Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

The White House press release this afternoon states that the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, is “ the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. The winners will receive their awards at a Washington, DC ceremony this spring.”
Deji was nominated for the honor by the Department of Defense for his ground breaking research on nanomaterials, sensors, devices, and flexible technology. He is arguably one of the top researchers worldwide in the areas of graphene – silicon electronics and 2D nanomaterials-based flexible electronics. Some of his  inventions have already been commercialized by industry, including his ingenious method for growing graphene at low temperature on thin copper films pre-treated with hydrogen and deposited on silicon wafers which was commercialized by Aixtron, one of the leading graphene manufacturing equipment companies.
Deji  is also the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Inaugural IEEE NANO "Geim and Novoselov Graphene Prize," an  IEEE Early Career Award in Nanotechnology, a National Science Foundation Career Award, an Army Research Office Young Investigator award, and a Young Investigator award from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.
Deji is one two PECASE recipient from UT this year. The other recipient is Keji Lai from Physics.

Our last two ECE PECASE recipient were Mattan Erez in 2013 and Seth Bank in 2008.
This is a great honor for Deji, ECE, CSE and UT.

Award Category: 

  • NSF PECASE Award

Year of Award: 

Deji Akinwande
David & Doris Lybarger Endowed Faculty Fellowship in Engineering
Associate Professor