Moroccan Scientist receives White House's ' Early Career Award '

The Moroccan-American NASA scientist Dr. Othmane Benafan is chosen to be a ' ' 2017 Presidential Early Career Award for scientists and engineers (PECASE).

The award, given to 102 this year researchers, is the "highest honor bestowed by the U.S. Government to extraordinary scientists and engineers at the beginning of their independent career," according to the National Science Foundation.

Benafan, originally from a Fez, currently works as a ' materials research engineer at the Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

Benafan in 2015 was awarded the ' Glenn Research Center Agency Honor Award ' for his contributions to aviation and mechanics research, reports Moroccoworldnews.

Benafan is in 2001 graduated from the Technical College in Moulay Youssef Tanger before he left for the United States, where he received a bachelor's, master's, and PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Florida.

Benafan is one of the few Moroccans who have worked at NASA, besides K Oudrhini from Fez and Asmaa Raj from Casablanca.

Photo image: during the presentation of the Glenn Research Center Agency Honor Award in 2015.

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