Ninety-six employees of the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards (NIST) were honored with the Departmental Bronze Medal and other NIST awards in ceremonies held Dec. 1, 2004. NIST Acting Director Hratch Semerjian and Acting Deputy Director Richard Kayser presented the awards, assisted by other Institute officials. Sixty-three staff members received 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:
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 staff members: Bernard Brusko, Planner Estimator; Andrew Halich, Planner Estimator/Electrical; Ernest Matthews, Jr., Custodial Worker; Mark Miller, Supervisory Firefighter; Kenneth Seward, Sheet Metal Mechanic; Dean Smith, Electronic Technician; Nancy Snyder, Engineering Draftsman; and Leon Urbain, Utility Systems Repair Operator, all of the Office of the Director.
The Allen V. Astin Measurement Science Award, first presented in 1984, is granted for outstanding achievement in the advancement of measurement science or in the delivery of measurement services. The award this year went to the following group: Timothy Burns, Mathematician, Information Technology Laboratory; Brian Dutterer (former employee), Instrument Maker, Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory; Richard Fields (retired), Metallurgist, Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory; Michael Kennedy, Engineering Technician, Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory; Lyle Levine, Physicist, Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory; Richard Rhorer, Research Engineer, Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory; Eric Whitenton, Engineering Technician, Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory; and Howard Yoon, Physicist, Physics Laboratory.
The Condon Award recognizes distinguished achievements in written exposition in science and technology. The award was initiated in 1974. This year's award was presented to Ronald Munro, Supervisory Physicist, Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory.
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 went to Paul Williams, Physicist, Electronics and Electrical Engineering Laboratory; Eric Stanfield, Physical Science Technician, Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory; and Peter Linstrom, Chemical Engineer, and W. Gary Mallard, Supervisory Research Chemist, both of the Chemical Science and Technology Laboratory.
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 a team consisting of Paul Brand, Materials Research Engineer; Richard Fields (retired), Metallurgist; and Henry Prask (retired), Physicist, all from the Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory.
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 Douglas Blackburn, Guest Researcher; Steven Choquette, Research Chemist; Edgar Etz, Research Chemist; and Wilbur Hurst, Physicist, all from the Chemical Science and Technology Laboratory.
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 Jonathan Martin, Supervisory Physical Scientist, Building and Fire Research Laboratory.
The Samuel Wesley Stratton Award, first presented in 1962, is granted for outstanding scientific or engineering achievements in support of NIST objectives. Receiving the award was Paul Julienne, NIST Fellow, Physics Laboratory.
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. The award was given to Thomas Chung, IT Specialist, and John Garguilo, Acting Group Leader, both of the Advanced Technology Program.
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 was Michael Kennedy, Engineering Technician, Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory.
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