Alumnus Receives Prestigious PECASE Award

February 14, 2017

Alumnus Dr. Jim Kang (Ph.D., 2010) was recently one of the 102 scientists former President Barack Obama named as recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research careers.

“I congratulate these outstanding scientists and engineers on their impactful work,” President Obama is quoted as saying in the White House’s official release. “These innovators are working to help keep the United States on the cutting edge, showing that Federal investments in science lead to advancements that expand our knowledge of the world around us and contribute to our economy.”

Kang completed his Ph.D. with mentor Professor Shashi Shekhar. Shortly after receiving it, he joined the U.S. Department of Defense National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. While pursuing his degree within our Department, he explored spatio-temporal data mining problems. One of his projects was monitoring water quality using sensors to detect flow-anomalies. Kang was recruited to the University of Minnesota as a fellow through a National Science Foundation’s Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) grant.

Kang joins a small handful of alumni and professors who have received this highly selective award from the President of the United States. For a complete list of the 2017 PECASE recipients, please visit the White House’s archives.

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