Presenter: Israel Ruiz, Vice President for Finance
This awardee put his own technical work aside to become interim director of the Haystack Observatory during a period of uncertainty and budgetary challenge. He managed to keep the program running with limited funds and secured $22 million in new funds from federal agencies. And he did it all without thought of reward or recognition. Indeed, he removed his name as a candidate for the permanent directorship to allow a younger person to take over, providing long-term stability. He next took on the difficult task of managing the Murchison Widefield Array project, a collaboration of 13 international organizations with its share of challenging participants. He has worked tirelessly to bring people together as an effective unit, ensuring progress for a high-profile project likely to have major impact on the field of experimental cosmology.
Join me in congratulating Alan Whitney.