Aaron Thomas is more than a nationally recognized chemical engineer and educator; he is a leader in community outreach. An associate professor of chemical engineering at the University, Thomas shares his passion for engineering and science with young students, especially within the American Indian community, encouraging them to pursue futures in engineering.
“I believe that as an educator, my responsibility goes beyond the classroom and labs,” said Thomas, who recently traveled to the White House to accept a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. “This award shows that one of the goals of the scientific community in the United States is not just good research, but your impact on society as a whole, as well.”
The presidential award recognizes Thomas’s innovative research and community service demonstrated through scientific leadership and community outreach.