John Kovac Receives Presidential Early Career Award

January 23, 2017
Prof. John Kovac

Prof. John Kovac has been named a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). It is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

The Presidential Early Career Awards highlight the key role that the Administration places in encouraging and accelerating American innovation to grow our economy and tackle our greatest challenges.

Kovac was recognized for his work in advancing the most sensitive measurements of polarization of the cosmic microwave background, the faint fossil radiation from the Big Bang. That polarization reveals clues to the origin of the universe. To study it requires very stable conditions, like those found in the cold, dry air of Antarctica.

The White House announcement and full list of recipients is online.