Award Winner: Joel Ullom
The Boom Award is named in honor of the emeritus professor from the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Boom's career spanned more than thirty years during which he motivated a large number of young scientists and engineers to pursue careers in cryogenic engineering and applied superconductivity. This award was created by the CSA to be given to a young professional (under 40 years of age) who "shows promise for making significant contributions to the fields of cryogenic engineering and applied superconductivity. The spirit of the R.W. Boom Award is to recognize young people for their pursuit of excellence, demonstration of high standards and clear communications.
Dr. Ullom is recognized for his exceptional breakthroughs in applied superconductivity and cryogenic engineering. These breakthroughs include the demonstration of the first practical on-chip quantum refrigerators, the development of new superconducting x-ray and gamma-ray spectrometers that provide new capabilities both for industrial materials analysis and nuclear materials accounting, and the development and commercialization of an important cryogenic system. He has the rare combination of the creativity to generate innovative new ideas in applied superconductivity and cryogenics, the capability to fully develop and demonstrate them in the laboratory, the vision to apply them to important, high impact problems, and the persistence to pursue them all the way to practical implementation and commercialization.
Award Date: October 8, 2012