Published: July 1, 2002

Note to Editors: Photos of the researchers are available on request by calling Jeannine Malmsbury in the CU-Boulder news office at (303) 492-3115.

President George W. Bush officially announced the 60 recipients of the 2001 Presidential Early Career Awards June 26, including four researchers from the University of Colorado at Boulder, which led the nation in winners.

The PECASE awards for scientists and engineers honor the most promising young researchers in the nation within their fields. Eight federal departments and agencies join together to nominate and select young scientists and engineers whose work is of the greatest benefit to the nominating agency's mission.

The researchers, who will receive their awards at the White House from President Bush on July 12, each will get up to five years of funding to further their research in support of critical government missions.

CU-Boulder led the nation with four recipients, followed by Duke University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee with three each.

The CU-Boulder winners include:

Kenneth Gall, assistant professor, mechanical engineering. Gall will receive $250,000 over five years from the Department of Energy's Sandia National Laboratories to support his research in multi-scale modeling of materials.

Jorge Zornberg, assistant professor in civil environmental and architectural engineering. Zornberg will receive $375,000 from the National Science Foundation for research in geotechnical and geo-environmental engineering.

Steven Brown, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, or CIRES, a joint Institute of CU-Boulder and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Brown will receive $50,000 for developing a new technique and instrument for measuring elusive atmospheric chemicals.

Thomas Hamill, CIRES. Hamill will receive $50,000 for his research in helping to understand what causes errors in weather forecasting.