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Release: July 12, 2002

UI Engineer Receives Prestigious PECASE Award At White House

C. 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 Guymon’s 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.