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2017 NIST Awards Ceremony
Gold Medal Award
The Gold Medal Award is the highest award given by the Department of Commerce for 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.
For identifying the best alternatives to hydrofluorocarbon chemicals essential to the future of the air-conditioning and refrigerating industries.
For leading the development of interagency open data sharing principles to advance international scientific cooperation that addresses global challenges. This group award was awarded to four staff members from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and one staff member from NIST.
The Silver Medal Award is the second highest honor conferred by the Department of Commerce. It recognizes exceptional performance characterized by noteworthy or superlative contributions that have a direct and lasting impact within the Department.
For outstanding measurement science contributions that led to the first technical specification providing guidance for safe robot-human collaboration.
The Bronze Medal Award is the highest recognition awarded by NIST. The award, approved by the Director, recognizes work that has resulted in more effective and efficient management systems as well as the demonstration of unusual initiative or creative ability in the development and improvement of methods and procedures. It is also given for significant contributions affecting major programs, scientific accomplishments, and superior performance of assigned tasks for at least five consecutive years.
For developing precise and low-cost calibration and verification methods in the field for chemical detectors that monitor chemical-warfare agents.
For the successful collaboration in negotiating and implementing the collective bargaining agreement between the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Washington Area Metal Trades Council, AFL-CIO as represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local-121.
Allen Astin came to NIST in 1925 and went on to do important work in electronics and in military research, including developing proximity fuses for bombs in support of the nation’s war effort during World War II. He became the fifth NIST director in 1952. The Astin Award, first presented in 1984, is granted for outstanding achievement in the advancement of measurement science or in the delivery of measurement services.
For pioneering new measurement methods and instrumentation leading to an entirely new traceability paradigm for high-power lasers (> 100 W).
The Edward Uhler Condon Award is named after the fourth director of NIST. A theoretical physicist and a prolific writer, Edward Condon produced a steady stream of articles for Scientific American, Popular Mechanics and other periodicals. First presented in 1974, the Condon Award is granted for distinguished achievement in effective written exposition in science or technology. Including, but not limited to, the demonstration of substantial scientific, technical, or technological merit, unusually effective exposition through organization and clarity of style, broad treatment of a specific subject area, or appeal to readers with a wide range of scientific or technical interests.
For their timely and well-articulated article on timing needs and requirements for the financial industry.
Eugene Crittenden joined NIST in 1904 where he worked for more than 50 years. Among other accomplishments, he helped establish international standards for photometry. The Crittenden Award gives recognition to the accomplishments of NIST technical and administrative support staff who provide services that have significant impact in support of the NIST mission.
For contributions to re-engineering and delivering a new labor-saving, paperless RSA SecurID Token distribution service, improving customer service.
Judson French was the director of the former NIST Electronics and Electrical Engineering Laboratory, and he committed himself to the development and delivery of the very best products and services to the electronics and electrical industries. The French Award 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.
For dramatically improving the quality and lowering the cost of pressure dissemination by modernizing the NIST piston gauge calibration service.
The Jacob Rabinow Applied Research Award is named after the legendary NIST inventor. Jacob Rabinow earned more than 200 U.S. patents for many different types of mechanical, optical, and electrical devices. First presented in 1975, the Rabinow Award is granted for outstanding achievements in the practical application of the results of scientific or engineering research.
For numerous innovations in laser technology and applications, enabling new precision measurements, new products, and fundamental science.
Edward Rosa came to NIST in 1901 to start the new electricity research division. He eventually become the organization’s chief physicist and the right hand of NIST’s first director, Samuel Stratton. The Rosa Award, established in 1964, is granted for outstanding achievements or contributions in the development of meaningful and significant engineering, scientific, or documentary standards either within NIST or in cooperation with other government agencies or private groups.
For technical work and leadership in the development and approval of the Facility Smart Grid Information Model as a new international standard.
The William P. Slichter Award was first presented in 1992. As a member of the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology in the late 1980s, William Slichter was a strong advocate for NIST’s role in supporting U.S. industry. The Slichter Award is granted for outstanding achievements by NIST staff in building or strengthening ties between NIST and industry.
