| Michael Garvin|
Michael Garvin, assistant professor of civil and mechanical engineering, has received the nation's highest governmental honor for outstanding scientists and engineers at the outset of their careers.
Garvin was one of 58 recipients of the 2004 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The awards were announced at a Washington, D.C., ceremony on June 14 presided over by John H. Marburger III, science advisor to the President and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Garvin's research is in infrastructure asset management, which he describes as "a formal approach to managing real assets." Garvin says: "It's a relatively new field and fo cuses on improving how we manage our existing assets, particularly water and wastewater systems. The idea is to enhance asset management methods through research aimed at producing tested decision support systems and education to train a new generation of infrastructure managers."
"I am extremely honored to receive this recognition," Garvin continues. "My department, students and family have given me invaluable support over the past several years, and I could not have achieved this without them."
Zvi Galil, dean of the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, describes Garvin's achievement as aptly illustrative of the myriad and multi-dimensional research endeavors occurring at the School. "Garvin's unique field of study, his distinctive skills and insights will significantly enhance, enable, and fashion how a new generation of asset management analysis is performed."
Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers recognize and nurture some of the finest scientists and engineers who show exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of scientific knowledge. Winners receive up to five years of funding.