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President Honors Outstanding Young U.Va. Scientist

October 27, 2000 -- President Clinton has named Garrick E. Louis, a U.Va. assistant professor of systems engineering, as a recipient of the fifth annual Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on young researchers at the outset of their careers. Louis received his award with 58 other recipients during an Oct. 24 ceremony at the White House.

Louis studies the uses of environmental policy to promote sustainable regional economic development. His specialty is capacity assurance for municipal sanitation infrastructure, including solid waste, waste water/sewage treatment, water supply, and the role these play in development.

He received his award for developing a research and educational program in integrated municipal sanitation systems, which will impact the delivery of basic municipal services, domestically and internationally.

Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Louis holds a Ph.D. in engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University, a master's degree in chemical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Howard University. He came to the University of Virginia in 1997.

The Presidential Early Career Awards were established by President Clinton in February 1996, to recognize some of the nations finest junior scientists and engineers and to maintain U.S. leadership across the frontiers of scientific research. Eight Federal departments and agencies join together annually to nominate the most meritorious young scientists and engineers who will broadly advance the science and technology that will be of the greatest benefit to fulfilling the agencies' missions. Louis' research is funded largely by the National Science Foundation.

"These extraordinarily gifted young scientists and engineers represent the best in our country," President Clinton said. "Through their talent, ability, and dedication, they will quicken the pace of discovery and put science and technology to work advancing the human condition as never before."

The young scientists and engineers receive up to a five-year research grant to further their study in support of critical government missions. The federal agencies involved include the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Energy, Health and Human Services, and Veterans Affairs, as well as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the National Science Foundation.

Contact: Fariss Samarrai, (804) 924-3778

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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