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UD's Garcia-Frias named winner of PECASE Award

University of Delaware researcher Javier Garcia-Frias has been named one of 60 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) winners and will be honored during a special event at the White House.

Garcia-Frias is an assistant professor in the College of Engineering’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research interests are in information processing for communications systems, with a focus in wireless communications, iterative decoding schemes and joint source-channel coding. He is also exploring relations among areas such as communications, signal processing and bioinformatics.

The Presidential Early Career Award is the second major honor for Garcia-Frias in recent months. Earlier, he was named a recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development, or CAREER, Award.

The CAREER Award is the National Science Foundation's most prestigious award for new faculty members. Garcia-Frias earned his PhD in electrical engineering from UCLA in 1999 and joined the UD faculty that same year.

The CAREER program recognizes and supports the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who are most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century.

Each year, NSF selects nominees for Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers from among the most meritorious new CAREER awardees.

The PECASE program recognizes outstanding scientists and engineers who, early in their careers, show exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of knowledge. The Presidential Award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers.

UD’s Anne S. Robinson, also a researcher in the College of Engineering, earned the PECASE award last year for her work to advance human health research by improving the understanding of protein aggregation at the molecular level and for education programs to prepare students for opportunities in biotechnology.

May 3, 2002