MCHENRY, Ill., Oct. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- President Barack Obama named Sumita Pennathur, Ph.D., as a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) on Sept. 26. The PECASE award is the highest national honor bestowed upon science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research careers. Pennathur, an assistant professor of medical engineering at University of California Santa Barbara, was one of the 94 recipients honored at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 14.
Pennathur was recognized for her work in fundamental fluidics, nanotechnology and mechanical engineering, which has resulted in the development of tools that have enabled further scientific insights and progress.
"We are pleased to congratulate Dr. Pennathur on this prestigious achievement," said Carolin Archibald, president of Medela. "This is an incredible accomplishment and we are very fortunate to work with Dr. Pennathur as well as the other world-class research partners to continue to advance breastfeeding science."
Pennathur's research is focused on creating novel devices for practical applications to advance health and science. Medela is excited to be collaborating with Pennathur to advance breastfeeding research and technology.
The PECASE awards, established by President Bill Clinton in 1996, 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. For a complete list of award winners, visit: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/09/26/president-obama-honors-outstanding-early-career-scientists
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