CSA Roger W. Boom Award will be presented at the ASC

The Roger W. Boom Award is named in honor of the emeritus professor from the University of Wisconsin.  Dr. Boom’s career spanned more than thirty years during which he motivated a large number of young scientists and engineers to pursue careers in cryogenic engineering and applied superconductivity.


Selection Criteria
Candidates for the Roger W. Boom Award must be, at the time of application, under 40 years of age and permanently employed by US industry, government laboratories or universities. The particular area of expertise of the candidate is not a criterion, but industrial experience is desirable.


Selection Committee
Applicants will be judged by the selection committee, which consists of individuals familiar with Dr. Boom’s career.  The committee is presently chaired by Dr. Steven Van Sciver, who worked closely with Dr. Boom for many years. The CSA Board of Technical Directors will make the final determination of the award.


The Roger W. Boom Award consists of a US$ 1,000 check, a plaque, and a one-year complimentary membership in CSA.


Previous Roger W. Boom Awardees

    •     Dr. Christopher M. Rey, Dupont Superconductivity   (now at Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
    •     Prof. Justin Schwartz, NHMFL – Florida State University  (now at North Carolina State U.)         
    •     Dr. Chao Wang, Cryomech, Inc.
    •     Dr. Franz J. Baudenbacher, Vanderbilt University
    •     Dr. Terry L. Grimm, NSCL – Michigan State University (now at Niowave, Inc.)
    •     Dr. Jeffrey Parrell,  Oxford Instruments Superconductivity
    •     Prof. Gregory Nellis, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    •     Prof. Philippe Masson, University of Houston, Texas Center for Superconductivity


Nomination Process
Nominations are now closed.


The 2012 Roger W. Boom Awardee is:

Dr. Joel Ullom
Project Leader
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Boulder, Colorado



The Roger W. Boom Award is given to Dr. Joel Ullom for his exceptional contributions in applied superconductivity and cryogenic engineering.  These contributions include the demonstration of the first practical on-chip quantum refrigerators, the development of new superconducting x-ray and gamma-ray spectrometers that provide new capabilities both for industrial materials analysis and nuclear materials accounting, and the development and commercialization of an important cryogenic system.