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Four researchers win Presidential Early Career Awards

Four MIT researchers are among the 57 recipients of the 2003 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers given by the U.S. government to recognize researchers at the beginning of their careers. The awards were presented at the White House Sept. 9.

This is the eighth year for the PECASE awards, which were established by the White House in 1996. Scientists and engineers are nominated by eight federal departments and agencies as the researchers best able to fulfill the agencies' missions. Those participating agencies award the young scientists and engineers with up to five years of funding to continue their research.

This year's MIT winners are:

Vladimir Bulovic, associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, for his contributions "examining optical and electrical properties of organic and inorganic nanostructured thin films and applying the fundamental findings to develop novel active devices."

Christopher Schuh, assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, for his "combined experimental and theoretical research on the structure-property relationships in advanced structural materials, including amorphous and nanocrystalline metals."

Moe Z. Win, the Charles Stark Draper Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics in the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems, for his "pioneering work on novel ultra-wide band radio communication systems including fundamental propagation studies, channel modeling, and signal acquisition protocols; providing the foundation for utilizing this new form of radio communication in the design of secure, fade resistant, high data rate wireless networks."

Stephanie Seminara, a visiting scientist in the Clinical Research Center, for "outstanding contributions to the field of reproductive endocrinology, including the identification of genetic factors which regulate the onset of puberty, giving us new insights into the causes of human infertility."

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on October 20, 2004 (download PDF).

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