Distinguished Lectureship Award on the Applications of Physics

APS’s Committee on Careers and Professional Development (CCPD) and the Forum on Industrial and Applied Physics (FIAP) seek to recognize and honor physicists in industrial and other non-academic careers for their significant contributions to the advancement of physics of a technical, industrial, or entrepreneurial nature and for their demonstrated ability to give interesting and engaging lectures to both experts and non-experts.  

This award will be given for a one year term. Recipients will be noted on the American Physical Society (APS) website, announced in APS News, and recognized at an annual meeting for their achievements in physics. The award recipients agree to give a minimum of three lectures over a term of one year delivered at a national APS conference, a sectional APS conference, and other venues, such as physics department colloquia, to be arranged by mutual agreement with the recipient and the Selection Committee Chair in consultation with the CCPD and with assistance from APS staff. The Distinguished Lectureship presentations should discuss key aspects of the recipient’s career and professional development in physics, they should be interactive and engaging, and they should be aimed especially at physicists early in their careers. The Distinguished Lectureship will include a $5,000 award and a plaque to be presented at an APS conference following the completion of the Distinguished Lectureship term. Travel costs will be reimbursed by APS up to $5,000.

Establishment & Support

This committee award, established in 2013 by the CCPD and FIAP, serves to stimulate interest and excitement in non-academic career paths in physics, and to expose students, faculty, and physics graduates to a variety of cutting-edge physics problems encountered throughout a successful industrial or other non-academic career. The award is endowed by FIAP.

Rules & Eligibility

This annual award will be given to an individual physicist, and more than one award may be made each year. Nominees need not be members of the APS or FIAP, and nominations remain active for three years.

Nomination & Selection Process

Deadline: Friday, June 30, 2017

The awardee will present at the APS March Meeting 2018, and the lectureship term will begin September 1, 2018. The nomination must include:

  • A letter of not more than 2 pages evaluating the nominee’s most significant contributions that qualify the nominee for this award and other related accomplishments. Invited talks that the nominee has given on his/her research should be included.
  • A one sentence description of the work being cited, and suggested title for the lecture series.
  • The nominee’s curriculum vita of not more than three pages, and/or brief biographical sketch.

In addition, the nomination should include:

  • A list of the nominee’s important publications or patents relating to the work cited or lecture series topic
  • At least two, but not more than four, seconding letters.
  • Up to four of the most important reprints, preprints, patents, or other written publications from the above list
  • One video clip of the nominee giving a presentation. Video must be in YouTube format, and permissions set so that anyone with the link can view the video.

Video clips should be uploaded to YouTube, and a link to the video should be submitted in the form. Please ensure that the submitted YouTube videos are set to be visible to anyone who has the link. Also please ensure that the YouTube link submitted begins with "http" and NOT "https" (simply delete the "s" from the link address).

To start a new or update a continuing nomination, please see the Prize & Award Nomination Guidelines.

2018 Selection Committee Members: TBD


Serving a diverse and inclusive community of physicists worldwide is a primary goal for APS. Nominations of qualified women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and scientists from outside the United States are especially encouraged.

2017 Recipient

Rudolf M. Tromp
IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center

Rudolf M. Tromp

Past Recipients

2016: Raymond G. Beausoleil
2015: James J. Wynne
2014: Paul M. Grant