Barack Obama, Jan Vilcek

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Photo - <p>President Barack Obama congratulates Dr. Jan Vilcek, New York University Langone Medical Center, after he awarded him the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. The awards are the highest honors bestowed by the United States Government upon scientists, engineers, and inventors. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)</p>

President Barack Obama congratulates Dr. Jan Vilcek, New York University Langone Medical Center, after he awarded him the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. The awards are the highest honors bestowed by the United States Government upon scientists, engineers, and inventors. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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President Barack Obama congratulates Dr. Jan Vilcek, New York University Langone Medical Center, after he awarded him the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. The awards are the highest honors bestowed by the United States Government upon scientists, engineers, and inventors. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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