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Germantown Resident Named Outstanding Young Engineer

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.