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Honors and Awards

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The ASME R. Tom Sawyer Award

The R. Tom Sawyer Award is bestowed on an individual who has made important contributions to advance the purpose of the Gas Turbine Industry and to the International Gas Turbine Institute over a substantial period of time. The contribution may be in any area of institute activity but must be marked by sustained forthright efforts.  The award was established in 1972 to honor R. Tom Sawyer who, for over four decades, toiled zealously to advance gas turbine technology in all of its aspects and includes a US $1000 honorarium and a plaque presented during ASME Turbo Expo.  

The nomination must be complete and accompanied by three to five Letters of Recommendation from individuals who are well acquainted with the nominees' qualifications. Candidate nominations remain in effect for three years and are automatically carried over. The completed reference form from a minimum of 3 people will need to be sent in with the nomination package.  It is up to the "Nominator" to submit all required information.

Your nomination package should be received at the ASME Office no later than August 15, 2016 to be considered.

ASME IGTI Awards
11757 Katy Freeway, Ste 380
Houston, TX  77079 USA
Email: igtiawards@asme.org
Fax: +1 281-493-3493
(Electronic, mail or fax submissions are acceptable.
)

Congratulations to the 2016 ASME R. Tom Sawyer Award winner Dr. Nicholas Cumpsty, professor emeritus, Imperial College London.

The ASME Gas Turbine Award

The Gas Turbine Award is given in recognition of an outstanding individual--or multiple--author contribution to the literature of combustion gas turbines or gas turbines thermally combined with nuclear or steam power plants. The paper may be devoted to design aspects or overall gas turbines or individual components and/or systems such as compressors, combustion systems, turbines, controls and accessories, bearings, regenerators, inlet air filters, silencers, etc. It may cover topics specifically related to gas turbines such as high temperature materials or fuel considerations, including erosion and corrosion complications. It can also be devoted to application or operational aspects of gas turbines for aircraft propulsion and ground power units, or automotive, electric utility, gas pipeline pumping, locomotive, marine, oil field pumping, petrochemical, space power, steel, and similar uses.  This award was established in 1963 and includes a US $1000 honorarium and a plaque presented during ASME Turbo Expo.

Congratulations to the 2014 ASME Gas Turbine Award winners Dr. Robert Grewe, aerodynamic specialist, Siemens Germany, Dr. Robert Miller, professor, University of Cambridge, and Dr. Howard Hodson, Whittle Laboratory.  

The Scholar Award

Established in 1989, ASME IGTI gives this Award biannually to a person with a significant depth of knowledge in some aspect of gas turbine technology, who writes and presents a learned and comprehensive paper to industry peers. The recipient may be from industry, government, education, or private professional practice and need not be an ASME member.

2017 Scholar Award Nomination Form - Nomination packets are no longer being accepted for 2017.

Congratulations to the 2015 Scholar Award winner Dr. Ivor Day, senior research fellow, Whittle Laboratory.

The John P. Davis Award

Awarded annually by ASME IGTI in recognition of the technical paper that most significantly describes new or continuing gas turbine applications; identifies planning, installation, operating and/or maintenance problems and their solutions; and exemplifies candid exposure of real-world problems and solutions and is judged, therefore, to be of exceptional value to others supplying or using gas turbines and their support systems. The Award was established in 1985 and includes a US $1,000 honorarium (divided equally among recipients if awarded to a multiple-author paper) and is presented at ASME Turbo Expo.

Congratulations to the 2014 John P. Davis Award winners Jack Halsey, consultant, Rolls-Royce, Leonard L. Overton, Jr., chief engineer for gas turbine modules, Rolls-Royce, Dr. Philip Buelow, aero-thermal engineer, United Technologies Corporation, and David Bretz, retired from Rolls-Royce.


The Aircraft Engine Technology Award 

The Aircraft Engine Award recognizes sustained personal creative contributions to aircraft gas turbine engine technology.  Eligible areas of accomplishment are aircraft engine design, and/or research and development performed in an industrial, academic or research laboratory environment in one or more of the following fields:

• Aircraft Engine Propulsion
• Airframe-Propulsion Integration
• Combustion & Fuels
• Controls
• Diagnostics
• Heat Transfer
• Manufacturing Materials & Metallurgy
• Operability
• Structures & Dynamics
• Turbomachinery

The Aircraft Engine Technology Award will include an optional opportunity to deliver a lecture or present an invited technical paper on the work for which the award is being bestowed, at ASME Turbo Expo.  The recipient of the award will very desirably, but not necessarily, be a member of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers. The award will be made to a single individual.

