Jarillo-Herrero, four other MIT faculty among 96 winners
President Barack Obama today named Pablo Jarillo-Herrero, the Mitsui Career Development Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics, along with four other members of the MIT faculty as recipients of Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.
Among the 96 honored, the other winners from MIT are Timothy K. Lu '03, MEng '03, PhD '08, an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Parag A. Pathak, an associate professor in the Department of Economics; Pawan Sinha SM '92, PhD '95, a professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences; and Jesse Thaler, an assistant professor of physics.
The Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of the President coordinates the awards, which were established by President Bill Clinton in 1996. Eleven federal departments and agencies joined together to nominate the most meritorious scientists and engineers this year. Awardees are selected for their 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.
"Discoveries in science and technology not only strengthen our economy, they inspire us as a people," Obama said in a statement. "The impressive accomplishments of today's awardees so early in their careers promise even greater advances in the years ahead."
Jarillo-Herrero, who was nominated by the Department of Energy, was cited for his pioneering research on quantum transport phenomena in graphene and topological insulators, which has expanded understanding of the fundamental electronic structure and laid the foundation for future energy applications, and for his outreach to the public through the popular press.
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