Four professors received the 2013 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research careers.
Associate Professor of Chemistry Abigail Doyle, Assistant Professor of Psychology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute Yael Niv, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering Rodney Priestley, and Assistant Professor of Operations Research and Financial Engineering Ramon van Handel were among the 102 researchers at American institutions selected by the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of the President. The winners received their awards at a White House ceremony on April 14, 2014.
“The impressive achievements of these early-stage scientists and engineers are promising indicators of even greater successes ahead,” President Barack Obama said in a release announcing the award. “We are grateful for their commitment to generating the scientific and technical advancements that will ensure America’s global leadership for many years to come.”
The annual award, established in 1996, recognizes researchers’ “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.”
–By Emily Aronson