Miami Alumnus Wins Presidential Award

Matt WheelerOn January 9, 2016, Matt Wheeler, who received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees here at Miami, received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). He is one of 102 outstanding STEM professionals to receive the award this year.

Matt Wheeler studied systems analysis and statistics here at Miami graduating in 2000. He went on to get his Ph. D. at the University of North Carolina in biostatistics. Since 2003 he has worked for the CDC as a health statistician.

“These innovators are working to help keep the United States on the cutting edge, showing that Federal investments in science lead to advancements that expand our knowledge of the world around us and contribute to our economy,” President Obama said in a White House press release.

PECASE is an award recognizing exceptional STEM professionals early in their careers, whose research is funded by the federal government. It was started in 1996 by President Bill Clinton, to recognize and support those who help keep the United States as a scientific leader. The White House bestows the award based on recommendations from participating government agencies.

For more information on Matt and what he accomplished during his time at Miami check out this article on the main Miami news site.