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Alumni Honored as Outstanding Early-Career Scientists
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* Jeffrey Banks ’02 Christopher Mattson, Ph.D. ’03,
Jeffrey Banks ’02, Ph.D. ’06

Christopher Mattson, Ph.D. ’03,

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The White House honored two alumni in July with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

Jeffrey Banks ’02, Ph.D. ’06, a computational scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, was selected by the Department of Energy for his work in computational physics, science computation, and numerical analysis, and for service in high schools and the scientific community. Banks’s research, which aims to expand the capabilities of computer simulation, is important to national security research, notably fusion experiments at the National Ignition Facility.

In addition to his research, Banks tutors high school students with the goal of making math more accessible and less intimidating. Banks earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics, and doctorate in applied mathematics, at Rensselaer.

Christopher Mattson, Ph.D. ’03, a mechanical engineering professor at Brigham Young University, was selected by the National Science Foundation for innovative research to enable product design for sustainable poverty alleviation, and for dedication toward establishing third-world outreach and learning experiences for engineering students. Mattson is a co-director of BYU’s Mechanical Engineering Capstone program. He recently led a group of engineering students who built a human-powered drill that successfully struck water in Tanzania. Mattson earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering at BYU and a doctorate in mechanical engineering at Rensselaer.

PECASE awards were established by President Clinton in 1996 to honor early-career scientists for their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, or community outreach.
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