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PECASE ceremony: Shwetak Patel and Luke Zettlemoyer go to (the other) Washington

Front row: Shwetak and Luke. Back row: Eleanor.

UW CSE and Electrical Engineering professor Shwetak Patel and CSE professor Luke Zettlemoyer traveled to our nation’s capital to collect their Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists & Engineers (PECASE). The PECASE Award is the highest honor bestowed by our nation’s government on early career researchers in science and engineering fields.

The 106 winners named in February gathered yesterday to be recognized at ceremonies hosted by the National Science Foundation and the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy. Today, awardees joined President Barack Obama at the White House, where Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos also spoke.

Patel was nominated for the PECASE by the National Science Foundation for his work on home sensing systems to monitor electricity and water consumption. Zettlemoyer was nominated by the Department of Defense for developing new approaches to natural language processing. UW Chemistry professor David Masiello also received a PECASE through NSF for his work in the emerging field of theoretical molecular nanophotonics.

Read our earlier post on the PECASE announcement here.

Congratulations to Shwetak, Luke and David on this terrific achievement!