THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES RICHARD N. ZARE, SANDRA M. FABER AND JAY PATEL TO SERVE AS MEMBERS OF THE PRESIDENT'S COMMITTEE ON THE NATIONAL MEDAL
President Clinton announced today his intent to appoint Richard N. Zare to serve as Chair and member of the President's Committee on the National Medal of Science. Sandra M. Faber and Jay Patel are also being appointed to serve as members of the National Medal of Science.
Dr. Richard N. Zare of Stanford, California has served as a Professor of Chemistry since 1977 and a Professor of Physics at Stanford University since 1992. Dr. Zare was a recipient of the National Medal of Science in 1983. Form 1986 to 1998, Dr. Zare served as Chairman of the National Science Board. Dr. Zare has received many national and international honors and awards. Dr. Zare received his B.A. in Chemistry and Physics and his Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from Harvard University.
Dr. Sandra M. Faber, of Monte Sereno, California, has served at the University of California Observatories/Lick Observatory in several capacities: from 1979 to the present, as Professor and Astronomer; from 1977 to 1979, as Associate Professor and Associate Astronomer; from 1972 to 1977, as Assistant Professor and Assistant Astronomer. Currently, Dr. Faber is University Professor in the University of California system. Dr. Faber served on the National Academy of Sciences, from 1992 to 1994, as Vice-Chair of the briefing report on Cosmology, and as Member of the Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics. Dr. Faber has received numerous awards for her scientific achievements including: Science Digest 100 Best American Scientists under 40; 1984; Heineman Prize, American Astronomical Society, 1986; and the Antoinette de Vaucouleurs Medal, University of Texas, 1997. Dr. Faber received her B.A. from Swarthmore College and her Ph.D. from Harvard University.
Mr. Jay Patel, of Coral Spring, Florida, served as the Chief Engineer of the Broward County Office of Environmental Services in Pompano Beach, Florida from 1997 to 1999. As Chief Engineer, Mr. Patel was responsible for engineering management of project managers and staff for infrastructure design, and for an annual budget of approximately $200 million for all water and wastewater facilities. From 1993 to 1997, Mr. Patel served as Engineer for the Broward County Department of Natural Resources in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Mr. Patel served as Project Manager of the Broward County Office of Environmental Sciences in Fort Lauderdale, from 1985 to 1993 and from 1980 to 1985, he served as Project Manager for the Broward County Utilities Department in Fort Lauderdale. Mr. Patel was appointed by Governor Lawton Chiles to serve as a member of the Florida Board of Professional Engineers in 1992 and he served on the Presidential Task Force, Americans For Change, in 1993. Mr. Patel received his B.S. from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, an M.S. from the School for Advanced Study in Structural Engineering in India, an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Florida State University, and a law degree (LLB) from Gujarat University.
The National Medal of Science was created by statute in 1959 (42 U.S.C. 1880) to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to science and engineering. Up to twenty individuals may be honored in any one calendar year. Medal of Science recipients are selected by the President's Committee on the National Medal of Science.