Binghamton University researcher wins Presidential Early Career Award


BINGHAMTON, NY – Scott Craver, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Binghamton University, State University of New York, has won the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor the federal government gives to scientists and engineers in the early stages of their independent research careers.

“The award is a culmination of research we have previously done in information security,” said Craver.” “Information security is something of a cat and mouse game: You try to detect; I try to evade. The big question is, who will win? The detection of watermarks, and the ability to detect those trying to destroy watermarks, has been a springboard into other facets of information security.”

This is the first time a PECASE award has been conferred on a Binghamton University faculty member. Craver is also one of only two SUNY professors recognized this year.

“This honor places Professor Craver in the company of the best scientists and engineers in the nation,” said Binghamton University President Lois B. DeFleur. “We’re very proud of his achievements.”

The PECASE Awards are conferred annually at the White House following recommendations from participating federal agencies. Winners are selected on the basis of two criteria: Pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology, and a commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education or community outreach.  

“I am delighted to see that Professor Craver has received such a prestigious award,” said Krishnaswami ‘Hari’ Srihari, dean of the Thomas J Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science. “The quality of teaching and level of research of our faculty is outstanding and awards like PECASE recognize the excellent and innovative work being done at Binghamton University.”

Craver said the grant, $200,000 a year for five years, will allow three, possibly four, graduate students to continue to pursue a unified theory of counter-deception. Awards will be made in the fall at the White House.

Last Updated: 9/17/13