”
- Oleg Komogortsev, Texas State University, San Marcos, “for his groundbreaking research on the muscle structure of the eye as a basis for identification, which is transforming approaches to security and medicine. And for his unparalleled outreach on STEM research and education to large populations of underrepresented minorities;”
- and Jelani Nelson, Harvard University, “for pioneering research in techniques that extract meaningful insights from massive datasets, with significant impacts on industry. And for his unparalleled dedication to education and broadening participation of future scientists.”
Other computing-related researchers honored by the President include:
- Christopher Dyer, Carnegie Mellon University for work in the Department of Defense
- Kaushik Chowdhury, Northeastern University for work in the Department of Defense
- Osama Nayfeh, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center-Pacific in the Department of Defense
- Christine Hendon, Columbia University for work in the Department of Health and Human Services
- Cui Tao, University of Texas for work in the Department of Health and Human Services
- Josiah Dykstra, National Security Agency
- David Moehring, IonQ, Inc. working for the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA)
- Marco Pavone, Stanford University for work with NASA
- Jacob Fox, Stanford University for work with NSF
- Michael Rotkowitz, University of Maryland, College Park for work with NSF
- Juan Pablo Vielma Centeno, Massachusetts Institute of Technology for work with NSF
To learn more about the awards and the read the full list visit the PECASE webpage.