Three Italian Scientist Working in the US receive Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientist and Engineers

In early January 2017,  President Obama awarded 103 scientists and researchers nationwide the U.S. government’s highest honor for professionals. The 2017 PECASE, the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. Among these were three Italians working in the United States. Guglielmo Scovazzi, an Assistant Professor at Duke University, North Carolina; Anna Grassellino, researcher at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, in Batavia, Illinois, near Chicago; and Marco Pavone, an Assistant Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University, California.

President Ombama said “I congratulate these outstanding scientists and engineers on their impactful work,”  – “These innovators are working to help keep the United States on the cutting edge, showing that federal investments in science lead to advancements that expand our knowledge of the world around us and contribute to our economy.”

Guglielmo Scovazzi

Guglielmo Scovazzi
Guglielmo Scovazzi

Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Guglielmo Scovazzi received B.S/M.S. in aerospace engineering (summa cum laude) from Politecnico di Torino (Italy); and M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. Before coming to Duke, he was a Senior Member of the Technical Staff in the Computer Science Research Institute at Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque, NM).

Dr. Scovazzi’s research interests include finite element and advanced numerical methods for computational fluid and solid mechanics. His research emphasizes accurate computational methods aimed at reducing the overall design/analysis costs in multiphase porous media flows, highly transient compressible and incompressible flows, turbulent flows, complex geometry systems in solid mechanics, and fluid/structure interaction problems.


The awards—which Grassellino says are “important recognition of the work, not just mine, but the team here at Fermilab”—come just two years after she received the Department of Energy’s Early Career Research Award, which has provided $2.5 million in research support over a five-year period.


Anna Grassellino

Anna Grassellino’s journey began in the Sicilian city of Marsala, and she fondly recalls the hometown math teachers who recognized and inspired her native talent. For her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, Grassellino went north to study electronic engineering at the University of Pisa, whose alumni include the likes of Galileo and Enrico Fermi.

Anna Grassellino said“I need once more to thank all my colleagues and advisors at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory without whose ideas, contributions, support and dedication this would not have been achieved,” –  “We are an effective team, and this is a recognition of our pioneering work, of our persistence and of our courage to embark in revolutionary investigations. I want to thank my funding agency, the U.S. Department of Energy, for strongly supporting young researchers and new ideas, and my dear husband and family for having always pushed me towards doing great things.”

Marco Pavone

Marco Pavone

Marco Pavone at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Department of Electrical Engineering and in the Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering.

For being only 37, Marco had a successful career as scientist before joining Stanford University in Palo Alto. He was a Research Technologist within the Robotics Section at JPL; received a Ph.D. degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2010; and he is now a Research Affiliate at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technology.



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