AWS Achievement Awards Programs

The AWS Awards are designed to recognize men and women in the industrial, education and research communities who have made distinctive contributions to advance the science, technology and application of welding and allied processes, including joining, brazing and soldering, cutting and thermal spraying.


Awards Recognizing Outstanding Achievements

Robert J. Conkling Memorial Award:
This is a restricted award recognizing schools that produce the national winners of the SkillsUSA welding competition.

AWS Extraordinary Welding Awards:
These awards recognize welding excellence in construction, fabrication, and manufacturing and to designate those welded structures that purpose has important in, or influence on, history. 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.

Poster Session Awards:
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.

Howard E. Adkins Memorial Instructor Membership Award:
This award is recognized at the National, District and Section levels. The nominee is selected at least 12 months in advance of the AWS Welding Show. Selections are made during the annual District Conference meetings for all three levels. District and Section level recognitions are automatic but National level nominee information is submitted to the AWS Awards Committee for final selection. A nomination form must be completed along with an introduction letter of support and a complete resume or CV of the individual’s qualifications.

Professor Koichi Masubuchi Award:
This award is sponsored by the Center for Ocean Engineering at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 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. Nomination packets must be submitted at least 12 months in advance of the FABTECH exposition.

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 tap103@psu.edu

Colleague Masubuchi Letter (word)

Kenneth L. Brown Memorial Safety and Health Award:
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.

Image of Welding Awards:
The AWS Welding Equipment Manufacturers Committee (WEMCO), announces the recipients of the fourth annual Image of Welding Awards. Divided into seven categories, these awards recognize individuals and organizations who have excelled in promoting the image of welding in their communities.

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2010 Image of Welding Award Winners

Distinguished Welder Award:
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.

AWS Counselor:
This recognition is selected by the AWS Counselor Committee based on specific criteria at least 16 months in advance of the AWS Welding Show.

Recent and Past Fellows and Counselors
AWS 2015 Counselor Application (pdf)
Letter Layout Sample (pdf)

AWS Fellow:
This recognition is selected by the AWS Counselor Committee based on specific criteria at least 16 months in advance of the AWS Welding Show.

Recent and Past Fellows and Counselors
AWS 2015 Fellow Application (pdf)
Letter Layout Sample (pdf)

For pdf directory downloads and nomination forms please use the links on the left hand side of this page under "AWS Awards Directory".

View Past Winners