I have been fortunate to be recognized professionally for my research, teaching, and public outreach.  Much credit goes to my colleagues with whom I have worked at Montana State University and the NOAA Environmental Technology Laboratory.  

Outstanding ECE Researcher, 2006

Annual award from the College of Engineering at Montana State University.

Fellow, Optical Society of America 


I was elected a Fellow of OSA in October 2003 ... "for leadership in optical remote sensing of the environment and promotion of broad appreciation of natural optics."

Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)

[The White House, Washington, DC]

award at White House


I received this award at The White House in February 1999.  The PECASE is the highest honor that can be awarded by the United States to scientists and engineers early in their career.  The award recognizes outstanding accomplishment and promise for continued excellence as national leaders in scientific research. 


Professor Vilho Vaisala Award

[World Meteorological Organization - WMO]


This international award recognizes outstanding work in the area of meteorological sensors and their application, especially to problems of global significance. I was awarded the Vaisala award in 2000 along with Dr. Ed Westwater and other colleagues for our development and deployment of a suite of atmospheric remote sensors in Papua New Guinea in the early 1990s, which laid the foundation for the Atmospheric Radiation Measurments (ARM) sites in the Tropical Western Pacific.

Outstanding Scientific Paper Award


The NOAA Research Laboratories chose a paper from my Ph.D. research work for this award [J. A. Shaw and J. H. Churnside, "Scanning-laser glint measurements of sea-surface slope statistics," Applied Optics 36(18), 4202-4213 (1997)].       (327 kb)

Outstanding Student Engineer of the Year

[University of Alaska]

In 1986 I was chosen for this award that recognizes an individual as the outstanding student in the College of Engineering at the University of Alaska.    

Fellowships and Scholarships

  • Optical Sciences Center Scholarship, University of Arizona 1993-1994
  • NOAA Fellowship for training at the Optical Sciences Center, 1992-1993
  • Enhanced Teaching Assistantship for recruiting promising graduate students, University of Utah, 1987-1988
  • ARCO scholarship, College of Engineering, University of Alaska, 1986-1987