Awards & Awardees

The AVS Awards Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. in the Davidson Ballroom within the Music City Center to be followed immediately by an Awards Reception. This year, AVS honors the following awardees:

AVS Professional Awards


The Medard W. Welch Award was established in 1969 to commemorate the pioneering efforts of M.W. Welch in founding and supporting AVS. It is presented to recognize and encourage outstanding research in the fields of interest to AVS. The award consists of a cash award, a medal, a plaque, and an honorary lectureship at a regular session of the International Symposium.

Prof. Maki Kawai, Institute for Molecular Sci­ence and University of Tokyo, “for elucidation of the role of vibrational dynamics in single­molecule reactions at surfaces”

Maki Kawai is the Director General of the Institute for Molecular Science at Okazaki,Japan. She is also a Professor at University of Tokyo. She has coauthored over 300 publications on surface science, physical chemistry, catalysis and materials science. She received Surface Science Society of Japan award (2005), Chemical Society of Japan award (2008), 2015 IUPAC Distinguished women in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, and 2015 Gerhard Ertl Lecture Award.

In addition to her fundamental scientific research, she is a widely­respected leader in scientific management. This activity, involving science in the USA, Germany, United Kingdom, and Japan has made her a highly valued member of the international scientific community, culminating with her former position as the RIKEN Executive Director in charge of research affairs. She is a member of the Science Council of Japan, and currently serving as an Executive Board Member representing Section III: Physical Sciences and Engineering. She is and has always been a highly respected member of the international community, serving as chair of the Surface Science Division, IUVSTA (International Union for Vacuum Science, Techniques, and Applications; 2001­2004), board member of the Institute of Physics, London, UK (20022004), as well as member of the Scientific Advisory Board at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society since 2010. She was elected an APS (American Physical Society) fellow in 2010.
Prof. Kawai has also played an important role in the Japanese government’s planning of its science & technology policy, contributing to the drafting of a model plan for intellectual property strategy (2003­2007), and for new system for education as a member of Prime Minister Abe’s Education Rebuilding Implementation Council (2013­2015).
Maki Kawai received her BS in Chemistry at the University of Tokyo in 1975 and her PhD there in 1980 under the guidance of Prof. Kenzi Tamaru. She then did postdoctoral research for 5 years in several places including RIKEN, the University of Tokyo, Osaka Industrial Research Institute, Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) and at Osaka Gas Co. in Japan. These experiences of working in various places, university, governmental and private research institutes was especially important for Kawai to establish her direction of research in fundamental sciences.
Before becoming the chief scientist at RIKEN to direct Surface Chemistry Lab. in 1991, she worked at RIKEN (1985–1988) and served as TKD professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology (1988­1991). And from 2004, she is Professor at the University of Tokyo.
Maki Kawai is well known in her study on single­molecule chemistry, where spectroscopy of ultimate spatial resolution is performed.  Of the most, single molecule vibrational spectroscopy utilizing inelastic tunneling process and extracting vibrational spectra from action of molecules (Action Spectroscopy) using STM stands to be unique.  Interplay between the localized spin at adsorbed molecule and electrons at the Fermi sea of metal substrates is one of the recent topics of her group where Zeeman splitting or the Kondo resonance are resolved in sub­atomic resolution in space.


The Gaede Langmuir Award was established in 1977 by an endowing grant from Dr. Kenneth C.D. Hickman. It is resented to recognize and encourage outstanding discoveries and inventions in the sciences and technologies of interest to AVS. The award is conferred biennially as a suitable candidate may be identified. It consists of a cash award, a commemorative plaque stating the nature of the award, and an honorary lectureship at a regular session of the International Symposium.

Prof. Paul S. Bagus, University of North Texas, “for seminal contributions to understanding Photoelectron Spectra of Solid Surfaces and Molecules adsorbed thereupon”

