Former UCL PhD student gains top US Science Award
Dr Paul Torrens receives coveted PECASE award from President Bush
In December, Paul Torrens, who completed his PhD at UCL in 2003, received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), one of 20 nominated by the National Science
Foundation. Paul, who is now an Associate Professor in the School of Geographical Sciences at Arizona State University, gained the Award in recognition of his pioneering work in the emerging field of
geosimulation, including innovative, 3-D computational modelling of crowd behaviour.
PECASE is the highest honour bestowed by the US government on outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers. It originated when President Clinton commissioned the
National Science and Technology Council to create such an award in 1996, and is intended to reflect the high priority the US government places on maintaining leadership in science.