Nelson N. Hsu, a general engineer at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, today received the institute’s Applied Research Award for a career-long record of research contributions leading to improvements in scientific and industrial applications of ultrasound.
Hsu, a resident of GERMANTOWN, Md., was recognized for his "seminal leadership in analytical and experimental research of ultrasound and its application to the evaluation of materials and structures."
Hsu has devoted much of his career to advancing fundamental understanding of ultrasonic wave propagation in materials and structures. His accomplishments have contributed significantly to improvements in measurement science.
Hsu’s work has extended from predictive modeling to experimental verification to implementation of the resulting technology. His analytic work describing pulsed-wave motion is used in major laboratories worldwide, while his experimental work developing a standard acoustic source is codified in the United States and abroad. Through extensive collaborative efforts, Hsu has made his work available to both the scientific and user communities, heavily influencing the standard engineering practice of ultrasonic measurement in industry.
The Applied Research Award was established in 1975 to recognize superior achievement in the practical application of the results of scientific or engineering research.
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