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Nominations for URA Engineering Award Now Closed

Awardee to be Announced at Annual Fermilab Users Meeting June 2024


The URA Engineering Award is one of the honorary awards conferred annually by the Universities Research Association (URA). This award recognizes exceptional and outstanding contributions to the advancement of all fields of engineering. The work for which the award is made must be conducted by an engineer at Fermilab or in collaboration with Fermilab technical staff, scientists, and engineers.  The awardee has shown outstanding character and leadership and has accomplished meaningful work for Fermilab and Society.

The URA Engineering Award is presented at the June Fermilab Users Meeting.

The awardee will receive $10,000 from URA and present their work at the Users Meeting.


All engineer staff and researchers at Fermilab or URA member institutions who have completed an engineering degree (B.S., M.S., Ph.D.) are eligible. The work for which the award is made must be conducted by an engineer at Fermilab or in collaboration with Fermilab technical staff, scientists, and engineers. The work that may be experimental, theoretical, or a contribution to instrumentation, computing, technology, or innovation.


  1) Name and title of the nominator. Self-nominations are welcome.

  2) Nominee’s CV, including invited talks and publications.*

  3) List of outreach, mentoring, community, and leadership engagement activities.*

  4) Two support letters. None of the letters must come from the nominee under any circumstances, including self-nominations.*

  5) Statement, by the nominator, 4 pages max, describing research/technical work and demonstrating engineering insight and creativity.

  6) Statement, 250 words max, highlighting the work’s direct benefit to Fermilab’s mission.

* For team nominations this information is required for each team member.

​Nominations must be submitted to ura-engineering@fnal.gov by Friday, April 5, 2024. All nomination material should be sent in electronic form, .pdf preferably.

Call for Nominations

The call for nominations will be issued on January 22, 2024 by the Award Committee Chair, FNAL CRO, and URA.

Notification Process

By May 6th, 2024, the committee chair will inform URA and the CRO of the selected awardee and will subsequently inform the award recipient.

Engineering Award Committee

The URA Engineering Award Committee members reflect a sufficiently diverse representation of disciplines and expertise to ensure eligible nominees’ appropriate and fair consideration.   The members and chair of the award committee are appointed by the Fermilab Director/CRO.

Mayling L. Wong-Squires (Accelerators)Co-ChairFermilab
Jamieson T. Olsen (Particle Physics)ChairFermilab
Tug Arkan (APS-TD)MemberFermilab
Gustavo Cancelo (Computational Science/AI)MemberFermilab
Matt Hollister (Emerging Technologies/Quantum)MemberFermilab
Silvia Zorzetti (Emerging Technologies/Quantum)MemberFermilab