President Obama honors Mines Professor O'Hayre

Golden, Colo., Jan. 13 2010 — Today at the White House, President Barack Obama honored Colorado School of Mines professor Ryan O’Hayre as one of the nation’s outstanding early career scientists – the latest winners of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on scientists and engineers in the early stages of their independent research careers.

The President’s meeting with the winners builds on the events of last week announcing an expansion of the “Educate to Innovate” campaign ( and showcases his sustained focus on America’s need for a world-class science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce.
The Presidential Early Career Awards embody the high priority the Administration places on producing outstanding scientists and engineers to advance the nation’s goals and contribute to all sectors of the economy. Nine Federal departments and agencies join together annually to nominate the most meritorious young scientists and engineers—researchers whose early accomplishments show the greatest promise for strengthening America’s leadership in science and technology and contributing to the awarding agencies' missions.
“You have been selected for this honor not only because of your innovative research, but also for your demonstrated commitment to community service and public outreach,” President Obama said in a letter to the winners to be delivered during a ceremony today. “Your achievements as scientists, engineers, and engaged citizens are exemplary, and the value of your work is amplified by the inspiration you provide to others.”
The awards, established by President Clinton in February 1996, are coordinated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of the President. Awardees are selected on the basis of two criteria: Pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and a commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, or community outreach. Winning scientists and engineers receive up to a five-year research grant to further their study in support of critical government missions.
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