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NASA Langley Engineer Receives Presidential Award
April 15, 2014

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Patrick Taylor, a NASA Langley research scientist, was one of 102 scientists and engineers — and one of five NASA researchers — who visited Washington, D.C., Monday to receive a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

Taylor, 32, analyzes climate data from an Earth-orbiting instrument called CERES, short for Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System. He's been at NASA Langley for four years.

According to the White House, "awardees are selected for their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, or community outreach."

After receiving their awards in a ceremony at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Taylor and the other honorees visited the White House, where President Obama thanked them for their outstanding achievements. It was the culmination of something that began last December, which is when Taylor first found out he'd made the cut.

"I knew I had been nominated," he said at the time, "but I was really surprised when I was selected."

According to a post on the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy blog, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers is a vote of confidence not only for current achievements, but also for future endeavors:

"With this much progress at this early stage of their careers, we can expect even greater things from these leading lights in the years to come."

Read our Center Snapshot of Taylor here: http://www.nasa.gov/larc/center-snapshot-patrick-taylor/

For more on the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/04/15/inspiring-next-generation-inno...

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President Barack Obama talks with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) recipients in the East Room of the White House, April 14, 2014.
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