Three scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have won Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the nation's highest honor recognizing extraordinary achievements of young professionals at the outset of their independent research careers. The White House announced the 2008 awards on July 9, 2009.
The NIST winners are Craig Brown, a chemist who studies materials for energy applications at the NIST Center for Neutron Research; Dean DeLongchamp, a chemical engineer who works on organic (carbon-based) electronic devices for such applications as flexible displays and solar cells at the NIST Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory, and Till P. Rosenband, a scientist who is helping to develop future-generation quantum logic clocks in the NIST Physics Laboratory.
PECASE was established in 1996. NIST is among nine federal departments and agencies that annually nominate scientists and engineers whose work shows exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of scientific knowledge. Winners will receive five years of designated funding from their sponsoring agencies to further their research in support of critical government missions.
For further information, see the white House news release, "President Honors Outstanding Early-Career Scientists" at www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/PRESIDENT-HONORS-OUTSTANDING-EARLY-CAREER-SCIENTISTS/.