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INTENSE DUO - Jeff Weaver (left) and Jonathan Sauder (right) are in the midst of work at the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, Calif. The Roanoke native was recently named one of 18 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) (For the Journal/NASA/JPL/CALTECH/TYVAK).

ROANOKE - Jonathon Sauder did not aspire to be a rocket scientist when he enjoyed his youth as a member of the Happy Hustlers 4-H Club. However, he credits being part of that group and coming from a small-town background in helping him reach some lofty goals.

“I learned much more than I expected growing up in (rural) Roanoke,” Sauder said. “I found the harder I work, the more unexpected things come with it.”

Sauder, the son of Frank and Kathy Sauder, is an engineer and researcher with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and is based in the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, Calif. He was among 18 NASA researches recently named as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) by President Donald Trump. The 18 recipients, and 296 other federal researchers received the awards at a ceremony in Washington D.C.

The award is the highest honor given by the government to scientists and engineers who are beginning their research careers. It recognizes recipients' potential to advance the frontiers of scientific knowledge and their commitment to community service, as demonstrated through professional leadership, education or community outreach.

See article on Sept. 19 Woodford County Journal newsstands

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