President Obama honors extraordinary early-career scientists

president obama honors–by UF News

A faculty member from the University of Florida’s Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering is among 106 researchers President Obama recently named as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

Michele Manuel received her bachelor’s degree in materials science and engineering at the University of Florida and a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering at Northwestern University. She worked for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and General Motors Corporation (GM) before joining the faculty in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida in January 2008.

“These early-career scientists are leading the way in our efforts to confront and understand challenges from climate change to our health and wellness,” President Obama said. “We congratulate these accomplished individuals and encourage them to continue to serve as an example of the incredible promise and ingenuity of the American people.”

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