A Germantown resident is among the four scientists and engineers to be honored by the Maryland Academy of Sciences and the Maryland Science Center as recipients of the 2019 Outstanding Young Scientist and Outstanding Young Engineer awards. The recipients will be honored at a ceremony at the Maryland Science Center on Wednesday, May 8.
The OYS and OYE awards recognize young Maryland residents who have distinguished themselves with accomplishments in science and engineering. The nominations are open to scientists and engineers 35 years old or younger working in academia and 40 or younger working in other sectors.
Dr. Jason Hattrick-Simpers, of Germantown, is a Materials Research Engineer at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg. He has been pioneering materials science research is aimed at the optimization of properties and processing of novel materials through the integration of machine-learning, artificial intelligence and high-throughput experiment methodologies.
Several critical technologies are currently materials-limited, awaiting novel materials solutions for advancement. Hattrick-Simpers is a researcher at the vanguard of the emerging Materials Genome Initiative paradigm which will enable a sea-change in the way materials research development and manufacturing will be carried out.
He has been awarded three patents and has delivered about 40 invited talks and seminars. He is the Associate Editor of ACS Combinatorial Science.
Other honoree are; Dr. Muyinatu Bell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, who is new research directions in photoacoustic imaging, ultrasound imaging and image-guided surgery. Her research in photoacoustic-guided surgery has significant potential to introduce new technology that will reduce the risk of death during surgery.
Also honored is, Dr. Yiefo Mo is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park, on of a new breed of theoretical scientists who wield the tools of quantum mechanics and the first principles calculations to tackle everyday problems such as how long batteries can last in laptops and how to extract more electricity from solar cells.
Another NIST employee who will be honored is Dr. Samantha Maragh leads the Genome Editing Program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Dr. Maragh recognized the need for, established and is now leading the National Institute of Standards and Technology Genome Editing Consortium. In this highly competitive field, each company and institute was attempting to address daunting measurement challenges independently but did not have the resources or ability to do so.
By establishing the Genome Editing Consortium, Dr. Maragh has brought together competing entities in the public, private and academic arenas to address measurement challenges that are insurmountable by any one institute alone.
Dr. Maragh was one of only 25 U.S. experts invited by the Director of the National Institutes of Health to discuss if NIH should develop a program to support accelerating genome editing therapies into the clinic. NIH has since moved forward with the $190 million NIH Somatic Cell Genome Editing program that is collaborating with the NIST Genome Editing Consortium led by Dr. Maragh.
The OYS award was established in 1959 with the OYE award inaugurated in 1988. Award recipients are chosen by members of the Maryland Academy of Sciences’ Scientific Advisory Council.
“These awards are an annual reminder that Maryland is home to amazing young scientific and engineering talent, as well as the notable institutions that host and empower them,” said Mark J. Potter, President and CEO of the Maryland Science Center. “The 2019 OYE/OYS honorees are an inspiration to the next generation of STEM pioneers, as well as anyone who seeks to make the world a better place through hard work, determination and collaboration.”
“Our 2019 OYE and OYS recipients are making great strides in technologies that will improve the health of people and the health of our planet,” said Dr. Stephen Schenkel, Chair of the Maryland Academy of Sciences’ Scientific Council. “It’s our responsibility to make sure Maryland remains a welcoming place for young STEM leaders to thrive.”
Caption: Dr. Jason Hattrick-Simpers, of Germantown, is a Materials Research Engineer at the National Institute of Standards and Technology will be honored by the Maryland Academy of Sciences and the Maryland Science Center as a 2019 Outstanding Young Engineer.
Photo courtesy Maryland Science Center.