Awards

Awards Information

Each year, WMS and its supporters recognize and present awards to several individuals based on their contributions in radioactive waste and radioactive material management. Below is a list of awards presented at the Honors & Awards Luncheon, held on Tuesday at the annual WM Symposia Conference.

Click on the program to see the WM2017 award winners. 
To see a full list of past award winners click here

WMS Fellow Award
The WM Symposia (WMS) established the honor of Fellow in 2011. The objective is to recognize volunteers for distinguished contributions to the advancement of radioactive waste and radioactive material management. Elevation to the status of WMS Fellow is attained through peer recognition and confirmation by the WMS Board of Directors (BOD). Newly elected WMS Fellows are formally inducted into WMS Fellowship by the President of WMS. New WMS Fellows are recognized at the Tuesday Honors & Awards Luncheon at the annual conference. Nominate one of your peers for the Fellow award. Click here for nomination criteria, instructions and the nomination form. Nominations are due by August 11, 2017.

Wendell D. Weart Lifetime Achievement Award
The Wendell D. Weart Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the long-term commitment of the recipient to solving major nuclear waste challenges, which may include education, research, public policy, or implementation of solutions for managing nuclear wastes and whose actions have contributed to the resolution of significant nuclear waste management issues. This award is sponsored by Sandia National Laboratories. 

Program Advisory Committee (PAC) Award
WM Symposia has established the WMS Program Advisory Committee Award to annually recognize an individual whose outstanding contributions have helped make and keep the annual Waste Management Conference the world’s premier conference on the management and disposal of nuclear waste. 

WMS/ASME Sarge Ozker Award
Named in honor of M. Sacid (Sarge) Ozker and established in 1980, this award is bestowed for distinguished service and eminent achievement in the commercialization of nuclear power/energy with particular emphasis in the field of radioactive waste management. It is presented by the Nuclear Engineering Division - Radwaste Systems Operating Committee of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). 

Best Oral Presentations
WMS recognizes the two best oral presentation/papers from the previous year's conference. The American Nuclear Society (ANS) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) presents an award for the best presentation/papers. 

Best Poster Presentations
Judges select the best poster/paper based on technical quality and preparation of the work. Each track selects the best poster/paper for the best of conference.

WMS Young Professional Award
Starting at WM2017, WM Symposia will present a new award to recognize “Young Professionals” in our field.  The objective is to annually recognize one young professional for their distinguished contributions to the advancement of radioactive waste and radioactive material management. Elevation to the status of “Young Professional” is attained through peer recognition and confirmation by the WMS Board of Directors (BOD). 

Questions? Please contact awards@wmarizona.org.