President Trump has named two George Washington University professors winners of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE): Chunlei Liang, associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Volker J. Sorger, associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
"It's overwhelming and a true honor, and it underlines the STEM momentum of GW," Dr. Sorger said.
According to the White House, the PECASE is "the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers and who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology."
Federal agencies can nominate potential winners, who eventually are selected by the president and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Dr. Liang's research on the fluid dynamics shaping the top third of the sun's radius is an important part of developing software that predicts "space weather": solar winds, flares and other astronomical phenomena.
In a few decades, Dr. Liang said, such models might be as dependable as current models for predicting weather on Earth--useful because unpredictable space weather can interfere with the operation of spacecraft and satellites.