Awards & Fellows

ASESEach year, we honor individuals making significant contributions to ASES as well as general contributions within the field of solar and renewable energy.

Please link to nomination forms by clicking on each award.

The awards banquet will be held August 6, 2019 at ASES SOLAR 2019 at the Crowne Plaza AiRE in Minneapolis.

ASES confers five separate awards annually, and regularly names new Fellows.

2018 award winners are listed/pictured below.


Sarah Kurtz

Any member of ASES who has been a member for at least ten consecutive years and has served with distinction in the advancement of solar energy utilization by way of research, education, public service, and/or service to ASES is eligible for nomination to the grade of Fellow of ASES.

2018 Inductee: Sarah Kurtz

Charles Greely Abbot Award

Ralph Lewis Knowles

This award recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to ASES or to the field of solar energy. No geographical limitations are imposed and the winner need not be a member of the society.

2018 Inductee: Ralph
Lewis Knowles

Passive Pioneer Award

Walter Grondzik

This award honors pioneers in the passive solar design field who have set the stage for others to follow. Honorees are individuals who have developed the theories, early research efforts, new concepts, and opportunities for later researchers to follow. Their foresight, innovative thinking and creativity have opened doors.

2018 Inductee: Walter Grondzik

Rebecca Vories Award

Bill Young

This award recognizes special contributions to ASES. It honors those whose volunteer efforts have significantly advanced ASES’s ability to meet our mission.

2018 Inductee: Bill Young

John and Barbara Yellott Award

Dr. Hadis Moradi

The recipient of this award/scholarship must be a graduate student concentrating his or her program in the field of solar energy, and a current member of ASES. The student’s graduate program should emphasize solar and the application must include an explanation of the applicant’s future plans in the field.

2018 Inductee: Dr. Hadis Moradi

Women in Solar Energy Award

Richa Pandey

The Women in Solar Energy Award honors a woman who has contributed significantly to the acceptance and advancement of women in solar through advocacy, politics, education, social change, business, or technical achievement.

2018 Inductee: Richa Pandey

Hoyt Clarke Hottel Award

Teresa Zhang

The primary requirement for this award is that the recipient has made a significant contribution to technology in any area of the solar energy field. Hottel Award nominees may have been involved in the development of useful analytical models; the discovery, development, or improvement of energy conversion processes; or the widespread implementation of solar energy technology.

2018 Inductee: Teresa Zhang

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