Dr. Stanley Atcitty, an energy storage systems researcher at Sandia National Laboratories, has been named a winner of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). President Obama named 13 U.S. Department of Energy-funded researchers as recipients of the award which is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers, who are early in their independent research careers.
Dr. Atcitty was nominated by the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability for advances in power electronics for the electric grid including the development of a high-temperature silicon-carbide power module and an ultra-high-voltage silicon-carbide thyristor, for research on grid integration of energy storage, and for mentorship in the Native American community.
The winning Energy Department scientists are among 96 researchers supported by 11 federal departments and agencies who will receive the PECASE. In addition to a citation and a plaque, each PECASE winner is continuing to receive Department funding for up to five years to advance his or her research.