Nominating and supporting letters for the Aircraft Engine Technology Award should be sent by October 15, 2016 to:

ASME
11757 Katy Freeway, Ste. 380
Houston, TX
77079 USA
igtiawards@asme.org

Nominating letters should contain all information on the nominee's relevant qualifications. The Award Committee will not solicit or consider materials other than those described below. The selection committee will hold nominations active for a period of three years.

A minimum of two supporting letters from individuals, other than the nominator, must accompany the nominating letter. Supporting letters should reflect peer recognition of the nominee's breadth of experience with various aspects of industrial gas turbine technology.

Congratulations to the 2016 Aircraft Engine Technology Award winner Dr. Je-Chin Han, professor, Texas A&M University. 


The Industrial Gas Turbine Technology Award

The Industrial Gas Turbine Award recognizes sustained personal creative scientific or technological contributions unique to electric power or mechanical drive industrial gas turbine technology.  Eligible areas of accomplishment are gas turbine design, application, operations/maintenance, and research/development/deployment, performed in an industrial, academic or research laboratory environment in one or more of the following fields:

• Combustion, Fuels, & Emissions Abatement
• Controls
• Diagnostics
• Electric Power Plant Integration
• Fluid Dynamics & Thermal Sciences
• Operation, Maintenance, & Life Cycle Cost
• Manufacturing, Materials, & Metallurgy
• Structures & Dynamics
• Thermodynamic Cycles
• Turbomachinery

The Industrial Gas Turbine Technology Award will include an optional opportunity to deliver a lecture or present an invited technical paper on the work for which the award is being bestowed, at ASME Turbo Expo.  The recipient of the award will very desirably, but not necessarily, be a member of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers. The award will be made to a single individual.

Nominating and supporting letters for the Industrial Gas Turbine Technology Award should be sent by October 15, 2016 to:

ASME
11757 Katy Frwy, Ste 380
Houston, TX
77079 USA
igtiawards@asme.org

Nominating letters should contain all information on the nominee's relevant qualifications. The Award Committee will not solicit or consider materials other than those described below. The selection committee will hold nominations active for a period of three years.

A minimum of two supporting letters from individuals, other than the nominator, must accompany the nominating letter. Supporting letters should reflect peer recognition of the nominee's breadth of experience with various aspects of industrial gas turbine technology.

Congratulations to the 2016 Industrial Gas Turbine Technology Award winner Dr. Klaus Brun, program director of the machinery program, Southwest Research Institute. 

Dilip R. Ballal Early Career Award

Early Career Awards are intended to honor individuals who have outstanding accomplishments during the beginning of their careers. Historically, there has been no such award to recognize early career engineers working in the area of turbomachinery.

An early career award is intended for those starting a professional career, which is typically after a relevant terminal degree: BS, MS, or PhD. A criterion of seven-years-from-degree will be used to define the nominee’s eligibility. The nominee must receive the award prior to the completion of the seventh year beyond the terminal degree.

The recipient of the Dilip Ballal Early Career Award will be presented with the award at Turbo Expo. The award consists of a plaque, funds to support the travel and registration costs to Turbo Expo, free ASME membership registration for five years, and a US $2000 honorarium.

Nomination Requirements
The nomination package should include the following:
a) A paragraph (less than 50 words) from the nominator highlighting nominee’s contributions
b) Nomination letter
c) Two supporting letters
d) Current resume of the nominee

Nomination packets are due to ASME on or before August 1, 2016.  Send complete nomination to: igtiawards@asme.org

Congratulations to the 2016 Dilip R. Ballal Early Career Award winner Dr. Carl Sangan, assistant professor, University of Bath.   

ASME IGTI Committee Best Paper Awards

Each year the ASME IGTI Committees have the opportunity to select a paper published at ASME TURBO EXPO to receive their committee's Best Paper Award. This is a chance to recognize outstanding technical papers, to acknowledge the author's contributions to the gas turbine industry, and to support and maintain the high quality of papers presented by each committee. Award recipients are honored during individual committee meetings at ASME TURBO EXPO.

2016 ASME IGTI Awards Program

 

Young Engineer Turbo Expo Participation Award

The ASME IGTI Young Engineer Turbo Expo Participation Award (YETEP) is intended for young engineers at companies, in government service, or engineering undergraduate or graduate students in the gas turbine or related fields to obtain travel funding to attend ASME Turbo Expo to present a paper which they have authored or co-authored. The purpose is to provide a way for more to participate in the annual Turbo Expo.

