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Release: July 12, 2002
UI Engineer Receives Prestigious PECASE
Award At White House
Allan Guymon, newly appointed assistant professor of chemical and biochemical
engineering in the University of Iowa College of Engineering, is among some
60 U.S. researchers receiving Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists
and Engineers (PECASE) in ceremonies scheduled today with President Bush at
the White House.
Guymon, who joined the UI faculty in summer 2002, is one of 20 researchers
honored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), with the other 40 having
been nominated by one of eight various government agencies. The 20 NSF awardees
were selected from among the estimated 350 winners of 2001 CAREER Awards.
Each year the NSF, whose mission is to foster fundamental research and education
in the sciences and engineering, selects PECASE nominees from among the most
meritorious new NSF CAREER awardees. The PECASE program recognizes outstanding
scientists and engineers who, early in their careers, show exceptional potential
for leadership at the frontiers of knowledge. The Presidential Award is the
highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on scientists and engineers
beginning their independent careers.
As a 2001 CAREER Award winner, Guymon received a $375,000, five-year NSF
grant to study photopolymerization kinetics as a probe to predict and control
the structure of lyotropic liquid crystalline systems, a field of interest
to the polymer industry. In addition, Guymon developed a teaching unit on
polymer science for high schools and colleges in an effort to attract the
best and brightest students to polymer science and engineering.
"The College of Engineering is delighted to be able to attract the academic
and research talent of someone like Professor Guymon," said P. Barry
Butler, dean. "His achievements so early in his career, along with his
tremendous potential, are just what the University of Iowa and the state of
Iowa need at this time. We are enthused about Professor Guymons commitment
to help make the UI College of Engineering even more nationally recognized
in the field of polymer research."
Guymon came to the UI from the University of Southern Mississippi where
he served as assistant professor in the department of polymer science from
January 1998 to summer 2002. He earned his doctorate in chemical engineering
from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1997.