Outstanding Early Career Award

Purpose of the Award

  1. To identify, recognize, and publicize high achieving Nuclear Engineering alumni who are no more than 10 years since the completion of their formal education.
  2. To demonstrate, particularly to students, that Penn State Nuclear Engineering alumni can succeed in exceptional fashion at an early stage of their professional careers.
  3. To stimulate an increased level of activity and identity between prominent recently graduated alumni and the NucE Department and College of Engineering, particularly students, faculty, and administration, including the Radiation and Engineering Science Center.
  4. To add a dimension to the academic curriculum not otherwise available in the traditional college classroom by fostering close connection among prominent recent graduates, undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, alumni, Department administrators and staff, the Radiation Science and Engineering Center, and the College of Engineering.
  5. To provide an additional means of recognizing underrepresented alumni constituencies. 

Eligibility

This award recognizes a nuclear engineering graduate (at any level, i.e. B.S., M.S., Ph.D.) from Penn State who has demonstrated exemplary contributions in the engineering profession since graduation. These contributions can include (but are not limited to): technical or research advancements, leadership contributions, academic achievements, community involvement, humanitarian contributions. The award will recognize a graduate who is less than 10 years beyond the receipt of his or her terminal degree (from any institution, as long as [at least] one of their degrees was in Nuclear Engineering from Penn State).

Nomination Process

  1. Nominations for the PSNES Outstanding Early Career Award (OECA), which can be made without the nominee's awareness or consent, are to be submitted to the PSNES OECEA Selection Committee at PSNESEarlyCareer@mne.psu.edu. Nominations are solicited from PSNES, Department faculty, staff, students, student-led organizations, NucE alumni, and industrial partners who are active in department or Radiation Science and Engineering Center projects.
  2. The initial call for nominations will occur December and will close on January 25th.
  3. The PSNES Selection Committee will convene (in person or via teleconference) in November/December to review nominations and to recommend a candidate by February 15th.
  4. The Chair of the Nuclear Engineering Program will (subsequently or concurrently) review and approve the Committee's recommendation, and the awardee will be notified in February.
  5. The award recipient will be notified of his or her selection by the office of the Chair of the Nuclear Engineering Program. The recipient will be invited to return to the University Park campus for special recognition activities. Expenses for travel and lodging for the award recipient and guest(s) will be borne by the recipient.
  6. The award recipient will be recognized during the annual Senior Recognition Banquet. Award recipients will be expected to attend the banquet in person.
  7. The award will be made public via posting on the NucE Department website's PSNES landing page subsequent to the Senior Recognition Banquet.

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The Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering at Penn State is one of the top ranked nuclear engineering programs in the United States. A strong focus on experimental research distinguishes us from many other programs. Our actively growing program has 8 faculty members and almost 90 graduate students. In the Radiation Science and Engineering Center, nuclear engineering students can take advantage of the Breazeale Nuclear Reactor, the longest operating university research reactor in the country. Visit nuce.psu.edu for more information.

Department of Nuclear Engineering

137 Reber Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-865-2519