For 2016, ASME IGTI will provide YETEP Award winners with:

• One Complimentary ASME Turbo Expo Technical Conference Registration
• Complimentary hotel accommodations (Sunday to Friday)
• Up to $2,000 toward approved travel expenses

The nominee must have obtained an academic degree (Bachelor, Master, PhD, or equivalent degrees) in an engineering discipline related to turbomachinery within five years from the year of the Turbo Expo that the applicant wishes to attend. The research results the applicant wishes to present at the conference can have been obtained either while pursuing an academic degree, or afterwards (students, professionals or young academics are eligible).

Nomination deadline for ASME Turbo Expo 2016 - March 1, 2017

Download the Young Engineer Turbo Expo Participation Award Application

Congratulations to the 2016 Award Winners:

• Ali Afzalifar, Lappeenranta University of Technology
• Travis Cable, Texas A&M University
• Meera Day, Southern Methodist University
• Jeffrey Defoe, University of Windsor
• Chiara Gastaldi, Politecnico di Torino
• Giacomo Gatti, Politecnico di Milano
• David Holst, Technical University Berlin
• Tobias Hummel, Technical University of Munich
• Simon Jacobi, University of Oxford
• Peter Kaluza, RWTH Aachen University
• Daria Kolmakova, Technische Universitat Munchen
• Atanu Kumar Kundu, Lund University
• Nguyen LaTray, University of Texas at Arlington
• Yogini Patil, Lappeenranta University of Technology
• Julien Pohl, University of Leeds
• Robin Prenter, The Ohio State University
• Jorge Saavedra, Purdue University
• Swati Saxena, GE Global Research Center
• Robert Schroeder, Sargent & Lundy
• Vrishika Singh, TU Delft

ASME IGTI Student Scholarship Program

ASME International Gas Turbine Institute has a long and proud history of providing scholarships to students who show promise for their future profession in the turbomachinery field. The aim is to attract young talent to the profession and reward their commitment, favoring their upcoming enrollment and active participation. ASME IGTI has supplied more than one million dollars to fund these scholarships over the years. The scholarship is to be used for tuition, books and other University expenses. The check will be made out to the University on the student’s behalf.

Student application deadline is June 15, 2017.. Scholarship winners will be notified by the end of October 2017. Scholarships will be dispersed in November.

Eligibility of the Applicants
The nominee must be pursuing an academic degree (Bachelor, Master, PhD, or equivalent degrees) in an engineering discipline related to turbomachinery. Students must be currently registered at an accredited university (either U.S. or international). The university must have a gas turbine program of some type and only requires that a gas turbine or power course that has significant gas turbine content be offered.

Application Requirements
The application package must contain:

  1. A succinct motivational letter (max 1 page) illustrating reasons that should lead to a positive decision by the selection committee;
  2. The application form listing the data allowing to assess the eligibility of the applicant, duly signed; and the IRS Foreign W8BEN Form (if a non-US citizen)
  3. A nomination form and recommendation letter by the applicant’s academic supervisor, or by an industry professional involved in his/her studies. Student should follow up with nominator to confirm the packet has been sent to ASME.
  4. Any other document the applicant wishes to attach in order to support the application. (Proof of awards and honors, memberships in honorary or professional societies showing offices held, extra-curricular activities, etc.)

Download the 2017-2018 Student Scholarship Application Packet

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Student Scholarship Winners:

• Bharat Agrawal - Iowa State University
• Amrita Basak - Georgia Institute of Technology
• Filippo Cangiol - Politecnico de Milano
• Nafiz Chowdhury - Texas A&M University
• Rick Dehner - The Ohio State University
• Ma Haiteng - Shanghai Jiao Tong University
• Mary Jennerjohn - Saint Louis University
• Alireza Kalantari - University of California Irvine
• Jing Li - Duke University
• Ryan Milcarek - Syracuse University
• Charan Nimbehalli Gangdhar - KTH Royal Institute of Technologyy
• Oku Nyong - University of Sheffield
• Jon Runyon - Cardiff University
• Mohammed Hamid Siddique - IIT Madras
• Shawn Siroka - The Pennsylvania State University
• Xiaomeng Tong - Texas A&M University
• Edgar Vicente Torres Gonzalez - Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana
• Weiliang Wang - Tsinghua University
• Shubo Yang - Beihang University
• Ruquan You - Beihang University

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