Randy Bartels, ECE assistant professor, has added two more outstanding achievements to his already impressive track record. Last month, he was named the recipient of the 2007 Young Investigator Award for pioneering contributions to ultrafast molecular photonics and photonic reagent control of quantum systems on an unprecedented time-scale. The award is sponsored jointly by the IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society and the General Photonics Corporation.
In July, Bartels reached a significant career milestone, receiving a Presidential Early Career (PECASE) Award, the U.S. government's highest honor for outstanding up-and-coming scientists and engineers. Bartels was one of 56 scientists from around the country who received the award in a ceremony at the White House that included President George W. Bush. Bartels, who heads Colorado State's Laboratory for Ultrafast and Nonlinear Optics, was the only recipient from a Colorado university and one of two scientists nominated by the U.S. Department of Defense, courtesy of the Office of Naval Research.
The recent awards are among a growing list of accomplishments for Bartels, firmly establishing him as a rising star in his field. Already in his young career, Bartels has received the Sloan Research Fellowship in physics, the Beckman Young Investigator Award in chemistry, the Gold Medal Human-Competitive award for advancing evolutionary computation, and the Optical Society of America's Adolph Lomb Medal for his contributions to optics. In addition, Colorado State announced Bartels as one of two recipients of the 2006 Monfort Professor Award, one of the University's top honors.
"Professor Bartels exemplifies the kind of intellectual enterprise occurring at Colorado State that is critical to the economic prosperity of Colorado, the nation, and the world," said Larry Edward Penley, president of Colorado State. "His multi-disciplinary approach - into physics, chemistry, optics, and engineering - will help find solutions to the great challenges facing society."