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Recent PML Awards

Ian Coddington Ian Coddington, a physicist in PML's Quantum Electronics and Photonics Division, will receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent research careers. Coddington was cited for developing rapid, low-cost, spectroscopic measurement tools based on optical fibers and frequency combs that enable accurate detection of airborne chemicals and measurement of absolute distance over kilometers with nanometer precision, and for contributions to early child development and science enrichment programs in his community.
Rosenband, Till Till Rosenband of PML's Time and Frequency Division was selected for a 2011 Arthur S. Flemming Award for extraordinary contributions to the federal government. He invented an entirely new technology—the "logic clock." It is the world's most accurate atomic clock with an uncertainty equivalent to one second in 4 billion years and continually improving. Logic clocks can be used for exquisitely sensitive measurements of gravity, motion, and other quantities, exploiting the "ticking rate" to make a new class of sensors which can be used in mineral exploration, inertial navigation and new ultra-precise measurements of fundamental physics constants. Established by the Washington, D.C. Downtown Jaycees in 1948, the Flemming Awards memorialize Dr. Arthur S. Flemming, whose exemplary career spanned seven decades of service to the federal government and higher education.
Elizabeth Gentry  

Elizabeth Gentry of PML's Office of Weights and Measures has been recognized with a 2011 Arthur S. Flemming Award. The award honors individuals to the federal government. Gentry was selected in recognition of her exceptional leadership as metric program coordinator. She serves as the nation's focal point for voluntary conversion to the metric system, and led an effort to persuade states to amend their laws and regulations to permit manufacturers and retailers to voluntarily use metric units on their packaging. At the same time, she worked to ensure the laws of other countries to continue allowing current U.S. labeling while the transition occurs. 

Nate Newbury 

Nate Newbury of PML's Quantum Electronics and Photonics Division has been honored with a 2011 Arthur S. Flemming Award. Newbury is cited for his remarkable achievements in innovating and applying fiber-laser frequency combs to challenging research problems. He transformed a powerful technology into a practical, turnkey solution with the creation of an entirely new class of frequency combs—the fiber-laser frequency comb. Applications include sub-hertz optical spectroscopy, high-frequency metrology, nanometer-precision distance ranging, and ultra-high bandwidth communications. His research is being replicated worldwide and contributes to advances in climate change science, precision timekeeping, and semiconductor manufacturing.

Michael R. Moldover Michael R. Moldover, leader of PML's Fluid Metrology Group, has received the 2012 Yeram S. Touloukian Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He is recognized for his "fundamental achievements in thermometry, pressure standards, and landmark measurement of universal gas constants; for advances in state-of-the art of thermophysical property measurements including development of spherical resonators, integration of measurements with theory, and elucidation of critical region behavior."
James Olthoff James Olthoff, PML Deputy Director, has received the 2012 Award for Physical Sciences from the Washington Academy of Sciences “for broad contributions to metrology through advancing plasma physics and through management of the NIST Measurement Services Program, the most robust, rigorous and diverse in the world.”
Jeesong Hwang Jeeseong Hwang, of the Radiation and Biomolecular Physics Division, has received the 2012 Award for Biological Sciences by the Washington Academy of Science “in recognition of contributions to research and service in the field of biomedical optics, specifically in the advancement and validation of advanced microscopic techniques and tissue phantoms for translational and clinical applications.”
Herbert Bennett Herbert Bennett, a NIST Fellow in the Semiconductor and Dimensional Metrology Division, has been selected to be a 2012 Materials Research Society (MRS) Fellow. He will be recognized at the Awards Session of the MRS Spring Meeting, “for seminal contributions to computational materials science, theory of materials, and international standards.” The MRS comprises 16,000 members in over 80 countries. Each year, the MRS selects fewer than 0.2 % of its members to become new Fellows. Fellows are outstanding members whose sustained and distinguished contributions to the advancement of materials research are internationally recognized.
John Suehle John Suehle, Group Leader for CMOS Reliability and Advanced Devices in PML's Semiconductor and Dimensional Metrology Division, has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The distinction is one of the association's most prestigious honors. Suehle was cited for "contributions to the understanding of thin gate dielectric films."
Ronald Colle  Ronald Collé of PML's Radiation and Biomolecular Physics Division has won the 2011 JARI Medal Award from the journal Applied Radiation and Isotopes (JARI). Collé, well-known for his work on establishing one of the first quality assurance programs for radioactivity in the world, was honored for "outstanding contributions to radiation and isotope applications and instrumentation. The medal is awarded for the most original, useful, or novel method developed for such applications." The award was presented at the 18th International Conference on Radionuclide Metrology and its Applications in Tsukuba, Japan, 19-23 September 2011.
Kenneth Inn  Kenneth Inn received the Randall S. Caswell Award from the Council on Ionizing Radiation Measurements and Standards (CIRMS). The distinction is awarded to the person who past recipients of the award consider has contributed significant time and expertise to forwarding the work of CIRMS in its advisory role to PML's Radiation and Biomolecular Physics Division. Inn has worked extensively in forwarding the mission of CIRMS and in organizing many workshops and discussion groups relating to the CIRMS mission.
Georgia Harris  Georgia Harris of the Office of Weights and Measures received the Max J. Unis Award from the American Society for Quality, Measurement Quality Division (MQD) at the August 2011 meeting of the NCLSI. The Max J. Unis award is the highest honor bestowed by the MQD, to recognize outstanding contributions to the metrology community.
Jun Ye  JILA Fellow Jun Ye has been elected as a Director at Large for the Optical Society of America (OSA). He will begin his three-year term on January 1, 2012.
Judah Levine President Obama has selected Judah Levine of PML's Time and Frequency Division for a 2011 Presidential Rank Award which honors "strong leaders, professionals, and scientists who achieve results and consistently demonstrate strength, integrity, industry and a relentless commitment to excellence in public service." The award recognizes Levine as a world leader in early applications of lasers for precision measurements, as well as precision time and frequency measurements based on systems of atomic clocks, including use of satellites for time and frequency distribution. He continues to improve NIST network time services, and has demonstrated scientific leadership recognized by numerous national and international awards and honors.
Loren Goodrich

