Ania Bleszynski Jayich, an assistant professor in physics at UC Santa Barbara, has been awarded the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The award is the highest honor the nation can bestow on a scientist or engineer at the beginning of his or her career.
Jayich joins 96 others who were also named by President Obama as recipients of the award, which is intended to recognize some of the finest scientists and engineers who show exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of scientific knowledge during the 21st century.
"UC Santa Barbara takes great pride in President Obama's recognition of the research of Assistant Professor Jayich," said UCSB Chancellor Henry T. Yang. "We look forward with great anticipation to developments in her studies of quantum electrical transport in nanoscale systems. And we wish her a joyous celebration when she visits the White House to accept this prestigious honor."
Jayich, who joined the UCSB faculty in 2010, was recognized for her "exceptional research accomplishments in the application of scanning probe techniques to study quantum electrical transport in nanoscale systems, and for the development of ultra-high sensitivity magnetometry techniques to study quantum effects in mesoscopic systems."
Started in 1996 by the Clinton administration, the PECASE awards foster innovative and far-reaching developments in science and technology, increase awareness of careers in science and engineering, give recognition to the scientific missions of participating agencies, enhance connections between fundamental research and national goals, and highlight the importance of science and technology for the nation's future. This year's PECASE recipients are employed or funded by 11 federal departments and agencies.