Navigation Links
White House announces that 2 UCSB faculty members will receive US presidential science awards
Date:9/26/2011

(Santa Barbara, Calif.) President Obama today named two UC Santa Barbara faculty members as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The award is the highest honor the nation can bestow on a scientist or engineer at the beginning of his or her career.

Benjamin Mazin, assistant professor in the Department of Physics, and Sumita Pennathur, assistant professor in the department of mechanical engineering, are among 94 individuals across the country to receive the early career awards, which recognize recipients' exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of scientific knowledge, and their commitment to community service, as demonstrated through scientific leadership, education, or community outreach.

The awards will be presented at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on October 14.

"Our campus shares great pride in this prestigious recognition and in the innovative research of Assistant Professors Mazin and Pennathur," said UCSB Chancellor Henry T. Yang. "We look forward with anticipation to the exciting developments in their respective research programs in microwave kinetic inductance detectors and in nanofluidic transport and devices, and we wish them a joyous celebration at the White House."

Mazin was cited for outstanding contributions to the development of ultra-sensitive low-temperature detector arrays that provide energy resolution and arrival timing for photons from X-rays to the near-infrared.

Pennathur was recognized for outstanding research achievements in the fields of nanotechnology and mechanical engineering, which have provided new insights in the areas of nanofluidics and interfacial science, and have resulted in the development of novel theoretical and experimental platforms that enable breakthrough discoveries relating to protein transport, adsorption, and kinetics.

"With the PECASE awards the federal government recognizes the most outstanding scientists and engineers in the nation early in their careers," said Mike Witherell, vice chancellor for research at UCSB. "We are very pleased to have two of these national leaders here on our campus. We look forward to more breakthrough instruments developed by both Sumita and Ben."

Mazin said: "I am honored to receive the PECASE award. The breakthroughs in superconducting detectors my team is making have the potential to transform astronomy across the electromagnetic spectrum. I would like to thank NASA for the funding that has enabled this work, and look forward to continuing to develop innovative instrumentation for astrophysics."

In his research, Mazin uses a unique detector technology called microwave kinetic inductance detectors (MKIDs) for astronomy in the near infrared, optical, ultraviolet, and X-ray wavelengths. These detectors allow his research team to determine the energy and arrival time of individual photons. Mazin hopes to use this technology to detect Earth-like planets around nearby stars, as well as many general applications in astrophysics, such as untangling the emission mechanisms of pulsars. He received his B.S. in astronomy and physics, and mechanical engineering at Yale University in 1997. He completed his Ph.D. in astrophysics at the California Institute of Technology in 2004.

Pennathur said: "I am honored to be awarded a PECASE award to further my research in the development of a nanofluidic tool for protein transport and kinetic measurements. I would like to sincerely thank the combined support of the U.S. Army Research Office, and UCSB's Institute of Collaborative Biotechnologies, Department of Mechanical Engineering, and California NanoSystems Institute to make this dream possible."

Pennathur's research is focused on using fundamental fluidics knowledge at both microscale and nanoscale to create novel devices for practical applications. Major efforts include creating and developing enabling tools to identify and characterize biological substances, improving current bioanalytical devices, and designing entire systems for point-of-care usage. Pennathur received both her B.S. and M.S. in aerospace and aeronautical engineering from M.I.T., where she studied microscale cavitation in microelectromechanical systems. She received her Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at Stanford University in 2006, where she investigated electrokinetic transport of fluids at the nanoscale.

The PECASE awards were created to foster innovative 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 many of the grand challenges facing the nation, and highlight the importance of science and technology for America's future. Fourteen federal departments and agencies nominated scientists and engineers for the 2010 PECASE awards.


'/>"/>

Contact: Gail Gallessich
gail.g@ia.ucsb.edu
805-893-7220
University of California - Santa Barbara
Source:Eurekalert  

Related biology news :

1. Zebras vs. cattle: Not so black-and-white
2. Dangers of exposure to white light
3. ATS statement regarding White House decision to delay new ozone standard
4. UGA researchers study threats to white sturgeon
5. Instant evolution in whiteflies: Just add bacteria
6. Whitehead scientist helps revisit Hallmarks of Cancer
7. First census finds surprisingly few white sharks off California
8. Conservation of whitebark pine may hinge on preservation of ponderosa
9. Whitehead member Rudolf Jaenisch honored for groundbreaking stem cell research
10. Fishy consequences of transplanting trout, salmon, whitefishes
11. Researchers investigate why a limited number of white blood cells are attracted to injured tissue
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
White House announces that 2 UCSB faculty members will receive US presidential science awards
(Date:3/3/2016)... and DE SOTO, Kansas , March ... Detection Plus® to offer Oncimmune,s Early CDT®-Lung, a ... early detection of lung cancer Early CDT®-Lung ... and individuals. --> Early CDT®-Lung test to ... --> Oncimmune, a leader in early cancer ...
(Date:3/2/2016)... 2, 2016 http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/cmt3hk/global_biometrics ... "Global Biometrics as a Service Market ... --> http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/cmt3hk/global_biometrics ) has announced ... as a Service Market 2016-2020" report ... Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/cmt3hk/global_biometrics ) has ...
(Date:3/1/2016)... -- (RSAC Booth #3041) – True fraud costs business $9 ... lost to false positives, where good customers are pushed ... the RSA Conference 2016, NuData Security is calling for a ... devaluing the data fraudsters have in abundance in favor ... --> --> Cheap and readily available ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... During ... transform technology into a viable company, CereScan’s CEO, John Kelley, joined other Denver ... recognized leader and mentor in the Denver area business community, shared his top ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... Intelligent Implant Systems announced today that the two-level ... sale in the United States. These components expand the capabilities of the system ... sales beginning in October of 2015, the company has seen significant sales growth in ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... The report "Cryocooler Market by ... (Technical Support, Product Repairs & Refurbishment, Preventive Maintenance, and ... 2022", published by MarketsandMarkets, the global market is expected ... a CAGR of 7.29% between 2016 and 2022. ... Figures spread through 159 Pages and in-depth TOC on ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... ... 28, 2016 , ... Connecticut Innovations (CI), the ... announced the launch of VentureClash , a $5 million global investment challenge ... looks to attract the best early-stage companies here in Connecticut, around the country ...
Breaking Biology Technology: