Jun Jiao to Accept the 2004 Presidential Early Career Award

June 13 2005

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(Portland, Ore.) June 13, 2005 - Jun Jiao, associate professor of Physics and of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Portland State University, will be honored later today by President George W. Bush with the 2004 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

The presentation will be made by John H. Marburger, III, science adviser to the president and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, which administers the awards. The ceremony is being held at the Department of the Treasury, located at 1500 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. at 4 p.m. EST, with a reception to follow.

Jun Jiao, who also directs Portland State University’s Center for Electron Analysis and Nanofabrication, is one of only 58 researchers nationally this year to receive the award - the nation’s highest honor for professionals at the outset of their research careers whose work shows exceptional promise for leadership at the frontiers of scientific knowledge. Established in 1996, the awards recognize scientists and engineers nominated by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, National Institute of Health, Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

“This award is well deserved,” said U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). “Dr. Jiao is one of the great minds of nanotechnology research and development, and she will help lead this country into the future of that field. Her testimony and expertise were invaluable as I worked to pass legislation to fund America’s nanotechnology efforts. My home state of Oregon is particularly fortunate to count her among our rising scientific stars.”

“Today I congratulate and praise Professor Jiao of Portland State University for all she has accomplished in her research and as a professor,” said U.S. Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.). “In just five years, she has established strong research collaborations with Oregon high-tech companies and universities in nanoscience and nanotechnology, the science that will shape the 21st century. Her contributions have not only influenced the use of nanoscience in numerous commercial applications, but as a professor she is able to bring her research to science students of all levels. The impact of the bridge she has created between industry and education is enormous.”

Jiao was nominated by the National Science Foundation (NSF), which in 2003 selected her for a five- year, $400,000 NSF CAREER Award for her proposal, “A Novel Approach for Controlled Fabrication of Micro-Gated Carbon Nanotube Field Emitter Arrays and Their Electrical Property Characterizations,” which examines new techniques in fabricating carbon nanotubes that can be produced more accurately and on larger scales. The NSF’s CAREER Award is its most prestigious for new faculty members and is designed to recognize and support the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who are most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century. The grant supports the faculty member’s research projects and stimulates the discovery process, teaching and learning.

Since joining PSU in 1999, Jiao has successfully initiated several major research activities that have provided a strong foundation for her own research as well as for research and education at Portland State University. Her devotion to undergraduate research and education includes advising more than 40 undergraduate students on NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) projects during summers at Portland State University; and, involving high school students in cutting-edge nanoscience research - earning her recognition as the Outstanding Mentor of 2003-2004 by Siemens Westinghouse Competition of Math, Science, and Technology).

Through her research, Jun Jiao has collaborated with local high-tech companies such as Intel, FEI, LSI Logic, Sharp Labs of America and local research institutions including Oregon State University, Oregon Graduate Institute (now part of Oregon Health & Science University), Washington State University and the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI), a research consortium between PSU, OSU, University of Oregon, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and others. Since coming to PSU, she has allocated nearly $5 million in funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Petroleum Research Foundation, the Murdock Foundation, and various corporate partners for the establishment of an integrated research, education and outreach program in nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Jiao’s current research is focused on the development of nanofabrication techniques for the property - controlled growth of carbon nanotubes and semiconductor nanowires, and the investigation of nanotubes and nanowires as building blocks for nanoelectronic devices and as the new generation of electron field emitters. The results of her nanomaterials research are documented in more than 70 publications in refereed journals and in a pending patent.

Jiao has been invited to national and international conferences and various workshops to give keynote talks and serves as a frequent panelist for the NSF’s nanoscience and nanotechnology programs. In May 2003, she was invited by the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation to testify in front of the full Committee in Washington, D.C., on “The 21 st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act,” sponsored by Sen. Ron Wyden. Jiao holds a master’s in Physics and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Arizona.

Members of the media interested in speaking with Jun Jiao should contact Debbie Murdock, who will be accompanying her to the White House event on Monday (503-880-8109). Members of the media may also contact David Santen (503-725-8789) for contact information or for a digital photo of Jun Jiao.

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