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Faculty Honors and Awards


The NSF Faculty Early Career Development program supports junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.

Microscopy Society of America »

The Microscopy Society of America (MSA) is dedicated to fostering research, innovation, advancement, and promotion of microscopy. The MSA Fellow designation recognizes senior distinguished members of the Society who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the field of microscopy and microanalysis through a combination of scientific achievement and service to the scientific community.


Fulbright Scholars »

The Core Fulbright Scholar Program offers nearly 500 teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards to U.S. faculty and experienced professionals in over 125 countries.


Thomson Reuters' World's Most Influential Scientific Minds

The Highly Cited Researchers list represents some of the world’s most influential minds as determined by a citation analysis of Web of Science data. Read about UW MSE faculty named to the list in UW Today.


Washington State Academy of Science »

The Washington State Academy of Sciences provides expert scientific and engineering analysis. Members are nominated and elected by their peers, either directly into the WSAS or by virtue of election to the National Academies.


American Society of Mechanical Engineers »

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (AMSE) Fellow designation recognizes outstanding engineering achievements. ASME members can be nominated by ASME members and fellows


Materials Research Society »

The Materials Research Society (MRS) Fellow designation recognizes sustained and distinguished contributions to the advancement of materials research for internationally recognized members.


  • Alex K-Y. Jen, 2012

Presidential Early Career Award (PECASE)  »

The Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. Recipients are selected for their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and for their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, or community outreach.