Paul Bagus received his Ph.D. in 1965 at the University of Chicago under Prof. C. J. J. Roothaan in the Laboratory of Molecular Structure and Spectra, LMSS, directed by Profs. R. S. Mulliken and Roothaan. The LMSS was one of the major centers for the early development and applications of ab initio Quantum Chemistry and Paul Bagus was a major contributor to these efforts. His thesis work on the ionization of closed shell atoms showed, for the first time, that ab initio wavefunction methods could be successfully applied to the core-level excitations measured in X-Ray Photoemission Spectroscopy, XPS. This was followed by demonstrations of the importance of many body effects for the XPS of open shell systems and of the localization of coreholes. Based on this XPS work, he was named an APS Fellow in 1975. Starting in 1968, he spent several years at the IBM Research Laboratories in San Jose where he continued his efforts on the development of rigorous theoretical methods and he began his study of surface processes. This effort was, in large measure, inspired by the outstanding Surface Science program at IBM San Jose. Several of his postdoctoral visitors at IBM now hold significant academic positions. He left IBM in 1993, was a visitor at several institutions, primarily in Europe, and is now a Research Professor in the Chemistry Department at the University of North Texas. He has over 350 publications and his work is highly cited.
Paul Bagus’ theoretical research has focused on topics in two separate but closely related scientific areas: (1) chemistry of surfaces with particular emphasis on the bonding between adsorbates and surfaces and (2) core level ionization and excitation. Essentially all of his research has involved using computations to determine the electronic structure of atoms, molecules, and condensed systems. He has demonstrated that clusters containing a few to many atoms can be successfully used as models of bulk and surface processes since they permit a focus on local aspects of atomic and molecular interactions. An important objective of his research has been to understand the physical and chemical reasons for observed properties. Contributing to this understanding is a role of theory that is easily as important as predicting values for these properties in close agreement with experiment. In order to reach this objective, He has pioneered in the development of programs that can be used to analyze the computed wavefunctions and to decompose the properties resulting from a chemical interaction into contributions from different physical and chemical mechanisms. A recurring theme of his efforts has been interaction and collaboration with experimentalists since this both guides his research efforts and helps to insure that they have a direct impact. These collaborations began during his tenure at IBM and were enhanced with continuing collaborations after his Humboldt Senior Scientist Award, originally made in 1979 with later extensions. In particular, at present, he maintains strong collaborations at the Fritz-Haber Institute, FHI, in Berlin and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, PNNL, in Richland, WA.


The George T. Hanyo Award was established in 1996 by the Kurt J. Lesker Company in the memory of George T. Hanyo, a highly skilled, long-time employee of the company. The award is presented to recognize outstanding performance in technical support of research or development in areas of interest to AVS. It recognizes valuable contributions made by persons outside normal professional circles. Typical nominees should have received mention in the “Acknowledgments” sections of the published papers but, with the possible exception of papers describing new apparatus or procedures, would rarely have been authors or co-authors. The award consists of a cash award and a plaque setting forth the reasons for the award.
Mr. Stanley B. Christman, Hickory Hill Designs, “for outstanding technical support on a variety of projects at Bell Labs” 

Stanley Christman from Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, Surface Physics Dept was responsible for equipment purchase, design, data taking, and maintenance. Design activities involved electronics, electrical, instrument to computer interfacing, software, vacuum, and mechanical. After graduation in 1957 from Schuylkill Valley HS, Leesport, Berks Co., Pa., Stan completed a BS in Physics at Penn State Univ. He first encountered vacuum technology at his first job as an Operating Engineer of the PrincetonPennsylvania 3Bev Proton Accelerator in 1962. When he arrived, there was a claim that there was a beam for a short time. The machine was eventually producing beam around the clock with Stan leading one of the operating crews. The maintenance and improvement of the RF Cavity Accelerating System was also his direct responsibility. This was the time when Quarks were yet to be discovered. This accelerator became obsolete in 7 years, as other higher energy accelerators came on line. While working at Princeton, Stan completed an MA in Physics at The College of NJ, where he developed an NMR facility for the college. His thesis project resulted in the first published NMR spectra of some new Nematic Liquid Crystal compounds.

