Two University of Colorado scientists and a third at National Institute of Standards and Technology are among 102 recipients of the highest United States government honor awarded to science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.
The two recipients at CU of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers are Anne Perring and Franck Vernerey.
The honored researcher at NIST is John Teufel, in the Physical Measurement Laboratory.
"I congratulate these outstanding scientists and engineers on their impactful work," President Barack Obama said in a prepared statement. "These innovators are working to help keep the United States on the cutting edge, showing that Federal investments in science lead to advancements that expand our knowledge of the world around us and contribute to our economy."
The Presidential Early Career Awards, established by President Bill Clinton in 1996, highlight the key role that the administration places in encouraging and accelerating American innovation to grow our economy and tackle our greatest challenges.
Perring is an atmospheric scientist in the Chemical Sciences Division of the Earth System Research Laboratory at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She works for the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, which is a partnership of NOAA and CU. Her research has focused on characterizing and understanding atmospheric particles.
"It's pretty exciting," Perring said in a news release. "I'm especially honored that my department, the Chemical Sciences Division at ESRL, was willing to put in the time to nominate me for this. That feels terrific."
Vernerey is an associate professor of mechanical engineering at CU, and is principal investigator of Vernerey's Research Group, which conducts research on the computational mechanics of soft matter.
The work of Vernerey and his associates is funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Health and the Herb Vogel faculty fellowship.
In an email, Vernerey said, "I am honored and thrilled to be recognized by this prestigious award, which will give me more freedom to pursue research on the mechanics of functional soft matter."
He expressed gratitude to his CU collaborators and colleagues, as well as his family.
And, Vernerey said, "There are indeed immense possibilities for these peculiar materials, especially in important applications such as tissue regeneration and drug delivery systems."