The Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) is the highest honor given by the government of the United States to early-career scientists & engineers who exhibit outstanding potential for leadership in the advancement of science & technology.
Created by the National Science & Tech Council in 1996, the awards take place every year to acknowledge the contributions by the engineers & scientists who made advancements of the STEM education, as well as, to the community service.
The White House Office of Science & Technology Policy coordinates the participating departments and agencies with PECASE.
Four Columbia recipients got nominated by the National Science Foundation:
Campos is an organic chemist whose research interests revolve around understanding the ways by which chemical structure impacts the properties of and macromolecules small molecules. Campos gave joining at Columbia as an assistant professor and has co-authored over 100 articles and 13 patents.
Dean, a pioneer in the field of quantum physics, studies the electronic properties of quantum materials, with a focus on 2-D materials. By layering different types of 2-D crystals, his laboratory has been dedicated to making of entirely new materials with unique & often exotic quantum properties.
Myers’ research focus is understanding the mechanical environment of pregnancy & learning the structural mechanisms of preterm birth. Her research group is one of only a few engineering teams in the world who create biomechanical models of pregnancy to demonstrate how the female body responds, grows, and protects the fetus during gestation.
Breaking records in quantum science, Berkelbach is a theoretical chemist whose focus is at the interface of physical chemistry, and materials science condensed-matter physics. The Berkelbach Group works on a diverse range of quantum-mechanical problems motivated by excited-state phenomena, with a focus on the phenomenology of emerging materials, quantum dynamics, and first-principles condensed-phase quantum chemistry.