In 1970, Stan joined Bell Labs Surface Physics department to became part of a team that was to develop a UV and x-ray photoemission experimental capability. This was the time when vacuum experimental work was transitioning from all glass chambers to stainless steel chambers, with the then new conflat flanges. A few chambers were built that allowed the sample to be rotated to allow the sample to be examined by UV, AES, LEED, HEED, and MBE. All chambers had custom computer controlled Residual Gas Analyzers. Single and Double Cylindrical Mirror Analyzers were utilized to detect the photoemitted electrons. Channel Plate Detectors were utilized to collect angleresolved data. Chambers were taken to accelerators that produced more intense UV light (synchrotron radiation) than was possible in the home lab.
In 1982 he became part of a team to establish an infrared internal reflection diagnostic technique at Bell Labs. to do studies of semiconductor surfaces in a vacuum environment. This led to the design and construction of a number of vacuum stations with IR windows and optics to focus the beam in and out of the polished sample plate beveled edges. These chambers also had Residual Gas Analyzer, LEED, and Auger optics. A unique Vacuum FTIR System was designed that had the IR source to detector completely in a vacuum environment, thus eliminating the bothersome spectral lines of water and carbon dioxide. The external IR detectors required low noise preamplifiers to be designed. Since many experiments were performed at low temperatures, he developed a Proportional Flow Liquid Nitrogen Control System to minimize turbulence and the quantity of nitrogen required to keep a reservoir full. A 4 point ohmic heating system was developed to uniformly heat the semiconductor plates. Many custom electronic and software solutions were provided. Stan and Sandy operate a small farm in NJ that produces trees, eggs, honey, and firewood. They enjoy hiking, camping, folk dancing, and classical music. Amateur Radio (W2GCU–E) is a longstanding hobby for Stan. He regularly visits students and faculty at Rutgers U. as a Visiting Courtesy Appointee in the Physics Department. Since retiring from Bell Labs. in 2002, he has been designing custom instruments and solving laboratory instrumentation problems, as a consultant, for research groups at various universities, national labs, and Bell Labs.

AVS Graduate Student Awards

There are five (5) top-level named Graduate Student Awards and four (3) Graduate Research Awards, described below. The recipients of these awards are determined after a general competition with all the graduate research applicants and a presentation to the Awards Committee at the International Symposium.
The finalists are:

  • Swetha Barkam, University of Central Florida
  • Grant Langlois, University of Chicago
  • Hyosun Lee, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
  • Andrew Mannix, Northwestern University
  • Takat Rawal, University of Central Florida
  • Kasra Sardashti, University of California, San Diego
  • Debalaya Sarker, Indian Institue of Technology Delhi, India
  • Thomas Winkler, University of Maryland, College Park

The Russell and Sigurd Varian Award was established in 1982 to commemorate the pioneering work of Russell and Sigurd
Varian. It is presented to recognize and encourage excellence in graduate studies in the sciences and technologies of interest to AVS. The award is supported by Varian, Inc. It consists of a cash award, a certificate, and reimbursed travel support to attend the International Symposium.

The Nellie Yeoh Whetten Award was established in 1989, in the spirit of Nellie Yeoh Whetten, to recognize and encourage excellence by women in graduate studies in the sciences and technologies of interest to AVS. A fund to support the award was established by Timothy J. Whetten, friends and family of Nellie Yeoh Whetten, and AVS. The award consists of a cash award, a certificate, and reimbursed travel support to attend the International Symposium.

The Dorothy M. and Earl S. Hoffman Award was established in 2002 to recognize and encourage excellence in graduate studies in the sciences and technologies of interest to AVS. It is funded by a bequest from Dorothy M. Hoffman, who was president of AVS in 1974 and held other positions of responsibility in the Society. The award consists of a cash award, a certificate, and reimbursed travel support to attend the International Symposium.

The Dorothy M. and Earl S. Hoffman Scholarships were established in 2002 to recognize and encourage excellence in graduate studies in the sciences and technologies of interest to AVS. They are funded by a bequest from Dorothy M. Hoffman. The scholarships consist of a cash award, a certificate, and reimbursed travel support to attend the International Symposium.

The Graduate Research Awards were established in 1984 to recognize and encourage excellence in graduate studies in the sciences and technologies of interest to AVS. Each consists of a cash award, a certificate, and reimbursed travel support to attend the International Symposium.


AVS Fellows

AVS Fellows are members who have made outstanding contributions in areas of interest to AVS.

