Each year, member societies of HATS can select an individual from within their ranks for recognition as their Professional of the Year (POY). The criteria for this selection are:
- Engaged in professional work or activity that is concerned with broad and beneficial social, defense, technological or economic consequences.
- Key contributor to the success of the organization or community activity.
- Exhibited an extraordinary dedication, creativity, or leadership in that work or activity.
- Participate in a professional organization that is a member of HATS.
POYs are honored at the HATS POY Awards Dinner. Individual members of HATS Member Societies are encouraged to help honor their society choices by attending the HATS Awards Dinner and sitting at their society’s table(s).
Criteria for a POY Award:
He or she has:
- Retained membership in the professional organization that is a member in good standing of HATS.
- Demonstrated excellence in some professional (technical or managerial) work or activity that is concerned with broad and beneficial technical, scientific, social or economic consequences. This excellence shall be exemplified in his or her workplace, in the professional organization in which they are participant members of, and/or in volunteer efforts.
- Exhibited an extraordinary dedication, creativity or leadership in that work or activity that results in excellent contributions to the technical and economic development of the City of Huntsville and the surrounding areas.
In honor of Joseph C. Moquin, HATS presents an annual award to an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to the North Alabama Technical Community. The recipient is selected from among the organizations’ Professional of the Year recipients.
Joseph C. Moquin, native of Middleboro, MA, moved to Huntsville in 1956 to work for the Army Ballistic Missile Agency. His reputation as a skilled manager led Milton Cummings, then president of Brown Engineering, to recruit Joe to the young company as executive vice-president of what came to be Teledyne-Brown Engineering in 1967. Throughout the more than three decades since he came to Huntsville, Joe was a veritable wellspring of community involvement and community leadership. He was the driving force behind an effort to establish a first-class research park in what was then the cotton fields of western Huntsville.
That park now hosts scores of high technology companies and is widely considered a model of the modern research and development environment… The park was named after his predecessor, Milton Cummings, in 1973 and is now called Cummings Research Park. Joe Moquin has been a model for the kind of community leader that every community should have and he will truly be missed.
Criteria for the Moquin Award:
The Moquin Awardee will be chosen from among the current year’s POY group (nominated by their respective member organizations) who will stand out as one who has stood above their peers by providing exemplary leadership to the North Alabama technical community. This involvement and leadership shall have been long-standing with commitment and consistency.
Society of the Year Award:
The Annual Society of the Year award exemplifies the excellence that ALL HATS member Societies strive for. HATS member Societies touch so many lives in the Huntsville business world and educational realm that we wanted to present an award to a Society (from nominations made each year) that supports and exemplifies HATS’s purpose of service and support to the Huntsville community.