In ceremonies held on Dec. 5, 2003, at the U.S. Department of Commerce (DoC), Commerce Secretary Don Evans presented 47 local area staff members of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) with Gold and Silver Medal Awards—the two highest honor awards presented by the department. On Dec. 3, 2003, NIST Director Arden Bement and Acting Deputy Director Hratch Semerjian honored 59 other area employees with the Departmental Bronze Medal and other NIST awards.
The Gold Medal is bestowed for "distinguished performance characterized by extraordinary, notable or prestigious contributions that impact the mission of the Department of Commerce and/or one operating unit and which reflect favorably on the Department." Awards are given in the following categories: leadership, personal and professional excellence, scientific/engineering achievement, employee development, customer service, administrative/technical support, or public service or heroism.
The Silver Medal Award is the second highest honor awarded by the Department of Commerce. It is bestowed for "exceptional performance characterized by noteworthy or superlative contributions that have a direct and lasting impact within the Department." Awards are given in the following categories: leadership, personal and professional excellence, scientific/engineering achievement, employee development, customer service, administrative/technical support, and public service or heroism. The award was initiated in 1949.
On Dec. 3, 2003, 33 local residents of NIST were honored with the Bronze Medal Award, the highest honorary recognition given by the Institute. The award, initiated in 1966, is given for significant performance characterized by outstanding or significant contributions that have increased the efficiency and effectiveness of NIST. Receiving the award were:
Eugene Casson Crittenden Award
The Crittenden Award, established in 1967, recognizes superior achievement by permanent employees who perform supporting services that have a significant impact on technical programs beyond their own offices. The award this year was presented to the following local staff: Nellie K. Barnes, Custodial Worker, Office of the Director of Administration/Chief Financial Officer; Sue Haga, Library Technician, Technology Services; Joszef Kocsis, Custodial Worker, Office of the Director of Administration/Chief Financial Officer; Kathryn L. Ritchie, Gardener Supervisor, Office of the Director of Administration/Chief Financial Officer; and Donna J. Kimball, Secretary, Chemical Science and Technology Laboratory.
Edward Bennett Rosa Award
The Rosa Award, established in 1964, is granted for outstanding achievement in or contributions to the development of meaningful and significant engineering, scientific, or documentary standards either within NIST or in cooperation with other government agencies or private groups. The award went to David L. Duewer, Research Chemist, Chemical Science and Technology Laboratory.
George A. Uriano Award
The Uriano Award, first presented in 1996, is granted for outstanding achievements by NIST staff in building or strengthening NIST extramural programs, with emphasis on fostering U.S. competitiveness and business excellence. Receiving the award were Ronald J. Ambrosi, General Business Specialist; Sandra M. Byrne, Social Scientist; Jacqueline K. DesChamps, General Business Specialist; Robert G. Goehrig, General Business Specialist; Patricia L. Hilton, General Business Specialist; Melissa L. Pollack, General Business Specialist; Jane Poulter, Social Scientist; Deborah W. Smyth, Administrative Specialist, all from the Baldrige National Quality Program.
Jacob Rabinow Applied Research Award
The Jacob Rabinow Applied Research Award, first presented in 1975, is granted for outstanding achievements in the practical application of the results of scientific engineering research. Receiving the award this year was Xiao Tang, Supervisory Physical Scientist, Information Technology Laboratory.
Judson C. French Award
The French award, first presented in 2000, is granted for significant improvement in products delivered directly to industry, including new or improved NIST calibration services, Standard Reference Materials, and Standard Reference Databases. The award was presented to two groups: Randolph E. Elmquist, Physicist; and Dean G. Jarrett, Electronics Engineer, both of the Electronics and Electrical Engineering Laboratory; and also to Robert R. Greenberg, Supervisory Research Chemist; Richard M. Lindstrom, Research Chemist; and David S. Simons, Physicist, also of the Chemical Science and Technology Laboratory.
William P. Slichter Award
The Slichter Award, first presented in 1992, is granted for outstanding achievements by NIST staff in building or strengthening ties between NIST and industry. The award was presented to Kang Lee, Supervisory Electronic Engineer; and Richard D. Schneeman (former employee), Computer Scientist, Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory.
Equal Employment Opportunity/Diversity Award
The Equal Employment Opportunity/Diversity Award, first presented in 1977, is granted for exceptionally significant accomplishments and contributions to equal employment opportunity/diversity goals. The 2003 award went to Robert Shull, Supervisory Metallurgist; and Terrell A. Vanderah, Research Chemist, both of the Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory.
This award, first presented in 1979, is granted to any deserving employee within the Institute, in either a supervisory or a non-supervisory position, for unusually significant contributions to NIST Occupational Safety and Health Program activities. Receiving the award were Franklin R. Guenther, Supervisory Research Chemist; and Gerald D. Mitchell, Research Chemist, both of the Chemical Science and Technology Laboratory.
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