Outstanding Achievement Awards
This program has two initial categories, although more may be added later: the original Historical Welded Structure Award and the Outstanding Development in Welded Fabrication Award. The original program was established by AWS in 1993 to recognize and promote the science, technology and application of welding; to encourage members of the welding community to become aware of their metals joining heritage; and to bring public awareness to the fact that the joining of metals has played and continues to play an important role in everyday life. The purpose of the Extraordinary Welding Awards is to recognize welding excellence in construction, fabrication, and manufacturing and to designate those welded structures that purpose has importance in, or influence on, history.
Historical Welded Structure Award nominations may be submitted by any AWS member for consideration by the Past Presidents Committee. Nominations for historical recognition remain valid for two years and the structures must be at least 35 years old. Designation as an AWS Historical Welded Structure does in no way constitute that a structure cannot be altered, removed or destroyed.
Outstanding Development in Welded Fabrication Award nominations may be submitted by any AWS member for consideration by the Past Presidents Committee. Nominations for outstanding development in welded fabrication remain valid for one year. The technological advances made in the structure is the focal point for recognition, rather than the individuals who constructed the structure. Designation as an AWS Outstanding Development in Welded Fabrication Structure does in no way constitute that a structure cannot be altered, removed or destroyed.
- Nomination packets must contain detailed information regarding the formation and function of the structure submitted for consideration.
- The selections are made by the AWS Past Presidents Committee. Nomination packets must be submitted at least 10 months in advance of the AWS Welding Show. Send nominations to Chelsea Steel at firstname.lastname@example.org by February 1.
These awards recognize individuals who create posters that communicate technical accomplishments in a visual format. There are separate recognitions for student and commercial posters. Specifics on how to submit a poster are listed in the Welding Journal magazine at least 12 months prior to the AWS Welding Show. Send nominations to Martica Ventura at email@example.com.
This award will recognize an individual whose welding skills and experience would earn her or him the recognition of being an AWS Distinguished Welder.
- A nomination packet should include information addressing the Definition and candidate's Application Criteria as outlined in the AWS Distinguished Welder Award Nomination Form. The focus of the nomination packet should include specifics of the individual's skills.
- Send nominations by September1 to Chelsea Steel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kenneth L. Brown Memorial Safety and Health Award
This award, sponsored by AWS and selected by the Safety and Health Committee, is presented annually to an individual who best encourages the advancement of welding safety and health through conducting research, education activities, development of safe practices, or the dissemination of knowledge through publications or other means; thereby, fostering public awareness, welfare and education.
- The award is selected by the AWS Safety and Health Committee.
- The nominee is selected at least 10 months in advance of the AWS Welding Show.
- Nominee packets may be submitted for consideration to the committee and must include an introduction letter of support and a complete resume or CV of the individual’s qualifications. Send nominations to Steve Hedrick at email@example.com by December 31.
Robert J. Conkling Memorial Award
This is a restricted award recognizing schools that produce the national winners of the SkillsUSA welding competition.
Professor Koichi Masubuchi Award
This award is sponsored by the Center for Ocean Engineering at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The award will be given to one individual who has made significant contributions in the advancement of the science and technology of materials joining through research and development. The individual is to be 40 years old or younger and may live in any part of the world. The recipient need not be a member of AWS.
- Nomination packets may be submitted for consideration to the AWS Awards Committee and must include an introduction letter of support and a complete resume or CV of the individual’s qualifications.
- Nominations must be received by the deadline of December 31. The award will be presented at the following year's FABTECH show. Submit your nomination to Todd A. Palmer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For full award descriptions, nomination requirements and listing of past recipients, download the National Awards Recognition Package now.