Hari Shroff and Kartik Srinivasan Receive PECASE Award

November 14, 2011

From the Hertz Foundation:

Hari Shroff, (Hertz Fellow 2002) and Kartik A. Srinivasan, (Hertz Fellow 2000), and are among 94 researchers named as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. This is the highest honor bestowed by our government to science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. The White House announcement states that these outstanding scientists and engineers advance the Nation’s goals to tackle grand challenges and contribute to the American economy.

Sixteen federal departments and agencies join together annually to nominate “the most meritorious scientists and engineers whose early accomplishments show the greatest promise for assuring America’s preeminence in science and engineering and contributing to the awarding agencies’ missions.” The awards, established by President Bill Clinton in 1996, are coordinated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of the President. Awardees are selected for their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, or community outreach.


Kartik A Srinivasan received his PhD in Applied Physics from the California Institute of Technology in 2006. He is project leader at the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, (CNST), part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland.


Hari Shroff received his PhD in Biophysics from UC Berkeley in 2007. He heads up the lab at the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, an appendage of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, under the aegis of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).


It should be noted that Andrew A. Houck, (Hertz Fellow 2000) is the previous year’s recipient of this award. Andrew received his PhD from Harvard University in 2005 and is presently serving as Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University.

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The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release September 26, 2011

President Obama Honors Outstanding Early-Career Scientists


President Obama today named 94 researchers as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards 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.


The Presidential early career awards embody the high priority the Obama Administration places on producing outstanding scientists and engineers to advance the Nation’s goals, tackle grand challenges, and contribute to the American economy.  Sixteen Federal departments and agencies join together annually to nominate the most meritorious scientists and engineers whose early accomplishments show the greatest promise for assuring America’s preeminence in science and engineering and contributing to the awarding agencies' missions.


“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 be not only personally rewarding but also invaluable to the Nation,” President Obama said. “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.”


The awards, established by President Clinton in 1996, are coordinated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of the President. Awardees are selected for their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, or community outreach.


This year’s recipients are:


Department of Agriculture

Dr. Laura L. Bellows, Colorado State University

Dr. Jonathan G. Lundgren, Agricultural Research Service

Dr. Samuel L. Zelinka, U.S. Forest Service


Department of Commerce

Dr. Jeffrey A. Fagan, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Dr. James A. Morris, Jr., National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Dr. Erin M. Oleson, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Dr. David E. Richardson, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Dr. Kartik A. Srinivasan, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Dr. Jacob M. Taylor, National Institute of Standards and Technology


Department of Defense

Dr. Michael S. Arnold, University of Wisconsin at Madison

Dr. Jeffrey W. Book, Naval Research Laboratory

Dr. Tad T. Brunye, U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center

Dr. Dirk R. Englund, Columbia University

Dr. Ali Khademhosseini, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital

Dr. Reuben H. Kraft, U.S. Army Research Laboratory

Dr. Tonghun Lee, Michigan State University

Dr. Anne J. McNeil, University of Michigan

Dr. Aydogan Ozcan, University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Tomas A. Palacios, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. Sumita Pennathur, University of California, Santa Barbara

Dr. Kyle M. Shen, Cornell University

Dr. Amit Singer, Princeton University

Dr. Stephen M. Spottswood, U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory

Dr. Joseph M. Teran, University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Lan Yang, Washington University in St. Louis


Department of Education

Dr. Roy Levy, Arizona State University


Department of Energy

Dr. Christian W. Bauer, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Dr. Greg Bronevetsky, Lawrence Livemore National Laboratory

Dr. Fotini Katopodes Chow, University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Carole Dabney-Smith, Miami University

Dr. David Erickson, Cornell University

Dr. Daniel C. Fredrickson, University of Wisconsin—Madison

Dr. Christiane Jablonowski, University of Michigan

Dr. Gang Logan Liu, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Alysia D. Marino, University of Colorado at Boulder

Dr. Victoria J. Orphan, California Institute of Technology

Dr. Wei-Jun Qian, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Dr. Evgenya I. Simakov, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Dr. Feng Wang, University of California, Berkeley


Department of Health and Human Services

Dr. Rommie E. Amaro, University of California, Irvine

Dr. Sonja M. Best, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Dr. David T. Breault, Children's Hospital Boston

Dr. John S. Brownstein, Children's Hospital Boston

Dr. Brian S. Caffo, Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Nicola J. Camp, University of Utah

Dr. Pierre R. Comizzoli, Smithsonian Institution

Dr. Chyke A. Doubeni, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Dr. Jose C. Florez, Massachusetts General Hospital and the Broad Institute

Dr. James L. Gulley, National Cancer Institute

Dr. W. Nicholas Haining, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Thomas L. Kash, University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Dr. John C. March, Cornell University

Dr. Katherine L. O'Brien, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dr. Carla M. Pugh, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Dr. Jamie L. Renbarger, Indiana University

Dr. Sara L. Sawyer, University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Hari Shroff, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

Dr. Mary Jo Trepka, Florida International University

Dr. Linda E. Wilbrecht, University of California at San Francisco


Department of the Interior

Dr. Sasha C. Reed, U.S. Geological Survey

Dr. David R. Shelly, U.S. Geological Survey


Department of Transportation

Dr. Kristin C. Lewis, Volpe National Transportation Systems Center


Department of Veterans Affairs

Dr. Tanya Z. Fischer, Veterans Health Administration

Dr. Christine M. Freeman, Veterans Health Administration

Dr. B. Price Kerfoot, Veterans Health Administration and Harvard Medical School

Dr. Kristina M. Utzschneider, Veterans Health Administration and University of Washington


Environmental Protection Agency

Dr. Gayle S.W. Hagler, National Risk Management Research Laboratory

Dr. David M. Reif, National Center for Computational Toxicology


National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Dr. Jonathan W. Cirtain, Marshall Space Flight Center

Dr. Ian M. Howat, The Ohio State University

Dr. Gregory G. Howes, University of Iowa

Dr. Benjamin A. Mazin, University of California, Santa Barbara


National Science Foundation

Dr. Katherine E. Aidala, Mount Holyoke College

Dr. Hatice Altug, Boston University

Dr. Amir S. Avestimehr, Cornell University

Dr. Joshua C. Bongard, University of Vermont

Dr. David J. Brumley, Carnegie Mellon University

Dr. Elizabeth S. Cochran, U.S. Geological Survey

Dr. Noah J. Cowan, Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Xiangfeng Duan, University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Michael J. Escuti, North Carolina State University

Dr. Demetra C. Evangelou, Purdue University

Dr. Benjamin A. Garcia, Princeton University

Dr. Tina A. Grotzer, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Dr. Lasse Jensen, Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Benjamin Kerr, University of Washington

Dr. Benjamin L. Lev, Stanford University

Dr. Elena G. Litchman, Michigan State University

Dr. Yasamin C. Mostofi, University of New Mexico

Dr. Lilianne R. Mujica-Parodi, State University of New York at Stony Brook

Dr. Andre D. Taylor, Yale University

Dr. Claudia R. Valeggia, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Maria G. Westdickenberg, Georgia Institute of Technology


Smithsonian Institution

Dr. Justin C. Kasper, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

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