Three scientists in FRIB user community earn Presidential Early Career Awards

Three members of the FRIB user community earned the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) for 2019. The members are:

  • Matthew Dietrich, Argonne National Laboratory, (nominated by the U.S. Department of Energy): Dietrich earned his PhD in atomic/molecular physics from the University of Washington. He was a postdoc at Argonne from 2010 to 2014. He then worked as a research assistant professor at Northwestern University in 2014 and 2015. Dietrich returned to Argonne in 2015. He is a co-author of the “Isotope Harvesting at FRIB: Additional opportunities for scientific discovery
  • Jacklyn Gates, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, (nominated by the U.S. Department of Energy): Gates earned her PhD in nuclear chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. She began working at Berkeley Lab in 2010, and is currently the Heavy Elements Group Leader in Berkeley’s Nuclear Sciences Division.
  • Shea Mosby, Los Alamos National Laboratory (nominated by the U.S. Department of Energy): Mosby earned his PhD in experimental nuclear physics from Michigan State University in 2011. He began working at Los Alamos as a postdoctoral researcher in 2012 to study neutron capture reactions for nuclear technology applications. He became a technical staff member in 2014. Mosby now leads projects studying the nuclear fission process.

PECASE is the U.S. government’s highest honor given to scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers and who show promise for leadership in science and technology.

Established in 1996, PECASE acknowledges the contributions scientists and engineers have made to the advancement of science, technology, education, and mathematics (STEM) education. The award also recognizes community service as demonstrated through:

  • scientific leadership,
  • public education,
  • and community outreach.