6/3/2003 - Ian Douglas Smith, Deputy General Manager and senior scientist at The Titan Corporationís Pulse Science Division, headquartered in San Leandro, CA, has been named one of the winners of this year's 2003 Global Energy Prize, which will be presented in St. Petersburg, Russia, on June 15, 2003 during the cityís 300th anniversary celebrations.
Smith will share the first-ever award of the Global Energy Prize, worth $900,000, with two other scientists, Gennady Mesiats of Russia and Nick Holonyak Jr., a professor at the University of Illinois.
In announcing the award, the Global Energy Prize Award International Committee said that Dr. Smith was selected for giving birth to a new direction in the field of energy through fundamental research and development in the field of powerful pulse energy that has led to unique pulse energy systems and equipment being designed and used successfully around the globe.
"The 2003 Global Energy prize winners are bright scientists and personalities, great physicists, who have been working with high energy systems for many years," said Zhores Alferov, chairman of the Global Energy Prize Award International Committee and 2000 Nobel Prize laureate in physics. "This year we decided to select scientists whose work has been and is still important both to the 20th Century and the future. Their research has revealed new horizons."
Smith has been a leader in the development of modern pulse power for over 40 years, and has been prominent in the development of large pulse power machines that can now deliver power levels up to tens of terawatts for a fraction of a microsecond. For his research and innovation in the pulse energy field, he has garnered six patents. In 1983, Smith was the first American recipient of IEEEís Erwin Marx Award, in recognition of his outstanding technical achievements in pulsed power engineering science and technology over an extended period of time.
"Ian Smith is truly a most innovative scientist," said Gene Ray, Titan chairman, president and CEO. ďDuring Ianís 16 years with Titan, his commitment to excellence in scientific research has resulted in numerous breakthroughs and advancements within the pulse power field. He is exceptionally worthy of this international honor."
"Powerful pulse energy" -- or pulse power as it is more commonly known -- is the science of generating and using extremely high power in short duration electrical pulses. Originally developed for national security purposes, the field now has a variety of potential commercial and industrial applications, ranging from the adequacy of shielding or "hardening" of satellite electronics to the purification of water.
According to the committee, 400 specialists from around the world, including 240 foreign and 160 Russian scientists, and over 40 research works were nominated for the prize, which was first established last year. Five finalist research works were put forward by a Commission of Experts and judged on science value, practical relevance, originality, and importance to the world.
Headquartered in San Diego, The Titan Corporation is a leading provider of comprehensive information and communications systems solutions and services to the Department of Defense, intelligence agencies, and other federal government customers. The company has approximately 10,500 employees and current annualized sales of approximately $1.5 billion.
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