Distinguished Service Award

2020 Distinguished Service Award

N. Ross Chapman

Each year, the Distinguished Service Award of the Oceanic Engineering Society honors a member of the Society for outstanding service in furthering the objectives and activities of the Society.

On behalf of the Society it is an honor to present this year’s Distinguished Service Award to N. Ross Chapman for his service as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering (2012-2017), Chair of the OES Chapter Victoria BC, Chair the OES Fellow Evaluation Committee (2017), and for his contributions to the governance of the Society as an elected member of the Administrative and Executive Committees.

Ross joined the Editorial Board of the IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering in 2005 and was elected Editor in Chief of the Journal in October 2012. During his 5-year-plus tenure as Editor in Chief, Ross expanded the Editorial Board and oversaw an increase in the overall impact of the Journal as quantified by metrics in the Journal Citation Reports (for instance the Impact Factor), placing the Journal well ahead of some of its larger competitors. For reference, the impact factor of the Journal is just above 3 today.

Ross served OES in several other respects, at the local level as Chair of the Victoria British Columbia Chapter, and at the Society Level as Chair of the Fellow Society Evaluation Committee and member of the Administrative and Executive Committees. While serving in such capacities Ross always maintained a high degree of diplomacy and equanimity.

Ross has also mentored many students and young professionals. He is a true educator. He readily shares his experimental data sets, a commendable practice with all too few practitioners, and he encourages others, especially junior colleagues, to use these data while offering valuable advice and guidance.

Past Recipients of the Distinguished Service Award of the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society
2019 Marinna Martini
2018 Jerry Carroll
2017 Robert L. Wernli
2016 Harumi Sugimatsu
2015 Elizabeth Creed
2014 Diane DiMassa
2013 Robert Bannon
2012 Robert Spindel
2011 James Barbera
2010 Thomas Freud Wiener
2009 Christian de Moustier
2008 Archie Todd Morrison III
2007 Stephen M. Holt
2006 Rene Garello
2005 Claude P. Brancart
2004 William M. Carey
2003 Joseph Czika
2002 James S. Collins
2001 Claude P. Brancart
2000 Frederick H. Maltz
1999 Pierre Sabathé
1998 Norman D. Miller
1997 Ferial M. El-Hawary
1996 Glen N. Williams
1995 David E. Weissman
1994 Daniel L. Alspach
1993 Edward W. Early
1992 Gordon Raisbeck
1991 Frederick H. Fisher
1990 Anthony I. Eller
1989 Eric Herz
1988 Harold A. Sabbagh
1987 Stanley L. Ehrlich
1986 Stanley G. Chamberlain
1985 Joseph R. Vadus
1984 John C. Redmond
1983 Elmer P. Wheaton
1982 Arthur S. Westneat
1981 Lloyd Z. Maudlin
1980 Donald M. Bolle
1979 Richard M. Emberson
1978 Edward W. Early
1977 Calvin T. Swift
1976 Frank Snodgrass
1975 Arthur S. Westneat