Nominations are now being accepted for the Distinguished Scientist Award. Award candidates may be nominated by anyone who has been involved in hypervelocity impact science and engineering, not just Society members. The Distinguished Scientist Award will be presented at the Hypervelocity Impact Symposium to an individual or research team for significant and lasting contributions to the field of hypervelocity science.
The award consists of a plaque citing the accomplishments of the award winner(s) and a monetary award of an amount set by the Society Board of Directors. The recipient(s) also becomes an Honorary Member of the Society, i.e., a lifetime member with all the privileges and responsibilities of a regular member except that dues are waived.
In preparing the letter of nomination, nominators should include supporting information about the candidate that should:
The Awards Committee would like to see the widest participation from the scientific community in nominating a Distinguished Scientist whose contributions reflect the talents of researchers around the world. Unsuccessful nominees from the two immediate prior symposia will automatically be considered for the award at the next symposium (e.g. unsuccessful nominees from the 2012 and 2015 symposia will be automatically considered for the award at the 2017 symposium).
Once a list of candidates is finalized, the Awards Committee goes through several rounds of voting to identify the winner. Past committees have used different approaches, but generally the criteria for selection include:
The recipient for the Distinguished Scientist Award is selected three months prior to an upcoming symposium in order to give the recipient sufficient time to prepare an acceptance keynote speech. Once the award recipient has been determined, the Awards Committee Chair notifies the President of the Society. The President will obtain a concurrence from the Board and then notify the award recipient formally in writing.
Nominations and questions regarding the Distinguished Scientist Award should be submitted via post or email to:
Dr Shannon Ryan
Land Vehicle Survivability
Defense Science and Technology Group
506 Lorimer Street
Email: shannon.ryan [at] dsto.defence.gov.au
School of Physical Sciences
University of Kent
Email: HVIS2017 [at] star [dot] kent [dot] ac [dot] uk