The David and Lucile Packard Foundation has announced the recipients of the 2013 Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering.
Selected by a panel of twelve nationally recognized scientists and engineers, the sixteen fellows will each receive an unrestricted grant of $875,000 over five years to pursue cutting-edge research. Established in 1988, the program provides support to young scientists early in their careers to enable them to take risks and explore frontiers in their respective fields of study. Fellows must be faculty members within the three years of the start of their careers who are eligible to serve as principal investigators engaged in research in the natural and physical sciences or engineering.
This year's Packard Fellows are Emily Balskus (Harvard University), Mark Braverman (Princeton University), Charlie Conroy (University of California, Santa Cruz), Felix Fischer (University of California, Berkeley), Jacob Fox (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Elad Harel (Northwestern University), Liang Jiang (Yale University), Samuel Lai (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), Yunsun Nam (University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center), Vasilii Petrenko (University of Rochester), June Round (University of Utah), Ozgur Sahin (Columbia University), David Schuster (University of Chicago), Mamta Tahiliani (New York University), Zheng Wang (University of Texas, Austin), and Zhiwei Yun (Stanford University).
"The Packard Foundation believes deeply in the power of science and engineering research and is delighted to support these creative, young scientists," said Lynn Orr, Keleen and Carlton Beal Professor at Stanford University, and chair of the Packard Fellowships Advisory Panel. "Their independent, exploratory research will generate new knowledge, spark fresh thinking, and produce ideas that can improve the human condition."