Dr. Ronald Polcawich, team lead for Piezoelectric-Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems (PiezoMEMS) Technology in the U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate, was recently selected to receive the 2012 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.This is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.The awards were established by President Clinton in 1996, and 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."I am extremely honored to have been nominated for the PECASE. Receiving notice of the award before Christmas was extremely exciting for me and my family," said Polcawich."I am truly honored to be considered amongst the others selected this year as well as those previously," Polcawich added.Polcawich's research at ARL specifically focuses on areas including materials processing of lead zirconium titanate, or PZT, thin films, MEMS fabrication, piezoelectric MEMS, radio frequency components, MEMS actuator technologies, millimeter-scale robotics, and technology solutions for position, navigation and timing."ARL has provided me with great opportunities to explore innovative ideas, lead a great team of engineers, fabrication technicians and students, forge collaborations with leading researchers both internal and external to ARL, and foster interactions with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity and the Research, Development and Engineering Centers," stated Polcawich.The 102 researchers that received this prestigious honor will be presented with their awards at a Washington, D.C. ceremony in the coming year.