The 2021 Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet

The Annual Awards Banquet was held on September 9, 2021 at Ceresville Mansion in Frederick, MD.  Despite the pandemic, over 50 (vaccinated) people attended in person, and many additional people watched online.

President Ram Sriram welcomed the guests, and then Mahesh Mani handed out the awards.  Outgoing President Mina Izadjoo shared inspiring comments on the importance of the Academy’s work, and then Ram introduced the new board members.  

WAS Board 2021

The WAS board members for 2021.   From left to right they are Paul Arveson (VP Junior Academy), Ram Sriram (President), Judy Staveley (At-large member), Tanner Ash (At large member), Terry Longstreth (VP Administrative Affairs),  Mala Ramaiah (Secretary), Joanne Horn (At-large member), Ron Hietala (Treasurer), and Mahesh Mani (VP Membership).  Not shown are Lynnette Madsen (President-Elect), Parisa Meisami (VP Affiliate Affairs), David Torain (At-large member) and Lisa Frehill (At-large member).

Following are the award recipients for 2021.  Please see our Awards page for details about each of the awardees.

Krupsaw Award for Non-Traditional Teaching
James Garrant

Excellence in Research in Applied Mathematics
Anthony J. Kearsley, PhD

Excellence in Research in Materials Science and Technology
Syed B. Qadri, PhD

Leadership in Biological and Computer Science
Wendy J. Nilsen, PhD

Leadership in International Corrosion Standards
Harvey P. Hack, PhD

Early Career Award in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Payman Dehghanian, PhD

Early Career Award in Materials Science and Engineering
Appajosula Yashodhara Rao

Distinguished Career in Computer Science
Aravind Srinivasan, PhD

Congratulations to all of these deserving recipients!  We are honored to have had an opportunity to meet them and to recognize them for their creative achievements in science, engineering and education.  Thank you and best wishes for your continued success!  

Past Presentations

 The Washington Academy of Sciences now includes on this website an archive of audio, video and slide presentations sponsored or submitted by members of the Academy.    Please visit our presentations page for a list of these fascinating presentations such as our recent one by Vint Cerf, one of the Fathers of the Internet, shares “Lessons from the Internet”. Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet.  Watch his presentation here.

Since 1898, the Washington Academy of Sciences has served as the affiliation of Washington D.C. area scientific societies. The formation of the Academy culminated a decade of planning under the leadership of the Philosophical Society of Washington. The founders included Alexander Graham Bell and Samuel Langley, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. The purpose of the new Academy was to encourage the advancement of science and “to conduct, endow, or assist investigation in any department of science.” That purpose guided the Academy throughout its first 100 years and will continue to be our guide through the current century.

Among our nearly 60 Affiliated Societies and Institutions are Meadowlark Gardens and the D.C. Historical Society
Among the recipients of The Washington Academy’s Seals of Approval are Karl Pribram’s The Form Within: My Point of View and Dan Berleant’s The Human Race to the Future – What Could Happen And What to Do.
Among the recipients of The Washington Academy’s Awards for Scientific Work of High Merit are Harry Diamond for Engineering in 1941 and John Mather for Physical Sciences in 2006
Harry Diamond
Harry Diamond
John Mather
John Mather

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