For leading industry and government stakeholders to develop and adopt measurement standards to ensure reliable manufacturing of protein therapeutics.
The Samuel Wesley Stratton Award was first presented in 1962. Samuel Stratton was the very first director of NIST, then known as the National Bureau of Standards. The Stratton Award recognizes an unusually significant research contribution to science or engineering that merits the acclaim of the scientific world and supports NIST’s mission objectives.
For groundbreaking engineering and scientific research enabling the protection of structures and communities from the devastating effects of large-scale wildland fires.
The George A. Uriano Award was first presented in 1996. George Uriano was the driving force behind NIST’s Advanced Technology Program of the 1990s and early 2000s. The Uriano Award 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.
For the development and implementation of Baldrige-based assessments that enhance the performance and sustainability of manufacturers and service providers of all kinds.
First established in 2006, the Colleague’s Choice Award is granted to non-supervisory employees at NIST who, in the eyes of their colleagues, have made significant contributions that broadly advance the NIST mission and strategic goals or broadly contribute to the overall health and effectiveness of NIST.
For establishing the High-Frequency Structural Simulator (HFSS) computer modeling system at NIST for creating complex electromagnetics simulations to assist in research across multiple OUs.
The Dean of Staff award honors the current employee with the longest tenure at NIST. The honoree receives a framed copy of an antique print of pioneering scientist Michael Faraday. A rare carbon print of this photo, now in NIST’s historical artifact collection, hung in the office of the first three NIST directors for four decades.
Hai S. Lew of EL's Materials and Structural Systems Division has worked at NIST for over 49 years. He joined the National Bureau of Standards in 1968 as a structural research engineer. As Senior Research Engineer, he carries out a broad range of research programs in the fields of structural and earthquake engineering. Dr. Lew has published over 150 articles, papers, and reports on the performance of structures, construction safety, failure investigations, and earthquake engineering.
The NIST Director’s Award for Excellence in Administration was first established in 2007. This award is granted to employees engaged in providing administrative service or carrying out administrative functions, who have made significant contributions that broadly advance the NIST mission and strategic goals through excellence in administrative services and functions.
For outstanding leadership, service and innovation in administrative services enabling the world-class success of JILA in research and training.
The Equal Employment Opportunity/Diversity Award was first presented in 1977. The award is granted for exceptionally significant accomplishments and contributions to equal employment opportunity and diversity goals.
For creation and leadership of the Montgomery College Internship Program that increases the diversity of our STEM pipeline.
The Arthur S. Flemming Award was established in 1948 by the Downtown Jaycees of Washington, D.C., to honor outstanding federal employees for unusually meritorious work. The award is supported by the Office of Personnel Management and is sponsored by the George Washington University and Government Executive magazine in conjunction with the Arthur S. Flemming Awards Commission.
For his key contributions to the fields of label-free chemical imaging and biological therapeutics.
Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
The Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) recognizes the high priority placed by the government on maintaining the leadership position of the United States in science by producing outstanding scientists and engineers and nurturing their continued development. The awards identify a cadre of outstanding scientists and engineers who will broadly advance science and the missions important to the participating agencies.
For pioneering breakthroughs in the nascent field of quantum optomechanics that are providing the practical means to preserve and transfer information across the components of future quantum computing devices
For his exemplary work in basic and applied science, and in standards development needed for our nation to implement the powerful tool of whole genome sequencing, and for his humanitarian efforts to support healthcare in developing countries.
For his significant contributions to understanding the interplay of magnetism with superconductivity and revealing observations about superconducting materials by developing new measurement technologies, and his leadership in the neutron-scattering community evidenced by collaborations with government and university partners.
The Presidential Rank Award, created in 1978, recognizes members of the Senior Executive Service for exceptional performance over an extended period of time as well as other senior career employees with a sustained record of exceptional professional, technical, and/or scientific achievement recognized on a national or international level.
For his breakthrough research in the field of quantum information science for over a decade, enabled by his invention of record-breaking photon detectors.
For his research and leadership in reducing the risk of cybersecurity threats through the creation of NIST's cybersecurity Risk Management Framework (RMF) and the development of a library of supporting NIST technical standards and technical guidelines.