President Obama honors UW’s Michael Hochberg and other outstanding Washington early-career scientists

President Obama announced the 100 winners of the 2009 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on early-career researchers.

According to the press release, “Nine Federal departments and agencies join together annually to nominate the most meritorious young scientists and engineers-researchers whose early accomplishments show the greatest promise for strengthening America’s leadership in science and technology and contributing to the awarding agencies’ missions.”

Winning researchers receive up to a $1 million five-year grant to further their work.

There are five awardees from the state of Washington:
-Michael J. Hochberg, University of Washington – nominated by Department of Defense.
-Alexandre M. Tartakovsky, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory – nominated by Department of Energy.
-Benjamin E. Smith, University of Washington – nominated by NASA.
-Ulrike Peters, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center – nominated by National Institutes of Health.
-Harmit S. Malik, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center – nominated by National Science Foundation.

According to, “Michael Hochberg, assistant professor of photonics at the University of Washington in Seattle, will use his award to advance his research into using silicon photonics as a way to build optical devices and as a way to explore new physical phenomena.” Hochberg played an instrumental role in acquiring a $2.5 million electron beam lithography tool to be housed, and available to companies and researchers, in the WTC Microfabrication Laboratory.

Related external links (will open a new window):

  • President honors outstanding early-career scientists
    The White House – Washington, D.C. – July 9, 2009
  • PECASE Funds Photonics Work – Pittsfield, Mass. – July 13, 2009
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