President Trump Announces Recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, Indian-Americans Dominate the List

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Yogesh Surendranath Photo: MIT)

WASHINGTON, DC–President Trump announced the recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) earlier this month. Indian-Americans dominated the list from all across the country.

One of the recipients is Yogesh Surendranath, Paul M Cook Career Development Assistant Professor at MIT. He was nominated for the award by the Department of Defense. The Surendranath Lab is focused on addressing global challenges in the areas of chemical catalysis, energy storage and utilization, and environmental stewardship.

PECASE is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers and who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology.

Established in 1996, the PECASE acknowledges the contributions scientists and engineers have made to the advancement of science, technology, education, and mathematics (STEM) education and to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, and community outreach. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy coordinates the PECASE with participating departments and agencies.

Recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers listed by State, Research Institution, and Nominating Federal Agency:

Alabama

Martin Heimbeck, Army Materiel Command, Research Development and Engineering Command, Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Command, Department of Defense

Karolina Mukhtar, University of Alabama – Birmingham, National Science Foundation

Alaska

Elizabeth Siddon, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, Department of Commerce

Arizona

Jennifer Barilla, Arizona State University, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Lynn Carter, University of Arizona, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Sefaattin Tongay, Arizona State University, National Science Foundation

Yuji Zhao, Arizona State University, Department of Defense

Arkansas

Hugh Churchill, University of Arkansas, Department of Defense

California

Félicie Albert, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Department of Energy

Eiman Azim, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, Department of Health and Human Services

Annemarie Baltay, Earthquake Science Center, Department of the Interior

Laura Barge, National Aeronautics and Space Administration Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Sanjay Basu, Stanford University, Department of Health and Human Services

Scott Boyd, Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Health and Human Services

Daniel Casey, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Department of Energy

Lynette Cegelski, Stanford University, National Science Foundation

Eric Chang, San Diego VA Healthcare System, Department of Veterans Affairs

Phillip Christopher, University of California – Riverside, Department of Defense

Jim Ciston, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Department of Energy

Anca Dragan, University of California – Berkeley, National Science Foundation

Nathaniel Gabor, University of California – Riverside, Department of Defense

Adriana Galván, University of California – Los Angeles, Department of Health and Human Services

Jacklyn Gates, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Department of Energy

Erika Hamden, California Institute of Technology, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Shafali Jeste, University of California – Los Angeles, Department of Health and Human Services

Zachary Knight, University of California – San Francisco School of Medicine, Department of Health and Human Services

Heather Knutson, California Institute of Technology, National Science Foundation

Richard Kraus, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Department of Energy

Javad Lavaei, University of California – Berkeley, Department of Defense

Shiwoo Lee, National Energy Technology Laboratory, Department of Energy

Percy Liang, Stanford University, Department of Defense

Percy Liang, Stanford University, National Science Foundation

Lin Lin, University of California – Berkeley, Department of Energy

Christian Linder, Stanford University, National Science Foundation

Darren Lipomi, University of California – San Diego, Department of Health and Human Services

Thomas Maimone, University of California – Berkeley, National Science Foundation

Suveen Mathaudhu, University of California – Riverside, National Science Foundation

Austin Minnich, California Institute of Technology, Department of Defense

Michelle Monje, Stanford University, Department of Health and Human Services

James Olzmann, University of California – Berkeley, Department of Health and Human Services

Arthur Pak, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Department of Energy

Piya Pal, University of California – San Diego, Department of Defense

Aaron Parsons, University of California – Berkeley, National Science Foundation

Padmini Rangamani, University of California – San Diego, Department of Defense

John Reager, National Aeronautics and Space Administration Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Carolyn Rodriguez, Stanford University, Department of Health and Human Services

Jonathan Sauder, National Aeronautics and Space Administration Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Monika Schleier-Smith, Stanford University, Department of Defense

David Smith, National Aeronautics and Space Administration Ames Research Center, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Jenny Suckale, Stanford University, Department of Defense

