PECASE recipient Sharon Weiss attends White House ceremony Jan. 13

Sharon Weiss, assistant professor of electrical engineering and a recipient of a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), will attend the awards ceremony and reception Jan. 13 in Washington, D.C.


Weiss attended a reception today for Department of Defense PECASE recipients hosted by Zachary Lemnios, Director of Defense Research and Engineering in Rosslyn, Va.  Weiss was nominated for the PECASE by the Army Research Office, Department of Defense. Of the 100 PECASE recipients, 41 are from the DoD.

Activities arranged by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy for awardees and their guests Wednesday include a ceremony and reception held at the Department of Commerce building and a tour of the East Wing of the White House. PECASE awardees are scheduled to meet President Obama during their visit to the White House.

The PECASE award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on young professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. “These extraordinarily gifted young scientists and engineers represent the best in our country,” President Obama said.  “With their talent, creativity, and dedication, I am confident that they will lead their fields in new breakthroughs and discoveries and help us use science and technology to lift up our nation and our world.”

Winning scientists and engineers receive up to a $1 million five-year research grant to further their study in support of critical government missions.

“I am honored that my nanoscale biosensing research will be recognized on the national stage,” said Weiss. “I hope it helps emphasize the importance of accurate and reliable detection of biological and chemical materials that is essential for improved medical diagnostics, environmental monitoring, and homeland security.”

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