Doing a PhD in CASA can set you on your way to greatness. Paul Torrens who got his PhD in 2003 and is now an Associate Professor at Arizona State received the coveted PECASE award just before Christmas from President Bush. Come to CASA on your way to the White House and it can only get better !
Paul was one of 20 nominated by the National Science Foundation. He was given this award for 2007 and presented with it by President Bush at the White House on 19th December 2008. Here he is, on the next to back row, north west of the President behind the lady with the white suit
President George W. Bush stands with recipients of the 2007 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers Friday, Dec. 19, 2008, in the Grand Foyer of the White House. White House photo by Chris Greenberg
The Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) is the highest honour bestowed by the United States government on outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers. In February 1996, the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), was commissioned by President Clinton to create an award program that would honour and support the extraordinary achievements of young professionals at the outset of their independent research careers in the fields of science and technology. The Presidential Award embodies the high priority placed by the government on maintaining the leadership position of the United States in science by producing outstanding scientists and engineers who will broadly advance science and the missions important to the participating agencies.