Kysar Wins Presidental Award for Scientists and Engineers

Associate Professor Jeffrey Kysar of the Department of Mechanical Engineering has been selected for the highest honor that any young scientist or engineer can receive in the United States. He was awarded a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) and received the honor at a special award ceremony at the White House in early November. 

Prof. Kysar was nominated for the award through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for his outstanding fundamental research into the deformation of materials at small length scales, under high-strain-gradient, and under high-rate-loading conditions. His research concentrates on the mechanical properties of materials at small length scales and under extreme conditions. “The overall thrusts are to develop verified, physics-based predictive models of mechanical behavior and to develop new nanostructured materials that can be employed in microscale and nanoscale device,” he said.

“I am deeply honored to be a recipient of the PECASE award,” he continued. “This recognition would not have been possible without strong support from the Mechanical Engineering Department, the School, and the central administration of Columbia University. I am grateful to have developed strong research collaborations with colleagues both in and out of the Mechanical Engineering Department. I especially thank the members of my research group for their hard work and their commitment to excellence in research,” he said.

The PECASE was established in 1996 to recognize and honor outstanding scientists and engineers at the outset of their independent research careers. The award was instituted to foster innovative 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.

Department Chair Y. Lawrence Yao cited Prof. Kysar as “most deserving of this terrific honor” and praised him for being not only a superb scholar but also an excellent mentor and a valuable colleague.

Prof. Kysar also expressed gratitude to Columbia's Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC), the National Science Foundation, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Academic Quality Fund at Columbia University, the New York State Office of Science Technology and Academic Research, and the U.S. Department of Energy for their continuing financial support of his research.

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