Honors Outstanding Young U.Va. Scientist
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
Fariss Samarrai, (804) 924-3778