  • Susan Burkett, The University of Alabama
  • Charles T. Campbell, University of Washington
  • Matthew J. Goeckner, The University of Texas at Dallas
  • Alberto HerreraGomez, CINVESTAV-Unidad Querétaro
  • Gregory Kimmel, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Yue Kuo, Texas A&M University
  • Rosa A. Lukaszew, The College of William and Mary
  • Manos Mavrikakis, University of WisconsinMadison
  • Sally McArthur, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
  • Anders Mikkelsen, Lund University, Sweden
  • Talat Rahman, University of Central Florida
  • Steven J. Sibener, The University of Chicago
  • Arthur Utz, Tufts University
  • Peter L.G. Ventzek, Tokyo Electron America Inc.
  • Jason F. Weaver, University of Florida



Morton M. Traum Surface Science Division Student Award

The Surface Science Student Award was initiated in 1981. Morton M. Traum, then chair of the Surface Science Division, was the prime motivator in establishing the award. After Mort’s untimely death on 1 December 1982, the Executive Committee of the Surface Science Division renamed the award in his memory. The Morton M. Traum Surface Science Division Student Award is presented annually for the best student paper based on work leading to a Ph.D thesis. The papers are judged on technical content and quality of presentation.

The 2017 winner will be announced in the Traum Student Award Ceremony, to be held on Thursday, November 2, at 12:30 pm in Room 25 of the Tampa Convention Center.

Past Winners:

1981 Eric Stuve
1982 Steven Gates
1983 Ann Smith
1984 Hans Gossman
1985 Duane Outka
1986 Greg Sitz
1987 Michael Henderson
1988 Jeff Hanson
1989 Yunong (Neal) Yang
1990 Benjamin Wiegand
1991 David Peale
1992 Chaochin Su
1993 Anna Swan
1994 Bert M. Müller
1995 Frank Zimmermann
1996 Joseph Carpinelli
1997 Barry Stipe
1998 Alexander Bogicevic
1999 Jongin Hahn
2000 Anders Carlsson
2001 Jeppe Vang Lauritsen
2002 Seth B. Darling
2003 Marcel A. Wall
2004 Emrah Ozensoy
2005 Jan Haubrich
2006 Petro Maksymovych
2007 Bogdan Diaconescu
2008 Jeibin Sun
2009 Qing Hua
2010 Heather Tierney
2011 David Siegel
2012 April Jewell
2013 Xiaofeng Feng
2014 Feng Zhang
2015 Holly Walen
2016 Andrew Therrien

John Coburn and Harold Winters Student Award in Plasma Science and Technology

In 1994, the Plasma Science and Technology Division established the Coburn and Winters Award in honor of John Coburn and Harold Winters. Coburn and Winters have made pioneering contributions to the field of plasma science, especially in plasma processing and plasmasurface interactions. Their work has provided inspiration for countless students entering the field of plasma science and enhanced the experiences of students by both example and mentorship. The Coburn-Winters Award winner winner will be announced on Thursday, November 2 during the afternoon break.

Past Winners:

1994 Bruce Kellerman
1995 Not Given
1996 Jane Chang
1997 Mikhail Malyshev
1998 Catherine Labelle
1999 Erwin Kessels
2000 Siva Kanakasabapathy
2001 Nicholas Fuller
2002 Lin Sha
2003 Jan Benedikt
2004 Jun Belen
2005 Joseph Végh
2006 Lin Xu
2007 Joydeep Guha
2008 Emile Despiau-Pujo
2009 Yang Yang
2010 Bhavin Jariwala
2011 Harald B. Profijt
2012 Joe Lee
2013 Rohan Chaukulkar
2014 Bastien Bruneau
2014 Paul Rumbach
2015 Hu Li
2016 Souvik Ghosh

Leo M. Falicov Student Award

The Leo M. Falicov Student Award has been established in memory of Prof. Leo M. Falicov to recognize outstanding research performed by a graduate student in areas of interest to the Magnetic Interfaces and Nanostructures Division. Finalists will be selected on the basis of abstract submission, and will each receive an award upon attending the AVS 64th International Symposium and Exhibition and presenting their paper in an oral session. The Best Student Paper Award winner will be selected on the basis of the oral presentation, considering quality of research and clarity of presentation.

Past Winners:

1999 W.H. Rippard
2000 R.D. Portugal
2001 D.B. Schultz
2002 E.L. Biizdaca
2003 Tiffany Kaspar
2004 Maria Torija
2005 Jessica Hilton
2006 Randy Dumas
2007 David Wisbey
2007 John Strachan
2008 Zhuhua Cai
2009 Wei Han
2010 Kangkang Wang
2011 Juan Colon-Santana
2012 Chloe Baldasseroni
2013 Jason Kawasaki
2013 Kaida Yang
2014 Henry Wortelen
2015 Andrada-Oana Mandru

Paul H. Holloway Young Investigator Award

The Thin Film Division is pleased to announce Bharat Jalan, University of Minnesota, as the 2017 awardee of the Paul H. Holloway Young Investigator Award. Dr. Jalan has been given the award for his pioneering contributions to the fields atomic layer deposition and related theoretical and experimental work in thin film science and technology.

