26 July 2019

OSA Members Named Recipients of U.S. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

Four Members, two Senior Members of The Optical Society are among 2019 class of STEM professionals recognized for exceptional promise in science and technology leadership

WASHINGTON—Six members of The Optical Society (OSA) have been named recipients of the prestigious 2019 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government to early career scientists and engineers. The awardees, who are at the start of their independent research careers, also show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology.

More broadly, the PECASE Award, established in 1996, acknowledges the contributions scientists and engineers make to the advancement of STEM and to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education and community outreach. The awards are administered by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy along with participating U.S. government agencies.

The OSA Member/2019 PECASE Honorees are:


  • Félicie Albert (OSA Senior Member), Staff Scientist, Deputy Director, Center for High Energy Density Science, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, U.S.A.


  •  Gaurov Bahl, Associate Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, U.S.A.


  • Qiang Lin, Associate Professor of Optics, University of Rochester U.S.A.


  • Spencer L. Smith, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Co-Director UCSB Brain Initiative, University of California, Santa Barbara, U.S.A.


  •  Volker Jendrick Sorger (OSA Senior Member), Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, George Washington University, U.S.A.


  • Gordon Wetzstein, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, U.S.A.


About The Optical Society

Founded in 1916, The Optical Society (OSA) is the leading professional organization for scientists, engineers, students and business leaders who fuel discoveries, shape real-life applications and accelerate achievements in the science of light. Through world-renowned publications, meetings and membership initiatives, OSA provides quality research, inspired interactions and dedicated resources for its extensive global network of optics and photonics experts. For more information, visit osa.org.

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