The annual Awards Banquet of the Washington Academy of Sciences took place in the NRECA (National Rural Electric Co-ops Association) ballroom in Arlington, Virginia on May 11, 2018. The keynote speaker for this event was Dr. Dawn Tilbury, Assistant Director for Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation. Her talk was entitled: “Advancing the Frontiers of Science and Engineering: NSF’s Big Ideas”. The video of Dr. Tilbury’s talk is here:
Ten people were given award certificates at this event, in recognition of their extraordinary achievements in science, engineering and education. The awardees and their presenters are as follows (the photos are by Mahesh Mani):
Heesun Robertson (r) presents the Distinguished Career in Engineering Award, supported by Avineon, to Michael W. Plesniak in recognition of his seminal contributions to research and education in fluid dynamics, specifically turbulent flow physics and biomedical fluid dynamics.
Stuart Umpleby (l) and Heesun Robertson (r) present the Distinguished Career in Science Award, supported by Avineon, to Carlos E. Sluzki in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the fields of psychotherapy, family therapy, human rights, refugees, and conflict resolution.
Paul Arveson (l) presents the Leadership in Science and Engineering Award to Jay B. Labov in recognition of his excellent and enduring contributions to the public understanding of science.
Keith Bowman (r) presents the Leadership in Science and Engineering Award to Lynnette D. Madsen in recognition of her years of dedicated service to science, and the encouragement and support of young scientists, particularly women and minorities.
Mahesh Mani (r) presents the Excellence in Research in Computer Science Award to William C. Regli in recognition of his original research contributions and technical leadership in the transformative applications of computing and information sciences to engineering and manufacturing.
Joannie Chin (r) presents the Excellence in Research in Engineering Sciences Award to Andrew K. Persily in recognition of his efforts in developing primary reference methods for quantifying ventilation and infiltration in buildings and for his leadership in ensuring that indoor air quality is adequately addressed in sustainable buildings.
Jabez McClelland (l) presents the Excellence in Research in Physical Sciences Award to Mark D. Stiles in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the understanding of nanoscale magnetic phenomena through ground-breaking theoretical studies of exchange coupling, exchange bias, magnetic damping, and spin transfer torques.
J. Alexander Liddle (r) presents the Excellence in Research in Physical Sciences Award to Vladimir A. Aksyuk in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the development of integrated photonic and mechanical microsystems, and their application to novel nanoscale measurement methods of fundamental physical phenomena.
Peter Ostrander (r) presents the Lamberton Award for Teaching of Science to Angelique P. Bosse in recognition of her exceptional service and effective coordination of Senior Research Projects in the Science, Mathematics and Computer Science Magnet Program at Montgomery Blair High School.
David Moran (r) presents the Krupsaw Award for Non-traditional Teaching to Vijayanand C. Kowtha in recognition of his unique skills, energy and leadership in developing robotics education programs for disadvantaged students in the Washington DC area, and for encouragement of STEM education for careers in naval research.
Congratulations to all these well-deserving awardees!