Jakes Honored with Early Career Scientist Award

FPL researcher Joseph Jakes has been selected to receive the 2011 Forest Service Research and Development Deputy Chief’s Early Career Scientist Award.

This award recognizes scientists who are at the beginning of their research careers and have demonstrated, through personal accomplishments, outstanding capability and exceptional promise for significant future achievement.

Jakes is a research materials engineer in FPL’s Performance Enhanced Biopolymers research unit. His research focuses on the use of nanoindentation to determine the structure–property relations of wood and wood-based materials at the sub-micrometer level. Jakes was selected for this award based on his research productivity, the impact of his work, and his efforts in science delivery.

As a recipient of the early career scientist award, Jakes is automatically nominated for the 2012 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers competition, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. These awards, established by President Clinton in 1996, are coordinated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of the President. Winning scientists and engineers receive a research grant for up to 5 years to further their study in support of critical government missions.