Three Stanford scientists honored with Presidential Early Career Awards

Marco Pavone
Marco Pavone

JACOB FOX, professor of mathematics; JONATHAN FAN, assistant professor of electrical engineering; and MARCO PAVONE, assistant professor of aeronautics and astronautics, were recently honored with Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

Earlier in January, then President Barack Obama awarded the three faculty members and 99 other scientists and researchers nationwide the U.S. government’s highest honor for professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

“I congratulate these outstanding scientists and engineers on their impactful work,” Obama said. “These innovators are working to help keep the United States on the cutting edge, showing that federal investments in science lead to advancements that expand our knowledge of the world around us and contribute to our economy.”

According to a White House statement, the awards highlight “the key role that the administration places in encouraging and accelerating American innovation to grow our economy and tackle our greatest challenges.”

The recipients either receive funding from or work for federal departments and agencies. Fox is supported by the National Science Foundation; Fan receives funding from the Department of Defense; and Pavone’s research is backed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.