Monday, July 23, 2012

INL physicist receives Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

Derek Gaston
Derek Gaston of the Idaho National Laboratory was one of 96 researchers named Monday by President Barack Obama as a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. This is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.
"Discoveries in science and technology not only strengthen our economy, they inspire us as a people." Obama said. "The impressive accomplishments of today’s awardees so early in their careers promise even greater advances in the years ahead."

The recipients are employed or funded by the following departments and agencies: Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Health and Human Services, Interior, Veteran Affairs, EPA, NASA and the National Science Foundation. Established by President Bill Clinton in 1996, the awards are coordinated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of the President. Awardees are selected 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.

Here is a link to an INL-produced video on Gaston's work in multi-physics: