"Tooting one's own horn"

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"Tooting one's own horn"

Post by Richard Hull » Thu May 02, 2013 3:40 pm

As Carl Greninger and I just recently shared our ANS talks and their successes, I though I would note that I was ultimately rewarded by my peers for my efforts.

As the word spread among my engineering peers, related to my fusion work and work with others in academia on getting youth interested in enginering and physics, I would, in 2010, receive the Richmond Joint Engineering Council's Lifetime Achievement award at their yearly awards banquet held at the prestigious old Jefferson Hotel. (note: this was the first time the award was given and starts a tradition now at RJEC) This made me very proud as it was a sort of capstone for my lifelong love of amateur science and bringing youth and others into the world of science and engineering. My speech before all gathered at the banquet summed all this up.

Carl Willis would write a nice letter of recommendation to the RJEC, as well, related to this award. Thanks Carl.

While notably proud, I realize that this plaque and $7.50 would get me a mocha latte supreme at Starbucks.

I attach a couple of photos

1. The ever dapper, me, with the award plaque
2. My wife, kit, and I, (seated), talk with the President of the RJEC.
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My wife and I are congratulated by the head of the joint engineering council
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Here I am accepting the award (speech) they got my first name wrong. It shows how engineers can screw up even an awards dinner.
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At work in my office, the next day. Raise! Oh no! Two attaboys and a pat on the back!
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Re: "Tooting one's own horn"

Post by Nick Peskosky » Thu May 02, 2013 6:20 pm

First off, congratulations Richard! It's always great to see those who have a dedicated interest/curiosity in science, engineering, and mathematics share and develop that same passion with the youth of the next generation. Although Fusion will remain inevitably "20 years away", teaching and inspiring the next generation of scientists, engineers, and thinkers is something we can achieve in the here and now. Forums like this serve as great opportunities for a wide range of amateur physicists/engineers/garage-tinkers to cultivate and help the youth we entrust to carry forward the torch of intellectual exploration. Keep up the good work!
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Re: "Tooting one's own horn"

Post by Richard Hull » Thu May 02, 2013 7:14 pm

Thanks for the kudos, "Nick".

So far two people who know me personally have talked to me about this post and note that I look good in the pictures. Yeah, I clean up real good.


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Fusion is the energy of the future....and it always will be
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Re: "Tooting one's own horn"

Post by John Futter » Fri May 03, 2013 8:34 am

Richard
well earned
all of this is very good for the amateur science effort

and on a personal note it should of happened long ago

again well done

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Re: "Tooting one's own horn"

Post by Steven Sesselmann » Fri May 03, 2013 10:33 am

Richard,

Congratulations, on the award, you deserve it.

Look pretty sharp in that hat too, you might have a future selling aluminium siding if retirement gets too boring.

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Re: "Tooting one's own horn"

Post by Richard Hull » Fri May 03, 2013 3:34 pm

Thanks again to all. As for retirment, I really look forward to it, about this time next year. However, sometimes I think that I should be careful what I wish for.

I feel I have enough stuff at home and in my life left undone, on the back burner and promised myself to get back to, that I can remain busy once unchained from the prostitution of the daily grind....Even though like some prostitutes I tend to enjoy my work, but there comes a time when you are just not up for it anymore.

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Re: "Tooting one's own horn"

Post by Jim Kovalchick » Fri May 17, 2013 12:05 pm

Richard,
Yours is the gift that keeps on giving. You and other perennial members of this forum have an impressive record of grooving a path for youths who have the raw material for scientific achievement. The yearly crop of ISEF participants and winners associated with the Neutron Club is certainly unprecedented in its success at that fair. This years neutron crop of graduating seniors heading for engineering, science, and math study at places like MIT, Cal Tech, and the University of Michigan joins many before them at fine institutions of learning all over.

As a parent and science enthusiast I send you my best regards for all your efforts.

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Re: "Tooting one's own horn"

Post by Richard Hull » Fri May 17, 2013 1:44 pm

Thanks Jim. Those kudos mean a lot to me coming from a parent and especially one that helped his boy in a most positive manner such that he made it into the neutron club. You both can be proud of your efforts.

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Fusion is the energy of the future....and it always will be
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Re: "Tooting one's own horn"

Post by Larry Upjohn » Fri May 17, 2013 7:02 pm

Richard;
congratulations on recognition richly deserved. Larry Upjohn
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Re: "Tooting one's own horn"

Post by Andrew Robinson » Fri Jun 06, 2014 8:19 pm

A late congrats, but congrats nonetheless! Also, love the hat. It's a good look for you.
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