The White House has announced that two researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are among the 56 recipients of the 2005 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the nation's highest honor for professionals at the outset of their independent research careers. James Vincent Porto III of the Atomic Physics Division of the NIST Physics Laboratory was honored for his research on neutral-atom quantum computing and novel quantum properties of atoms in one-dimensional systems, as well as for serving as a mentor to students, postdoctoral fellows, and other researchers. Christopher Lloyd Soles of the Polymers Division of the NIST Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory was recognized for development of measurement methods that provide scientific insight into the properties of materials confined within thin films and nanoscale structures, and for leadership in forging collaborations between government, industry, and universities.
Participating agencies award recipients up to five years of funding to further their research in support of critical government missions. For more information, see http://www.ostp.gov/html/pr_2006_PECASE%20Release.pdf.