Rondinelli Goes to Washington

James Rondinelli met with President Barack Obama, who congratulated him on his PECASE

President Barack Obama joins recipients of the PECASE for a group photo in the East Room of the White House.President Barack Obama joins recipients of the PECASE for a group photo in the East Room of the White House.

On Thursday, May 5, President Barack Obama met with more than 100 leading scientists and engineers from across the country to thank them for their work on some of the most challenging and complex issues in science and technology. These individuals, the latest recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), spent two days in Washington, DC, meeting with administration leaders and sharing the insights of their work.

James Rondinelli, assistant professor of materials science and engineering in Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering, was among the group being honored. He received a PECASE for his seminal contributions in computational physics and novel materials design approaches, paving the way for the design of many-body quantum properties.

During his visit with these awardees, President Obama congratulated the awardees on their achievements and urged them to continue to lead the way in driving discovery and innovation. He also noted that the recipients, all of whom are either employed or funded by the federal government, underscored the importance of the nation’s investments in research and development.

(Official White House photo by Lawrence Jackson)


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