WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 19: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks after awarding the National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation in the East Room of the White House, May 19, 2016, in Washington, DC. Established in 1959, the National Medal of Science recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to science and engineering. The National Medal of Technology and Innovation, created in 1980, recognizes those who have made contributions to America's competitiveness, quality of life, and helped strengthen the country's technological workforce. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)