Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A University of Maryland researcher and two alumni of the university’s College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences were among those honored April 14, 2014, at a White House reception for winners of Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

Group photo taken at the PECASE award breakfast on April 14, 2014 at the Hay-Adams Hotel in Washington, D.C. (l-r) Ana Maria Rey (JILA), Carl Williams (JQI/NIST), Charles Clark (JQI/NIST), Gretchen Campbell (JQI/NIST), Joseph Dehmer (NIST) and Bill Phillips (JQI/NIST). Photo credit: Peter Cutts

The 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.

Gretchen Campbell, a Joint Quantum Institute (JQI) fellow and scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), was recognized for pioneering research in "atomtronics" that proved the feasibility of technological applications in this new field by demonstrating the first controllable atom circuit, and for mentoring young scientists through coursework, laboratory research and sponsorship of a women-in-physics group.

Ana Maria Rey, who received her Ph.D. in physics from UMD in 2004, is a physicist and associate researcher in the NIST Physical Measurement Laboratory and Fellow at JILA, a joint research institute of NIST and Colorado University-Boulder. She was recognized for advancing theoretical understanding of the complex interactions between atoms and light; guiding and explaining experiments involving ultracold atoms and molecules, quantum information processing, atomic clocks, and quantum magnetism; and outstanding mentoring of young scientists.

Scott WeaverScott Weaver, who received his M.S. in meteorology from UMD in 2003 and Ph.D. in atmospheric and oceanic science from UMD in 2007, works at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center. Scott was recognized for innovative research toward the development of a seasonal outlook for tornadoes and for his leadership and outreach to develop NOAA's Climate Prediction Center as a center of excellence, supporting the nation with climate prediction and monitoring services.


--University of Maryland/College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences--