Honors & Awards

 Presidential Early Career Award Winners

The Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on scientists in the early stages of their careers. Sixteen federal departments and agencies annually nominate scientists whose early accomplishments show outstanding promise for assuring America's preeminence in science and engineering. In 2012, Yuri Shprits was named one of three UCLA recipients and one of 96 national recipients. 


 Yuri Shprits - 2012

Yuri Shprits studies the high-energy particles trapped by Earth's magnetic field in the Van Allen radiation belt. His innovative research modelling the Van Allen belt will ultimately protect satellites from these particles, and will aid in the design of satellite missions.

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2012 Early Presidential Career Award Press Release

Xiangfeng Duan - 2011

Xiangfeng Duan's research on nanoscale materials has applications in electronics, energy science, and biomedical science. Duan's work aims to change existing technologies and create a new generation of integrated nanosystems. Duan has recently been awarded the prestigious DuPont Young Professor award and the Journal of Materials Chemistry Lectureship.   

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 Joseph Teran - 2011

Joseph Teran explores efficient algorithm design and biomechanical modeling. His research has fascinating applications in virtual surgery and computer animation. Among many awards, Teran has been named one of the "20 Best Brains Under 40."

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2011 Early Presidential Career Award Press Release