Chekesha Liddell, assistant professor of materials science and engineering at Cornell University, and Elliot Moore II, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, were honored at the White House in November as winners of the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering. The PECASE award is the U.S. government’s highest honor for scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers. Liddell and Moore were among 20 young scientists taking part in the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development Program. Liddell focuses on engineering strong light-matter interactions. Moore uses digital speech processing theory and analysis in the classification of human vocal patterns to determine speaker demographics, characteristics and emotional state.