Steve Brunton, NIFTI PI, receives Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

Steve Brunton, a NIFTI PI, received the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The United States Government bestows the PECASE as the highest honor to “scientists and engineers show exceptional promise for leadership”. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy receives and reviews recommendations from governmental agencies who support the scientist’s work. Nine agencies have the ability to offer recommendations, including the Department of Energy and the Department of Defense.

Dr. Brunton is a mechanical engineer whose research focuses on data-driven modeling and control of complex systems, such as studying how turbulent fluids behave. Brunton was nominated for his work on using machine learning to develop efficient models that accurately describe the complexities of fluid mechanics. These models will then be used in part for designing better aircraft and more efficient energy systems.

Steve Brunton has received other awards, including an Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Young Investigator award alongside two College of Engineering awards – one in 2018 and one in 2017. He is also part of a recently awarded MURI grant from AFOSR.

In this years’ PECASE awards, the University of Washington has six faculty members who were honored.



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