Loren Goodrich, Leader of the Superconductivity Project in the Electromagnetics Division, and NIST associates Xifeng Lu and Danko van der Laan, won a 2011 R&D 100 Award "for development of a compact, high-energy density, high-temperature superconducting cable." The award was presented in Orlando, FL on Oct. 13, 2011.

Jake Taylor

The White House has named physicist Jake Taylor of the Quantum Measurement Division to receive a Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). PECASE is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on persons beginning their independent research careers. Taylor was selected for his pioneering, world-class research on quantum fault tolerance and on the dynamic properties of quantum information devices, and for his commitment to providing educational and research experiences to graduate students. Awardees are selected for their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, or community outreach.

Charles Clark

Government Computer News (GCN) has named NIST's Digital Library of Mathematical Functions as one of 10 GCN Award Winners for "Outstanding Information Technology Achievement in Government" in 2011. The project team, which includes PML's Charles Clark, will be honored formally at the 24th Annual GCN Awards Gala, October 19, 2011 at the Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner in McLean, Va

Ian Spielman

Ian Spielman, a physicist in PML's Quantum Measurement Division, was named to receive the Junior BEC Award 2011 by the award committee of the biannual Bose-Einstein Condensation Conference for "the first experimental realization of synthetic magnetic fields and spin-orbit couplings in atomic Bose-Einstein condensates." The award was presented at the Bose-Einstein Conference in Sant Feliu, Spain, Sept. 10-16, 2011. Spielman also won a 2011 Young Scientist Prize from the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics.

Janet Cassard

Janet Cassard, research electronics engineer in Semiconductor and Dimensional Metrology Division's MEMS Measurement Science and Standards Project, received the Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) North America Standards Leadership Award during the July 2011 SEMI annual awards ceremony at SEMICON West, San Francisco, CA. Cassard's award was given, "for outstanding performance in the furthering and development of the SEMI standards program."

Cassard was recognized for her efforts as a member of the organization's MEMS/NEMS Committee. Her improved metrics, produced in collaboration with industry, have benefitted both industry and government, and she has provided leadership in standards development organizations, such as ASTM and SEMI, and through her NIST products, such as E-STANDARDS and upcoming SRMs.

Keith Gillis

Keith Gillis of PML's Sensor Science Division was elected a Fellow to the Acoustical Society of America for devising "acoustic techniques to accurately measure properties of gases and aerosols ." Official presentation will occur at the Plenary Session of the ASA Meeting in San Diego on November 2, 2011.

John Moreland

John Moreland of the Electromagnetics Division was named an IEEE Fellow, "for contributions to magnetic applications of scanning probe microscopy and microsystem technologies."

Tom Silva

Tom Silva of the Electromagnetics Division was named an APS Fellow for "his fundamental contributions to the experimental studies of the spin-torque oscillators, their interactions, and collective states, and for the development of new quantitative experimental methods for the investigation of magnetization dynamics in thin films and nanostructures."

John Ladbury

Jason Coder and John Ladbury of the Electromagnetics Division won the IEEE 2011 International EMC Symposium Best Paper Award for "A Novel Method for Determining the Lower Bound of Antenna Efficiency." In addition, Ladbury received the IEEE EMC Society Technical Achievement Award "for significant contributions in the development of reverberation chamber techniques for EMC applications."

David Hill

Dave Hill, a guest researcher/affiliate in the Radio-Frequency Fields Group, received the IEEE EMC Society Richard R. Stoddart Award at the IEEE Symposium on EMC, Long Beach, CA. Dave was selected by the IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society "for outstanding contributions to the electromagnetic theory of complex cavities, radiated field coupling and shielding, and wave propagation."

Ron Wittmann

Ron Wittmann of the Electromagnetics Division has won the Antenna Measurement Techniques Association's Distinguished Achievement Award for contributions to the development of probe-position correction methods, contributions to the measurement and theory of spherical near-field measurements, contributions through lectures at the NIST biannual near-field short course for more than 25 years, contributions as  a member of the technical coordinator's abstract and review committee, and contributions to near-field and radar cross section uncertainty analyses."