Published on Thursday November 1, 2007
MSE Professor Jonathan E. Spanier was honored at a White House ceremony with President Bush on Thursday, November 1 as one of 58 researchers to receive 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 Clinton.
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. As part of his PECASE, Spanier will receive $1 million over five years.
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.”
In addition to his faculty appointment, Spanier serves as the Associate Department Head of MSE, and is an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Spanier received a B.A. from Drew University in 1990 and a Ph.D. with Distinction from Columbia University in 2001. Prior to joining the College of Engineering in 2003, Spanier held a postdoctoral position at Harvard University.