IEEE OES Emeritus Award

2018 IEEE OES Emeritus Award

Daniel Alspach is presented the Emeritus Award with appreciation and thanks for his outstanding service to the Society as an elected member of the Administrative and Executive Committee.

Dr. Alspach, a company founder in 1973, served as Vice President/Technical Director till 1980 and has been President of ORINCON Corporation since 1980. As of July 1, 2000, Dr. Alspach was Chairman, President and CEO of ORINCON, Industries, Inc., the parent company. Using his 30+ years of technical and management experience, he has guided ORINCON in its mission of bringing quality systems analysis and software development skills to bear on real-world technical problems.

As President of ORINCON Corporation, Dr. Alspach oversaw all corporate activities while maintaining a strong interest in ORINCON’s technical work. Under contracts to DARPA, the U.S. Navy, and other Government customers, he has led many company efforts, particularly inter-array processing and multiple coherence for ocean surveillance, designed and led the implementation effort for the SOSUS tracker, and the company’s first multi-target/multi-sensor tracking system. He led a DARPA-sponsored technology assessment of key issues in development of antiballistic missile concepts for the Strategic Defense Initiative.

Dr. Alspach is a Fellow Member of the IEEE and past President of the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society and was a member of the Executive Board. He was a founding member of the OES and was on the Council of Oceanic Engineering from its inception in 1976.  He was also on the Board of Directors for the Small Business Technology Coalition. Dr. Alspach has held faculty positions at the University of California at San Diego and at Colorado State University. Prior to founding ORINCON, he investigated spin-off concepts for the ORION nuclear-powered space vehicle at the General Atomic Division of General Dynamics and performed navigation and control studies of manned spacecraft at Honeywell, Inc., in the Advanced Space Flight Systems Division.

Dr. Alspach received his B.S./M.S. in Physics from the University of Washington, 1962 and 1966, respectively, and his Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences from the University of California at San Diego in 1970.


IEEE OES Emeritus Award

Title:  IEEE OES Emeritus Award

Description. The award will be presented to an OES member having been particularly important for the Society and who is no longer in any position of Society governance. A call for nominations will be issued by the Awards Committee, which will choose the recipients.

Administration. Administered by the Oceanic Engineering Society

Eligibility. The recipients shall be member of the IEEE in good standing of at least the grade of Senior Member, and member of the Oceanic Engineering Society. Eligibility and Selection process shall comply with procedures and regulation established in IEEE and Society governing documents, particularly with IEEE Policy 4.4 on Awards Limitations.

Prize Items. Photo-Engraved Plaque

Frequency:  Annual. The award will be given only if a suitable awardee is identified.

Funds.  Potential cost of a conference registration, lodging and travel for the recipient if not already a registrant of the conference where the award is presented. The society’s budget includes the expenses for this award and the Society budget is net positive with the inclusion of the award.

Nominee Solicitation. The OES Awards Committee will issue a call for nominees.

Awards Committee. The Panel for the Emeritus Award shall be the Junior Past President as Chair, the Senior Past President, and another Past President. The Chair may select other members of the Awards Committee according to their qualification for this particular Award. In the event that any of these is nominated for the Emeritus Award, the Chair shall select other members of the Awards Committee to reach a total of at least three referees.

Schedule. The call for nomination is issued at the end of March and closes at the end of May. The recipients are chosen by the end of June. The Awards Committee Chair shall, following the close of nominations, select the members of the Awards Committee appropriate to the qualifications of the nominees to serve, with him or her as chair.

Selection/Basis for Judging.  The Awards Committee requests a nomination form providing the listing of qualifications of the nominee relevant to the award criteria.

Presentation. The Award will be presented at the Fall OCEANS conference.

Publicity. The call shall be publicized in the Society Newsletter, The Beacon; the Society’s website, the Society’s LinkedIn page; and other Society media. The announcement shall also be forwarded to other professional publications, both physical and virtual.


Past IEEE OES Emeritus Award Recipients

2018     Daniel Alspach

2017     Joseph Czika

2016     Fred Maltz

2015     Joseph Vadus & Claude Brancart

2014     Glen Williams, Stan Chamberlain & Norman Miller