Thomas Vidick, California Institute of Technology, National Science Foundation

Aaron Wech, Volcano Science Center, Department of the Interior

Gordon Wetzstein, Stanford University, Department of Defense

Heather Wright, Volcano Science Center, Department of the Interior

Andrea Young, University of California – Santa Barbara, Department of Defense

Matei Zaharia, Stanford University, National Science Foundation

Jamil Zaki, Stanford University, National Science Foundation

Wenjun Zhang, University of California – Berkeley, Department of Health and Human Services

Colorado

Brian Ebel, National Research Program, Department of the Interior

Andrew Hoell, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research Earth System Research Laboratory, Department of Commerce

Brian McDonald, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, Department of Commerce

Celestine Mercer, Central Mineral and Environmental Resources Science Center, Department of the Interior

Sean Parks, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Department of Agriculture

Andrew Rollins, University of Colorado – Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science, Department of Commerce

Timothy Silverman, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Department of Energy

Eric Toberer, Colorado School of Mines, National Science Foundation

Michael Wagner, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Department of Energy

Connecticut

Marie Coppola, University of Connecticut, National Science Foundation

Elena Gracheva, Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Health and Human Services

Mary-Louise Timmermans, Yale University, National Science Foundation

Fengnian Xia, Yale University, National Science Foundation

Delaware

Stephanie Law, University of Delaware – Newark, Department of Energy

Florida

David Clark, Malcom Randall VA Medical Center, Department of Veterans Affairs

Patricia Dalyander, St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center, Department of the Interior

Domenic Forte, University of Florida, Department of Defense

Aysegul Gunduz, University of Florida, National Science Foundation

Gioia Massa, Kennedy Space Center, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Erinn Muller, Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, National Science Foundation

Maitane Olabarrieta, University of Florida, National Science Foundation

Melissa Soldevilla, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Southeast Fisheries Science Center, Department of Commerce

Georgia

Dhruv Batra, Georgia Institute of Technology, Department of Defense

Mark Davenport, Georgia Institute of Technology, National Science Foundation

Anne Marie France, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services

Emily Haas, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services

Christopher Jett, University of West Georgia, National Science Foundation

Paula Lemons, University of Georgia, National Science Foundation

Matthew Maenner, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services

Matthew McDowell, Georgia Institute of Technology, Department of Defense

Lucy McNamara, National Center for Infectious Diseases, Department of Health and Human Services

Subbian Panayampalli, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Department of Health and Human Services

Oduyebo Titilope, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Department of Health and Human Services

Binnian Wei, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services

Hawaii

Michelle Barbieri, Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, Department of Commerce

Lana Garmire, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Health and Human Services

Idaho

Vivek Agarwal, Idaho National Laboratory, Department of Energy

Krzysztof Gofryk, Idaho National Laboratory, Department of Energy

Tara Hudiburg, University of Idaho, National Science Foundation

Christopher Zarzana, Idaho National Laboratory, Department of Energy

Illinois

Gaurav Bahl, University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign, Department of Defense

Timothy Berkelbach, University of Chicago, Department of Defense

Matthew Dietrich, Argonne National Laboratory, Department of Energy

Danna Freedman, Northwestern University, National Science Foundation

Henry Hoffmann, University of Chicago, Department of Energy

Pinshane Huang, University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign, Department of Defense

Prashant Jain, University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign, National Science Foundation

Daniel Llano, University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign, Department of Health and Human Services

Mar Reguant, Northwestern University, National Science Foundation

Julia Shelton, University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign, Department of Energy

Kelly Stephani, University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Abigail Vieregg, University of Chicago, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Joel Voss, Northwestern University, Department of Health and Human Services

Jason Wertheim, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Department of Veterans Affairs

Indiana

Amanda Hummon, University of Notre Dame, National Science Foundation

Rebecca Kramer, Purdue University, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Mary Murphy, Indiana University, National Science Foundation

Megan Thielges, Indiana University – Bloomington, National Science Foundation

Pinar Zorlutuna, University of Notre Dame, National Science Foundation

Iowa

Heather Allen, National Animal Disease Center, Department of Agriculture

Jeremy Greenlee, University of Iowa, Department of Health and Human Services

Kansas

Alexandre Shvartsburg, Wichita State University, National Science Foundation

Kentucky

Christina Payne, University of Kentucky Research Foundation, National Science Foundation

