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WUSTL scientist wins prestigious Presidential Early Career Award
Date:10/3/2011

The White House announced Sept. 27 that Lan Yang, PhD, assistant professor of electrical and systems engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science of Washington University in St. Louis has been named a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

The early career award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. This year there are 94 recipients.

"It is inspiring to see the innovative work being done by these scientists and engineers as they ramp up their careers careers that I know will not only be personally rewarding but also invaluable to the nation," President Barack Obama said in the award announcement. "That so many of them are also devoting time to mentoring and other forms of community service speaks volumes about their potential for leadership, not only as scientists but as model citizens."

"I am pleased that the President has honored Lan with this special award for her world-class record of achievement," says Ralph S. Quatrano, PhD, dean of the School of Engineering & Applied Science. " She is a model for other assistant professors, and I have great confidence in her potential for continued future success. As only the third assistant professor at Washington University to receive this prestigious recognition since its inception 15 years ago, this award brings great visibility to Lan and her innovative work and to our school and university.," Quatrano says.

The other two WUSTL recipients were Shirley J. Dyke, PhD, then assistant professor of civil engineering, who received the award in 1999, and Michael L. Dusting, PhD, then associate professor of pathology and assistant professor of biomedical engineering at the School
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Contact: Diana Lutz
dlutz@wustl.edu
314-935-5272
Washington University in St. Louis
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