Carnegie Mellon University
July 08, 2019

Po-Shen Loh Honored with Presidential Early Career Award

By Heidi Opdyke

Jocelyn Duffy
  • Associate Dean for Communications, MCS
  • 412-268-9982

Mathematical Sciences' Po-Shen Loh has received the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). 

The PECASE is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers and who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology.

Loh is an associate professor of mathematical sciences and a global ambassador for mathematics. He travels the world giving talks to diverse audiences, from fellow mathematicians to high school students. Loh is head coach of the U.S. International Mathematical Olympiad team, which has won three world mathematics titles in the last four years.

Loh is a mathematician who focuses his research on the intersection of discrete systems, probability and computer science. He recently attended the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of New Champions in Dalian, China, as a member of the Forum's Young Scientists community.

Loh joins Yuejie Chi, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering in CMU’s College of Engineering among the PECASE winners. Her research interests include signal processing, machine learning, large-scale optimization, and their applications in data science, inverse problems, imaging and sensing systems.

Established in 1996, the PECASE acknowledges the contributions scientists and engineers have made to the advancement of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, and to community service as demonstrated by scientific leadership, public education and community outreach. The awards are conferred annually at the White House following recommendations from participating departments and agencies. This year’s recipients will be honored at a July 25 ceremony in Washington, D.C.