Our 2018 POY Awards Dinner was a huge success this year with the announcement of our award winners at the Grand Hall at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens. See all the pictures at 2018 HATS Professional of the Year Dinner Photos
Our 2018 Moquin Award winner is Ms. Kathy Land of IEEE and our Society of the Year Award winner is Women in Defense. The second annual award for the Young Professional of the Year was awarded to Ms. Lisa McCollum of ASME.
Kathy Land awarded the 2018 Joseph Moquin Award – Professional of the Year
Ms. Kathy Land has demonstrated exceptional leadership in the application of software engineering methodologies professionally and as an IEEE volunteer who seeks to improve the professional development of IEEE members at the local, national, and international levels.
Lisa McCollum awarded the 2018 Young Professional of the Year
Ms. Lisa McCollum has achieved extraordinary success as an Aerospace Engineer at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. However, her unrivaled dedication to STEM outreach and building the STEM pipeline has directly influenced thousands of young students across the Tennessee Valley and motivated them to pursue a path in engineering.
Women in Defense awarded the 2018 Technical Society of the Year
The Women in Defense Tennessee Valley Chapter was selected as Society of the Year for their support of the defense and technology community; for collaborating with numerous organizations on impactful programs; for their outstanding STEM efforts and for their commitment to the overall Community at large.
This year, the emcee for our POY Awards Dinner was Haley Baker, News Anchor at WAFF. Thank you Haley for an excellent job and representing the Huntsville Community!
Our speakers included:
Lee Marshall, President/CEO of Kids To Love
Mayor Tommy Battle
2017 HATS Professional of the Year, Jeff Gronberg
- ISSAC Corp
- Seneca Nation
- Teledyne Brown Engineering
- Tuba Group
- Torch Technologies
- General Atomics
- Ridgeline Construction
- Trustmark National Bank
- 256 Magazine
Each year, member societies of HATS select an individual from within their ranks for recognition as their Professional of the Year (POY) nominee. 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.
POY nominees 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 (Professional of the Year) Award:
- 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.
Young Professional of the Year Award:
In 2017, HATS first awarded the Young Professional of the Year award. This awardee shall be 35 years old or younger and will be chosen from among the nominations from the HATS member societies. The nominees would include a Young POY from each member society who has stood above their peers by providing exemplary leadership to the North Alabama technical community. Their involvement and leadership shall have been impactful, inspirational and consistent.
The 2017 Young POY Award was presented to Andrew Wallberg. The award was sponsored by Torch Technologies and presented by Clay Hagan, VP at Torch.
Criteria for the YOUNG Professional of the Year (YPOY) Award:
- He/she has retained membership in the professional organization that is a member in good standing of HATS. He/she must be 35 years old or younger to qualify for the YPOY award.
- He/she has demonstrated excellence in some professional (technical, managerial, or community) 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 in the community.
- He/she has 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, including activities such as education, mentorship, training, knowledge transfer, STEM initiatives, etc. He/she exemplifies the dedication and importance of our young professional demographic to the community.