This award is named after Prof. Paul H. Holloway of the University of Florida who has a distinguished and continuing career of scholarship and service to AVS. The nominee is a young scientist or engineer who has contributed outstanding theoretical and experimental work in an area important to the Thin Film Division of AVS. The nominee’s Ph.D. or equivalent degree must have been earned less than 7 years prior to January 1 of the award year. The award consists of a cash prize, a certificate citing the accomplishments of the recipient, and an honorary lecture at one of the TFD oral sessions at the International Symposium.

Past Winners:

2009 Suneel Kodambaka, UCLA
2010 O. Martin Ntwaaborwa, Univ. of the Free State, South Africa
2011 Sumit Agarwal, Colorado School of Mines
2012 Franklin Tao, University of Notre Dame
2013 Per Eklund, Linköping University
2014 Andrea Illiberi, Dutch Inst for Applied Scientifc Res (TNO)
2015 Cunjian Yu, University of Houston
2016 Neil Dasgupta, University of Michigan

Nanometer-scale Science and Technology Division Awards Competition for Graduate Students and Postdocs

The Nanometer-scale Science and Technology Division (NSTD) Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Awards bring recognition to outstanding work by early-career scientists giving oral presentations in NSTD sessions at AVS International Symposia. In addition to presenting their work in the standard NSTD sessions, finalists also make brief presentations at the NSTD Awards Competition. This public special event is held at noon on Wednesday of the symposium in the same room as the standard NSTD sessions. The winners will be selected based on the quality of the talk, the responses to questions, and the level of the research. Winners in the graduate student and postdoctoral categories are announced at the close of the competition.

Graduate Student Award Winners:

2002 Jeremy Steinshinder
2003 Cheol-Soo Yang
2004 Qiguang Li
2005 Kiu-Yuen Tse
2006 Tracie Colburn
2006 Dirk Weber
2007 Jacob Palmer
2008 Qing Hua Wang
2009 Mehmet Baykara
2010 Farzad Behafarid
2011 Justice Alaboson
2012 David Reid
2013 Cédric Barroo
2014 Deep Jariwala
2015 Wei Bao
2016 Alma Perez-Perinno

Nanotechnology Recognition Award

The Nanotechnology Recognition Award recognizes members of NSTD for outstanding scientific and technical contributions in the science of nanometer-scale structures, technology transfer involving nanometer-scale structures, and/or the promotion and dissemination of knowledge and development in these areas. The Award will be presented before the recipient’s talk at the AVS International Symposium. The 2017 Awardee is Mark Hersam, Northwestern University.

Past Winners:

2001 Nancy Burnham, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
2004 Harold Craighead, Cornell University
2009 Joseph Stroscio, NIST
2010 Roland Wiesendanger, University of Hamburg
2011 Phaedon Avouris, IBM Yorktown Heights
2012 Fleming Besenbacher, Aarhus University
2013 Joseph Lyding, University of Illinois
2014 Dawn A. Bonnell, University of Pennsylvania
2015 Meyya Meyyapan, NASA Ames Research Center 2016 Ricardo Garcia, CSIC


Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Davidson Ballroom
Music City Center

6:30 PM

Recognition of outstanding scientific research and technological innovation is one of the most important activities within AVS.

Through our prestigious award program, the Society seeks to honor a wide range of extraordinary accomplishments vital to progress in fields of interest to AVS. Selection for an AVS award is a reflection of contributions judged exceptional by the AVS Trustees who are elected by the AVS membership.

Awards given by AVS are offered to recognize outstanding individual accomplishments in the fields of interest to the Society.

For more information on AVS Awards and to view past recipients 

Procedures and Forms:

Professional Awards (Due 3/31):
Nomination Procedures Checklist

George T. Hanyo Award (Due 3/31):
Nomination Procedures Checklist

Fellow (Due 3/31):
Nomination Procedures Checklist

Theodore E. Madey Award (Due 2/4/15):
Nomination Procedures

National Student Awards (Due 5/4):
Nomination Procedures Checklist