Cryogenic Society of America Roger W. Boom Award


The Roger W. Boom Award is named in honor of the emeritus professor from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Boom’s career spanned more than thirty years during which he motivated a large number of young scientists and engineers to pursue careers in cryogenic engineering and applied superconductivity.

Selection Criteria
Candidates for the Roger W. Boom Award must be, at the time of application, under 40 years of age and permanently employed by US industry, government laboratories or universities. The particular area of expertise of the candidate is not a criterion, but industrial experience is desirable.

Selection Committee
Applicants will be judged by the selection committee, which consists of individuals familiar with Dr. Boom’s career. The committee is presently chaired by Dr. Terry Grimm, who previously received the Boom Award. The CSA Board of Technical Directors will make the final determination of the award.

The Roger W. Boom Award consists of a U.S. $2,000 check, a plaque, and a one-year complimentary membership in CSA.

Previous Roger W. Boom Awardees

Dr. Christopher M. Rey – Dupont Superconductivity (now at Energy to Power Solutions (E2P))
Prof. Justin Schwartz, NHMFL – Florida State University (now at North Carolina State University)
Dr. Chao Wang – Cryomech, Inc.
Dr. Franz J. Baudenbacher – Vanderbilt University
Dr. Terry L. Grimm, NSCL – Michigan State University (now at Niowave, Inc.)
Dr. Jeffrey Parrell – Oxford Instruments Superconductivity
Prof. Gregory Nellis – University of Wisconsin-Madison
Prof. Philippe Masson – University of Houston, Texas Center for Superconductivity
Dr. Joel Ullom – National Institute of Standards and Technology-Boulder
Dr. Danko van der Laan – Advanced Conductor Technologies LLC, Boulder

Nomination Process
Nominations for the 2016 Roger W. Boom Award are now closed.

The 2016 Recipient of the CSA Roger W. Boom Award

Dr. Luisa Chiesa
Tufts University
Medford MA


The Roger W. Boom Award is given to Prof. Luisa Chiesa for her research on the electromechanical characterization of low temperature superconductors (LTS) and high temperature superconductors (HTS) for powerful magnets used in energy systems and basic research. In addition, Dr. Chiesa has established a cryogenic engineering and applied superconductivity laboratory for graduate studies, and continues to educate and mentor young research engineers.

For information about CSA Awards, please visit the Cryogenic Society of America (CSA) website.