CSU professor Amy Prieto honored by White House

4Amy-Prieto by John Eisele/CSU Photography.
CSU chemistry professor Amy Prieto by John Eisele

According to a press release, CSU chemistry professor Amy Prieto was honored with a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers for her work developing new battery technology that could revolutionize electronic vehicles.

Prieto was nominated for the award by the National Science Foundation and will be one of 96 scientists to receive it during a White House ceremony at the end of July.

“Dr. Prieto and her team embody the spirit of enterprise and complex problem-solving at Colorado State University, with research focused on devising solutions on a global scale,” said President Tony Frank in a press release. “It’s particularly notable that her students have been a key piece to her discoveries, learning from one of today’s leading scholars while also gaining remarkable experience in research and creating spinoffs in renewable technologies.”

Prieto co-founded Prieto Battery Inc. in 2009 along with Cenergy, the commercialization arm of the university’s Clean Energy Supercluster. The company is dedicated to producing a battery using nano-technology that will be 1,000 times more powerful than a traditional battery and last 10 times longer.

This will be one of many awards Prieto has won for her scientific discoveries. The Colorado Cleantech Industry Association described her and three other CSU researchers as “Research Rockstars.” Prieto was also named the 2011 American Chemical Society ExxonMobil Solid State Chemistry Faculty Fellow, which is an honor given to one scientist each year.

“Discoveries in science and technology not only strengthen our economy, they inspire us as a people,” President Obama said in a White House statement. “The impressive accomplishments of today’s awardees so early in their careers promise even greater advances in the years ahead.”