PECASE Recipients Honored at White House Ceremony

The Caltech alumni, faculty and former postdocs listed below represent a special subset of our nation?s rising generation of investigators. Each was a 2009 honoree of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers; the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers. The Awards honor researchers who engage in innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology, and who demonstrate community service through scientific leadership, education or community outreach.

  • Cecilia R. Aragon, BS 1982 in Mathematics, staff scientist at Advanced Computing for Science, in the Computational Research Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
  • Alumna Elizabeth Boon, PhD 2003 in Chemistry, Assistant Professor at Stony Brook University.
  • Markus J. Buehler, Caltech Postdoc 2004-05 in the division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. Now Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT.
  • Alumnus Ioannis Chasiotis, Master?s 1998, PhD 2002 in Aeronautics. Currently Associate Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a part-time faculty member in the Beckman Institute Autonomous Materials Systems group.
  • Caltech graduate and faculty member John Dabiri, Master?s 2003 in Aeronautics, PhD 2005 in Bio Engineering; Dr. Dabiri is Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Bioengineering at Caltech.
  • Alumnus Jason Graetz, Master?s 2000, PhD 2003 in Materials Science. Currently a materials scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York.
  • Alumnus Michael J. Hochberg, BS 2002 Physics, Master?s in 2005, and PhD 2006 in Applied Physics; he is Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington.
  • Caltech faculty member Beverley McKeon, Assistant Professor of Aeronautics in GALCIT.
  • Justin K. Romberg, Caltech Postdoc in 2003 in the division of Engineering and Applied Science; Assistant Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech.
  • Caltech faculty member Joel Tropp, Assistant Professor of Applied and Computational Mathematics in Engineering and Applied Science at the Institute.

Photograph of all 2009 PECASE Honorees >>