President Obama named Bowdoin’s Daniela Oliveira as one of 102 researchers nationwide to receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The White House announced the award on December 23.
An assistant professor of computer science whose research focuses on computer security, Oliveira is the only PECASE recipient from a primarily undergraduate institution. She will attend a Washington, D.C., awards ceremony and receive a citation, plaque, and funding from the National Science Foundation, one of 9 federal agencies participating in the award.
The foundation selected PECASE nominees from among recent recipients of its prestigious CAREER Award, which Oliveira won in 2012. Final selection was up to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. The PECASE is “the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.”