The National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) was commissioned by President Clinton in 1996 to create an award program that would honor and support the extraordinary achievements of the finest scientists and engineers who, while early in their research careers, show exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of scientific knowledge during the twenty-first century. The Presidential Award is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers. The White House, following recommendations from participating agencies, confers the awards annually.
|Heather D. Whitley||2012||For work using path-integral Monte Carlo techniques to produce accurate quantum statistical potentials for use in molecular dynamic codes, for applying these methods to first-principles understanding of thermal conductivity in ignition capsules for the NIF, and for service to the Laboratory Postdoctoral Association.|
|Mark C. Herrmann||2001||For research in optimizing inertial confinement fusion capsule design.|