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Petta Receives the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

Jason Petta, a PRISM faculty member and an assistant professor in the Department of Physics was nominated by U.S. Department of Defense and named as a recipient of the highest honor bestowed by the federal government on young professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. Petta is among 100 recipients who will receive their awards in the fall at a White House ceremony. The award acknowledges researchers whose early accomplishments show the greatest promise for strengthening America's leadership in science and technology and contributing to the awarding agencies' missions. Jason, who is an experimental condensed matter physicist, has been cited for conducting leading research, including investigations into isolating single quantum states in semiconductor compounds by making super-small devices using advanced nanofabrication techniques. He also is studying how to control single quantum states in order to create "quantum bits," the elementary building blocks of a future quantum computer. In addition, he is performing experiments that will improve the understanding of how the fragile quantum states are destroyed due to interactions with the environment. Winning scientists and engineers receive up to a five-year research grant to further their study in support of critical government missions. For more information click here.

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