Alumni Award 2018
Last year we implemented a new alumni award. The award is given out to a Physics Department alumnus for exceptional achievements and/or service. The award is not limited to physics but covers all areas that our alumni excel in. If you can think of someone to nominate, please send a letter to the Department Chair, Daniel Kim-Shapiro or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) describing why that person is a good candidate for this award. Note that the award will have a modest monetary component.
We are pleased to announce that Reynolds Professor Emeritus Richard Williams is the inaugural winner of the annual Physics Department Outstanding Alumni Award. Dr. Williams accepted the award at a special physics colloquium on September 5, 2018. Dr. Williams retired earlier this year after 31 years of service as a Reynolds professor. It is fitting that Dr. Williams will be our first winner of the Alumni award; he was the first Speas Award recipient for distinguished work in physics (our highest undergraduate award), he mentored the first Physics PhD graduate, and was the first endowed professor within the Department. Dr. Williams, an international expert in scintillators and ultrafast laser spectroscopy, has helped to significantly increase the reputation and visibility of the Physics Department.