Maryland

Giada Arney, Goddard Space Flight Center, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Rodney Blakestad, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, Intelligence Community

Christopher Boehnen, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, Intelligence Community

John Brognard, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services

Sean Carrick, National Security Agency, Intelligence Community

Edwin Chan, National Institute of Standards and Technology Material Measurement Laboratory, Department of Commerce

Jo Anne Crouch, Systematic Mycology and Microbiology Laboratory, Department of Agriculture

Kristin DeWitt, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, Intelligence Community

Shawn Domagal-Goldman, Goddard Space Flight Center, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Darrell Gaskin, Johns Hopkins University, Department of Health and Human Services

Candice Gerstner, National Security Agency, Intelligence Community

Donna Gogerdchi, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Health and Human Services

Seth Goldstein, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, Intelligence Community

Silvana Goldszmid, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services

Alexey Gorshkov, National Institute of Standards and Technology Physical Measurement Laboratory, Department of Commerce

Behrang Hamadani, National Institute of Standards and Technology Engineering Laboratory, Department of Commerce

Christopher Hourigan, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services

Alexis Jeannotte, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, Intelligence Community

Christopher Jewell, University of Maryland – College Park, National Science Foundation

Stephen Jordan, National Institute of Standards and Technology Information Technology Laboratory, Department of Commerce

Kathryn Keenan, National Institute of Standards and Technology Physical Measurement Laboratory, Department of Commerce

Jonas Kibelbek, National Security Agency, Intelligence Community

Nathan Lazarus, U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Department of Defense

David Long, National Institute of Standards and Technology Material Measurement Laboratory, Department of Commerce

David Markowitz, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, Intelligence Community

Katherine McJunkin, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services

Katelyn Meixner, National Security Agency, Intelligence Community

Elijah Petersen, National Institute of Standards and Technology Material Measurement Laboratory, Department of Commerce

Adam Phillippy, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services

Franklyn Quinlan, National Institute of Standards and Technology Physical Measurement Laboratory, Department of Commerce

Ashley Ruth, U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, Department of Defense

Rebecca Schulman, Johns Hopkins University, Department of Energy

Laura Sinclair, National Institute of Standards and Technology Physical Measurement Laboratory, Department of Commerce

Jennifer Stern, Goddard Space Flight Center, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Anish Thomas, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services

Varun Verma, National Institute of Standards and Technology Physical Measurement Laboratory, Department of Commerce

Sean Weaver, National Security Agency, Intelligence Community

Catherine Weisz, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services

Massachusetts

Joseph Checkelsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Defense

Kwanghun Chung, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Health and Human Services

Sarah Collins, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Department of Health and Human Services

Felipe Fregni, Harvard Medical School, Department of Health and Human Services

Eric Greer, Harvard Medical School, Department of Health and Human Services

John Harris, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Department of Health and Human Services

Nathaniel Hendren, Harvard University, National Science Foundation

Amy Janes, Harvard Medical School, Department of Health and Human Services

Yen-Jie Lee, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Energy

Benedetto Marelli, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Defense

Steve Ramirez, Harvard University, Department of Health and Human Services

Barna Saha, University of Massachusetts – Amherst, National Science Foundation

Tracy Slatyer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Energy

Cara Stepp, Boston University, National Science Foundation

Yogesh Surendranath, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Defense

Conor Walsh, Harvard University, Department of Defense

Conor Walsh, Harvard Medical School, Department of Health and Human Services

Jessica Whited, Harvard Medical School, Department of Health and Human Services

Michigan

Christine Aidala, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, National Science Foundation

Eric Anderson, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, Department of Commerce

Joanne Kahlenberg, University of Michigan Medical School, Department of Health and Human Services

Colter Mitchell, University of Michigan, Department of Health and Human Services

Corinna Schindler, University of Michigan, National Science Foundation

Moriah Thomason, Wayne State University, Department of Health and Human Services

Minnesota

Melena Bellin, University of Minnesota, Department of Health and Human Services

Bharat Jalan, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, Department of Defense

Dominik Schillinger, University of Minnesota, National Science Foundation

Mississippi

William Heard, United States Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center, Department of Defense

Montana

Erik Grumstrup, Montana State University, Department of Energy

John McCutcheon, University of Montana, National Science Foundation

Nebraska

Angela Pannier, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Department of Health and Human Services

Marilyne Stains, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, National Science Foundation

Nevada

Marylesa Howard, Nevada National Security Site, Department of Energy

New Hampshire

Xia Zhou, Dartmouth College, National Science Foundation

New Jersey

Amir Ali Ahmadi, Princeton University, National Science Foundation

Jinglin Fu, Rutgers University – Camden, Department of Defense

James Hing, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Department of Defense

Han Liu, Princeton University, National Science Foundation

Arvind Narayanan, Princeton University, National Science Foundation

Alejandro Rodriguez, Princeton University, National Science Foundation

Jeff Thompson, Princeton University, Department of Defense

Jessica Ware, Rutgers University – Newark, National Science Foundation

Saman Zonouz, Rutgers University, National Science Foundation

New Mexico

Salvatore Campione, Sandia National Laboratories, Department of Energy

Jennifer Gillette, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Department of Health and Human Services

Matthew Gomez, Sandia National Laboratories, Department of Energy

Abigail Hunter, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Department of Energy

Shea Mosby, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Department of Energy

Paul Schmit, Sandia National Laboratories, Department of Energy

Irina Tezaur, Sandia National Laboratories, Department of Energy

New York

Luis Campos, Columbia University, National Science Foundation

Cory Dean, Columbia University, National Science Foundation

Thomas Hartman, Cornell University, Department of Energy

Blair Johnson, University at Buffalo, Department of Defense

Jennifer Kao-Kniffin, Cornell University, Department of Agriculture

Joanna Kiryluk, Stony Brook University, National Science Foundation

Qiang Lin, University of Rochester, National Science Foundation

Sandeep Mallipattu, Stony Brook School of Medicine, Department of Health and Human Services

Ian Maze, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Department of Health and Human Services

Kristin Myers, Columbia University, National Science Foundation

Priya Rajasethupathy, Rockefeller University, Department of Health and Human Services

Neville Sanjana, New York Genome Center, Department of Health and Human Services

Jason Sheltzer, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Department of Health and Human Services

Rebecca Slayton, Cornell University, National Science Foundation

Linwei Wang, Rochester Institute of Technology, National Science Foundation

Roseanna Zia, Cornell University, Department of Defense

Roseanna Zia, Cornell University, National Science Foundation

North Carolina

Ron Alterovitz, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, Department of Health and Human Services

Lorena Bociu, North Carolina State University, National Science Foundation

Michael Boyce, Duke University School of Medicine, Department of Health and Human Services

Nicolas Cassar, Duke University, National Science Foundation

Hsiao-Ying Shadow Huang, North Carolina State University, National Science Foundation

Chandra Jackson, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services

James LeBeau, North Carolina State University, Department of Defense

Jennifer Martinez, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services

Lillian Pierce, Duke University, National Science Foundation

Spencer Smith, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, Department of Health and Human Services

Tracey Yap, Duke University, Department of Health and Human Services

North Dakota

Sara Lupton, Red River Valley Agricultural Research Center, Department of Agriculture

Ohio

Jennifer Carter, Case Western Reserve University, National Science Foundation

Reginald Cooper, Air Force Research Laboratory Sensors Directorate, Department of Defense

Philip Feng, Case Western Reserve University, National Science Foundation

Daniel Garmann, Air Force Research Laboratory, Department of Defense

Evan Pineda, National Aeronautics and Space Administration Glenn Research Center, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Griffin Romigh, Air Force Research Lab 711th HPW/RHCB, Department of Defense

Kelly Wrighton, Ohio State University – Columbus, Department of Energy

Chuan Xue, Ohio State University, National Science Foundation

Oklahoma

Jeffrey Snyder, Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorology, Department of Commerce

