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Faculty Member Greg Pitz Receives Presidential Award

January 9, 2014 -- Greg Pitz, Ph.D., research scientist at the Air Force Research Laboratory in Albuquerque and part-time faculty member at Central New Mexico Community College, has been named a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. It is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their careers.
Faculty Member Greg Pitz Receives Presidential Award

Greg Pitz, Ph.D.

A total of 102 researchers from around the country will be presented the award later this year at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Pitz’s specialties are laser physics, spectroscopy and chemical kinetics. At CNM, he teaches physics and astronomy.

Pitz obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics from Wright State University and his Ph.D. in applied physics from the Air Force Institute of Technology.

President Obama said of the awards, “The impressive achievements of these early-stage scientists and engineers are promising indicators of even greater successes ahead. We are grateful for their commitment to generating the scientific and technical advancements that will ensure America’s global leadership for many years to come.”

The awards, established by President Clinton in 1996, are coordinated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of the President. 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.