Chestnut Hill, Mass. (11/08/2010) Boston College physicist Willie J. Padilla has been named by President Obama as a recipient of a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.
Padilla, whose work is at the forefront of the creation of new types of "metamaterials," is one of 85 researchers selected by the White House to receive the prestigious PECASE grant awards this year.
"Science and technology have long been at the core of America's economic strength and global leadership," President Obama said. "I am confident that these individuals, who have shown such tremendous promise so early in their careers, will go on to make breakthroughs and discoveries that will continue to move our nation forward in the years ahead."
BC Provost and Dean of Faculties Cutberto Garza said the young physicist's award is fitting recognition for his leading research.
"I am delighted by the news of Professor Padilla's well-deserved recognition by the White House," said Garza. "His scholarly accomplishments, creativity, and innovation are indeed impressive, having attracted national and international attention."
Padilla was quick to praise the support he's received from his colleagues and the University since he joined the BC faculty in 2006.
"I'm honored and humbled to receive this award," said Padilla, an associate professor. "I'm grateful to BC for their support of my research and extend my appreciation to my colleagues in Physics and researchers I've worked with in other departments. This award will allow me to further my research and to continue to teach and mentor Boston College undergraduate and graduate students."
Ferris Professor of Physics and Department Chairman Mike Naughton said Padilla's research is on the cutting edge of metamateria
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