Oregon

David Bell, Pacific Northwest Research Station, Department of Agriculture

Karen Thompson, Oregon State University, Department of Education

Pennsylvania

Yuejie Chi, Carnegie-Mellon University, Department of Defense

Walid Gellad, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Department of Veterans Affairs

Douglas Kauffman, National Energy Technology Laboratory, Department of Energy

Po-Shen Loh, Carnegie-Mellon University, National Science Foundation

Kin Fai Mak, Pennsylvania State University, Department of Defense

Jordan Musser, National Energy Technology Laboratory, Department of Energy

Edward O’Brien, Pennsylvania State University, National Science Foundation

Tak-Sing Wong, Pennsylvania State University, National Science Foundation

Christopher Wright, Drexel University, National Science Foundation

Rhode Island

Robert Hernandez, Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division – Newport, Department of Defense

Sohini Ramachandran, Brown University, Department of Health and Human Services

Anita Shukla, Brown University, Department of Defense

South Carolina

Suzanne Adlof, University of South Carolina, Department of Education

Mark Blenner, Clemson University, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Tennessee

David Cullen, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Department of Energy

Meenakshi Madhur, Vanderbilt University, Department of Health and Human Services

Katharine Page, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Department of Energy

Texas

Whitney Behr, University of Texas – Austin, National Science Foundation

Timothy Burchfield, University of Texas – Dallas, Intelligence Community

Namkee Choi, University of Texas – Austin, Department of Health and Human Services

James Howison, University of Texas – Austin, National Science Foundation

Todd Humphreys, University of Texas – Austin, National Science Foundation

Katherine King, Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Health and Human Services

Sarah Powell, University of Texas – Austin, Department of Education

Candace Walkington, Southern Methodist University, Department of Education

Matthew Walsh, University of Texas – Arlington, National Science Foundation

David Zhang, Rice University, Department of Health and Human Services

Tricia Zucker, University of Texas Medical School – Houston, Department of Education

Utah

Idalis Villanueva, Utah State University, National Science Foundation

Virginia

Elizabeth Bernstein, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Intelligence Community

Benjamin Castleman, University of Virginia, Department of Education

Nitya Kallivayalil, University of Virginia, National Science Foundation

Hak Jae Kim, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Intelligence Community

Matthew Kirwan, College of William and Mary Virginia Institute of Marine Science, National Science Foundation

Matthew Klaric, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Intelligence Community

Frances Lacagnina, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Intelligence Community

Richard Moore, Langley Research Center, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Nedal Nassar, National Minerals Information Center, Department of the Interior

Megan O’Rourke, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Department of Agriculture

Yolanda Shea, Langley Research Center, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Justin Stevens, College of William and Mary, Department of Energy

Katharine Tibbetts, Virginia Commonwealth University, Department of Defense

Alexis Truitt, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Intelligence Community

Megan Wawro, Virginia Polytechnic & State University, National Science Foundation

Washington

Steven Brunton, University of Washington, Department of Defense

Alvin Cheung, University of Washington, Department of Energy

Jiun-Haw Chu, University of Washington, Department of Defense

Kory Lavine, Washington University School of Medicine, Department of Health and Human Services

Sara Lindstroem, University of Washington, Department of Health and Human Services

Elizabeth Nance, University of Washington, Department of Health and Human Services

Laura Prugh, University of Washington, National Science Foundation

Kevin Schneider, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Department of Energy

Washington, D.C.

Brandon Cochenour, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Department of Defense

Adam Dunkelberger, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Department of Defense

Carlie LaLone, Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Protection Agency

Chunlei Liang, George Washington University, National Science Foundation

Jon Sobus, Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Protection Agency

Volker Sorger, George Washington University, Department of Defense

Kristina Teixeira, Smithsonian Institution, Smithsonian Institution

Wisconsin

Jonathan Engle, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Department of Energy

Jeffrey Lorch, National Wildlife Health Center, Department of the Interior

Erika Marin-Spiotta, University of Wisconsin, National Science Foundation

Xudong Wang, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Department of Health and Human Services

Victor Zavala, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Department of Energy

Wyoming

Jeff Clune, University of Wyoming, National Science Foundation

 

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