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DEStech Young Composites Researcher Award
Nomination and Election Procedures

Prior to 2011 this was the Elsevier Young Composites Researcher Award

(5/2/07, Approved)

1. INTRODUCTION

An DEStech Young Composites Researcher Award winner is a member of the composites community who early in their career has made a significant impact on the science and technology of composite materials through a sustained research effort.

2. STANDARDS

2.1 Personal Qualifications

2.1.1 The nominees must be members of ASC

2.1.2 The nominees must be no older than 35 the year that they are nominated for the award.

2.1.2 The nominees do not have to be citizens nor residents of the United States.

2.2 Professional Contributions

2.2.1 The nominee for the DEStech Young Composites Researcher Award shall have made outstanding contributions to the science and technology of composite materials by way of analytical modeling, numerical modeling, design methodologies, and/or experimental work that have led to a greater understanding of the behavior of composite materials.

3. PROCEDURES FOR NOMINATION AND ELECTION

3.1 Nomination Procedure

3.1.1 The primary factors in a nomination are a letter from a nominator and a letter of endorsement from a co-nominator that are statements of the contributions made by the nominee.

3.1.2 Nominations may come from any current Member.

3.1.4 Self-nomination is not allowed.

3.2 Nomination packet

3.2.1 Each individual considered for the DEStech Young Composites Researcher Award shall have a nomination packet prepared by a nominator. The nomination packet shall consist of the letter of nomination, the letter of endorsement by a co-nominator, and a copy of the nominee's resume.

3.2.2 Though no special forms are required, the nomination letter, and to some extent, the endorsement letter, shall outline the contributions the nominee has made to the field of composite materials, citing specific examples to emphasize the various contribution.

3.2.3 The letters of the nominator and co-nominator shall include their names, addresses, phone numbers, fax numbers, and email addresses.

3.2.4 When complete, the nomination packet shall be forwarded to the Chair of the Society Awards Committee. Incomplete nomination packages will not be considered.

3.3 Election Procedure

3.3.1 For the purpose of deciding the recipients of the Award, the DEStech Young Composites Researcher Award Selection Committee shall consist of six (6) members. Three (3) members will be appointed by DEStech. Two (2) members will be appointed by the ASC Awards Committee. The Vice-President of ASC and Chair of the Society Awards Committee of the current award year will serve as the Chair of the DEStech Young Composites Researcher Award Selection Committee. The appointed members to the DEStech Young Composites Researcher Award Selection Committee will serve for a five (5) year term.

3.3.2 Upon receipt of the nomination packets for all nominees, the Chair of the DEStech Young Composites Researcher Award Selection Committee shall prepare a ballot for voting for each of the Award nominees. This ballot, along with copies of the nominator and endorsement letters and resume for each nominee, shall be sent to each member of the Award Selection Committee.

3.3.3 Each member of the DEStech Young Composites Researcher Award Selection Committee shall vote for their choice of candidate by ranking the nominees in numerical order. The highest number shall be assigned to the nominee who, in the opinion of the Award Selection Committee member, is most deserving of the Award. The next highest number shall be assigned to the candidate felt to be the next most deserving, etc.

3.3.4 The ballots shall be returned to the Chair of the DEStech Young Composites Researcher Award Selection Committee who will sum the rankings of each nominee. The nominee with the highest total ranking will be declared the recipient of the Award. In the event of a tie, a second ballot shall be circulated.

3.3.5 The election shall be completed in time for the Award to be presented at the Annual Conference.

4.0 POST-ELECTION PROCEDURES

4.1 Notification of Award Recipient

4.1.1 After the results of the balloting have been determined, the Chair shall announce the name of the award recipient to the Award Selection Committee.

4.1.2 The nominator shall have the first right of refusal in the matter of notifying the nominee that they are the award recipient. In any event, the award recipient shall be notified, in writing, as soon as possible.

4.2 Record of nomination and election process

4.2.1 After the awards have been announced, it is the duty of the Chair of the Society Awards Committee to properly file the nomination packets and ballot results so they are available for later consultation, if necessary.

4.2.2 Results of the balloting other than revealing the award recipients shall remain confidential.

4.2.3 For those nominees who were not award recipients, their packets can be used for re-nomination for one more year without updating, if stated in writing by the nominator.