AU Aerospace Engineering Professor Roy Receives Award at White House Ceremony

Published: Jul 27, 2006 8:14:00 AM
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AUBURN - In a ceremony at the White House today, Christopher Roy, assistant professor in aerospace engineering at Auburn University, was honored with a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) for his work on verification and validation in computational science and engineering.

Chris Roy and Group
From left to right: Samuel Bodman, U.S. Secretary of Energy; Chris Roy; Thomas P. D'Agostino, Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs, DOE National Nuclear Security Administration; and Raymond L. Orbach, DOE Under Secretary for Science
Roy is one of seven researchers recognized by the Department of Energy, and one of 56 researchers who received this year's presidential award. He was nominated for the award by the National Nuclear Security Administration's Sandia National Laboratories in recognition of his work in support of the administration's national security mission.

"It's an amazing honor to receive a PECASE," says Roy. "It's a privilege to have my work acknowledged in this manner, and I look forward to continuing my research and furthering engineering education."

Chris Roy receives handshake
Roy and Bodman
Roy earned the award for his work on the development of verification (mathematical accuracy) and validation (physical accuracy) methods for increasing confidence in computational science and engineering simulations, work on unsteady hybrid turbulence models for fluid dynamics simulations, and for providing high quality educational opportunities for the next generation of American scientists and engineers.

"The usual process for designing an engineering system is to build it, test it, fix it and repeat," Roy says. "My goal is to help designers move from a test-based approach to a more simulation-oriented process."

The PECASE, established in 1996, honors the most promising researchers in the nation within their fields. Nine federal departments and agencies annually nominate scientists and engineers whose work shows exceptional promise for leadership at the frontiers of scientific knowledge.

The presidential award is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers in the beginning of their independent careers. Each presidential award winner received a citation, a plaque, and a five-year commitment for continued funding of their work.

Biographical information on the winners and their award citations are available at

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