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Materials Science Professor Receives Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

November 1, 2007

Drexel University’s Jonathan E. Spanier, assistant professor of materials science and engineering (MSE) was honored at a White House ceremony. He was among 58 researchers from across the nation who received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The PECASE is the nation’s highest honor for professionals at the outset of their independent research careers. Spanier is the first assistant professor at Drexel to be selected for this recognition since the inception of the program in 1996 under President Bill Clinton.

According to John H. Marburger III, director of the Office of Science & Technology Policy, “Selection for this award is based on the combination of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and community service demonstrated through scientific leadership and community outreach.” Nominated by the Department of Defense, Spanier is cited for “innovative research in materials science and engineering to improve synthesis strategies to produce novel and advanced hybrid nanostructures with specific properties and multifunctional capabilities,” Spanier is also cited “for his exceptional teaching of graduate and undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds.”

Nine federal departments and agencies annually nominate beginning scientists and engineers whose work shows exceptional promise for leadership at the frontiers of scientific knowledge. PECASE awardees receive funding for up to five years to further their research in support of critical government missions.

In addition to his faculty appointment, Spanier serves as the associate department head of MSE, and is an affiliated faculty member in Drexel’s department of electrical and computer engineering.


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