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Awesome! Nigerian Academic Set To Receive Top Award From Barack Obama

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– U.S. President Barack Obama has decided to bestow a top science award on a Nigerian academic.

 Prof. Deji Akinwande is one of the world’s foremost minds on flexible electricity.

– He will receive his PECASE award from President Obama later this spring.

Prof. Deji Akinwande has been selected to receive a 2016 Presidential Early Career
Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from President Barrack Obama, the United States government’s highest honor for scientists and engineers engaged in the early stages of research.

Prof. Akinwande is an associate professor in electrical and computer engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, a well-regarded public research institute.

He is among 106 recipients announced by the White House last Thursday.

Top academic Prof. Deji Akinwande is a world leader in his field

The winners, who will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. this spring, were selected for carrying out research that is both innovative and beneficial to wider society.

Prof. Akinwande is also one of two PECASE recipients working at The University of Texas at Austin.

“These early-career scientists are leading the way in efforts to confront and understand challenges from climate change to our health and wellness,” President Obama said.


“We congratulate these accomplished individuals and encourage them to continue to serve as an example of the incredible promise and ingenuity of the American people.”

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President Obama addressing previous PECASE winners in 2011

Prof. Akinwande is considered to be one of the top researchers in the world on graphene, silicon electronics and 2-D nanomaterials for use in flexible electronics.

He received his Ph.D in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 2009, after graduation with a masters degree in electrical engineering and applied physics from Cape Western Reserve University.

In 2015, Akinwande created the first transistor out of silicone, the world’s thinnest silicon material, and he is continuing to advance the capabilities of computer chips and other electronics.


Prof. Akinwande has been the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Inaugural IEEE NANO Geim and Novoselov Graphene Prize an IEEE Early Career Award in Nanotechnology, a National Science Foundation Career Award, an Army Research Office Young Investigator award, and a Young Investigator award from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.

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