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ECE Associate Professor Spencer Smith receives a 2019 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)

July 16th, 2019

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The PECASE is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers and show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology.

“The future of the College of Engineering depends to a great extent on our young faculty members, so every time they receive prestigious awards, we are delighted, knowing that the future is bright,” said Rod Alferness, dean of UC Santa Barbara’s College of Engineering. “We therefore heartily congratulate both Spencer Smith, Phillip Christopher and Andrea Young for receiving these important PECASE awards.”

Smith, whose research lies at the intersection of engineering and neuroscience, was nominated for the award by the National Institutes of Health. He will use the award to continue his lab and colleagues’ effort to develop new imaging tools for neuroscience, aiming to gain insights into how neural circuitry works. “I always hope what I’m doing is useful to other people, and recognition like this makes me think that it is,” he said.

Smith, Christopher (ChemE) and Young (Physics) join more than 300 others across the country receiving the PECASE. Winners of the PECASE award will be honored in a ceremony to be held Thursday, July 25, in Washington, D.C.

The UCSB Current – "Early Career High Achievers" (full article)

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Smith's SLAB lab