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2013 Recipients

Congratulations to the 2013 Award Recipients

2013 Outstanding Young Scientists

Claire E. Cramer, Ph.D.
Physical Measurement Laboratory
National Institute of Standards and Technology


Dr. Cramer has made important lasting contributions to the establishment of an accurate and continuous climate data record, resilient to the impact of satellite data gaps, by helping scientists fix their measurements to the optical radiation from the Moon.  Cramer’s measurements will enable the Moon to serve as an absolute reference standard in perpetuity for the calibration of advanced astronomical and satellite measurements.  The measurements will also allow a retrospective recalibration of satellite climate data records.

Claire is also advancing the highly accurate astronomical measurements of red-shifted radiation emitted by supernovae for cosmological research, developing novel laser-based methods to improve the calibration and characterization of astronomical optical instruments and deploying these methods at large observatories.

Jason S. Kalirai, Ph.D.
JWST Project Scientist
Space Telescope Science institute
Johns Hopkins University


Dr. Kalirai studies stellar populations in the nearby universe, with an emphasis on white dwarf stars.  His research on these stellar remnants has yielded important insights into the ages of stars in the Milky Way, and he is recognized internationally for this work.

Jason is an excellent communicator and passionate about public outreach, both in Maryland and further afield.  These efforts increase the scientific interest of students and keep the public aware of the scientific advances that are achieved through the funding of academic research.

Jason utilizes the most powerful telescopes available, including the Hubble Space Telescope and the W.M. Keck Observatory, incorporating state-of-the-art imaging and spectroscopy.  Jason’s particular focus on white dwarfs – the stellar remnants at the end of the life cycle in stars like our own Sun – tell us much about the life cycle of a star during the billions of years between its birth and death, and thus about the future of the Sun, which is currently in an early stage of stellar evolution.

2013 Outstanding Young Engineers

Frank W. DelRio, Ph.D.
Materials Measurement Science Division
National Institute of Standards and Technology


Dr. Del Rio has preformed superlative research on the formation of nano- and micro-scale molecular and crystalline thin films, and characterization of their elastic, plastic, fracture, interfacial and charge transport properties as a means to elucidate complex processing-structure-properties relationships for technological and biomedical applications.

Frank significantly advanced both measurement science and technology and materials science and engineering through innovations in scanning probe measurement techniques and mechanical and electrical analyses.  His technical skills, multidisciplinary approach to research and his clear leadership qualities indicate that he will be a strong and innovative leader in his field.

Christopher M. Jewell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Fischell Department of Bioengineering
University of Maryland, College Park


Dr. Jewell has already made a big impact on the biomaterials field, publishing 27 papers and patents.  His work provides the ability to better control and target macromolecular cargos in ways that could be harnessed in drug delivery, immunology, disease and tissue engineering.

While existing treatments for multiple sclerosis and type I diabetes have improved patient quality of life, they fail to arrest disease and the non-specific nature of these drugs can leave patients immuno-compromised.  Chris’ lab is designing new therapeutic platforms to co-deliver self-molecules associated with disease in multiple sclerosis, along with regulatory signals that promote tolerance without suppressing the rest of the immune system.

His research promises to develop new vaccine and immunotherapy technologies that have a significant impact on public health.