Thirteen Earn NIST Awards
For Immediate Release: December 5, 2007
NIST Media Group
Thirteen local employees of the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) were honored with the Departmental Bronze Medal and other NIST awards in ceremonies held Dec. 5, 2007. NIST Acting Director James Turner and Acting Deputy Director Richard Kayser presented the awards, assisted by other Institute officials.
Five 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:
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 staff members:
Allen V. Astin Measurement Science Award
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 Igor Vayshenker, an electronics engineer at the Electronics and Electrical Engineering Laboratory, for over 18 years of excellence in developing and providing optical fiber power measurement services and standards.
Edward Uhler Condon Award
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 John W. Ekin, a physicist at the Electronics and Electrical Engineering Laboratory, for distinguished exposition in writing Experimental Techniques for Low-Temperature Measurements, Oxford University Press, October 2006.
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 John Kitching, a physicist at the Physics Laboratory, for outstanding leadership of NIST’s world-leading chip-scale atomic device program.
Samuel Wesley Stratton Award
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 Kent D. Irwin, a physicist at the Electronics and Electrical Engineering Laboratory, for intellectual leadership in developing world-leading superconducting quantum sensors, which are driving innovation in diverse technical areas.
Building Tomorrow's Workplace AwardThe Building Tomorrow’s Workplace Award, first presented in 1995, recognizes individuals or groups in Boulder for significant contributions in creating an inclusive workforce and working toward achieving affirmative employment and diversity goals. This year’s award recipient was Arno Laesecke, a chemical engineer from the Chemical Science and Technology Laboratory, for effectively and tirelessly mentoring students and young NIST staff members. Laesecke will receive his award at a ceremony to be held on Dec. 13.