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Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers

Ian Coddington

Award Winner: Ian Coddington


The Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) represent the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.  The recipients are employed or funded by the following departments and agencies: Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of the Interior, Department of Veteran Affairs, Environmental Protection Agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the National Science Foundation, which join together annually to nominate the most meritorious scientists and engineers whose early accomplishments show the greatest promise for assuring America's preeminence in science and engineering and contributing to the awarding agencies' missions. The awards, established by President Clinton in 1996, are coordinated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of the President. Awardees are selected for their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, or community outreach.


Dr. Ian Coddington is recognized for pioneering rapid, precision metrology tools based on robust, low-cost fiber frequency comb sources that have positioned him at the forefront of remote sensing and spectroscopy research and for contributions to early child development and science enrichment programs in his community. Dr. Coddington's internationally-acclaimed research has dramatically broadened the impact of frequency combs to cover critical sensing problems of national importance, such as precise and accurate spectroscopy of airborne chemicals and absolute distance measurements over kilometers with nanometer precision.

In his brief career, Dr. Coddington has authored 50 refereed papers that have been cited over 1000 times by other research groups. These publications describe diverse accomplishments in spectroscopy, laser measurements, remote sensing, and Bose-Einstein condensate dynamics. Especially noteworthy are his articles on Bose-Einstein condensate dynamics; precision dual comb spectroscopy; rapid precision light detection and ranging (LIDAR); and coherent optical links. Even three years after its demonstration, Dr. Coddington's dual-comb spectrometer exceeds the resolution, accuracy and spectral span of other comb-based systems, often by orders of magnitude. The combination of high scan rates, precision and accuracy of his LIDAR system remains unmatched by any other comb technique. This ability to perform accurate metrology on rapidly tuned lasers opens up new areas of remote sensing through the use of arbitrary cw optical waveforms.


Award Date: July 23, 2012

Campus: Boulder

Awarding Organization: The White House

Awarding Organization Contact Name: Rick Weiss

Organization Phone: 202-456-6037