The PECASE is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government to outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers.
President Donald J. Trump has named Paul M Cook Career Development Associate Professor Yogesh Surendranath the recipient of a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the White House announced. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. Government to outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers. The awards are conferred annually at the White House following recommendations from participating agencies.
The PECASE embodies the high priority placed by the government on maintaining the leadership position of the United States in science by producing outstanding scientists and engineers and nurturing their continued development. The Awards identify a cadre of outstanding scientists and engineers who will broadly advance science and the missions important to the participating agencies.
The PECASE Awards are intended to recognize some of the finest scientists and engineers who, while early in their research careers, show exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of scientific knowledge during the twenty-first century. The Awards foster innovative and far-reaching developments in science and technology, increase awareness of careers in science and engineering, give recognition to the scientific missions of participating agencies, enhance connections between fundamental research and national goals, and highlight the importance of science and technology for the nation’s future.
Surendranath 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.