Honors & Awards
Please join us in congratulating the 2023 Geothermal Rising Conference (GRC) Honors and Awards recipients!
The GRC Awards recognize distinguished colleagues in the geothermal community from around the world and have been a highlight of the geothermal calendar since the late 1970s. The recipients of these awards have significant achievements in the geothermal academic, scientific, and commercial communities.
We are delighted present the 2023 GRC Award Winners:
- Aidlin Presidential Award -- Jill Robinson Haizlip
- Geothermal Pioneer Award -- Tim Latimer (photo attached)
- Henry Ramey Geothermal Reservoir Engineering Award -- Joseph Moore
- Ben Holt Geothermal Power Plant Award -- John R. Avery
- Geothermal Special Achievement Award -- HEET (photo attached)
- Outstanding Research Award -- Dr. Toshimfumi Sugama (photo attached)
- Young Professional Award (Leadership) -- Sarah Jewett (board headshot attached)
- Young Professional Award (Technical) -- Anna Rogers
- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Champion Award -- Johanna Ostrum
The award winners were recognized during the 2023 Geothermal Rising Conference in Reno.
Joseph W. Aidlin Award
Joseph W. Aidlin was a groundbreaking lawyer, who co-founded Magma Power Company, which went on to develop the first geothermal steam production for commercial electric power generation in the Western Hemisphere at The Geysers in California. Aidlin also co-founded the Geothermal Resources Council (GRC), now Geothermal Rising. Aidlin was a key leader in writing state and national legislation relating to geothermal resources, including drafting the world's first geothermal lease.
The Geothermal Rising President recognizes an individual who has helped they/them during their time in office, mentoring/supporting them in their role. This would be at the full discretion of the President.
2023 Jill Robinson Haizlip
2001 Marshall Reed
Geothermal Pioneer Award
Recognizes an outstanding achievement and contributions to the development of geothermal resources. This would recognize individuals with a dedicated service to the industry that has led the way for the rest of us.
2023 Tim Latimer
2001 Gary Shulman
Henry J. Ramey, Jr. Geothermal Reservoir Engineering Award
Henry “Hank” J. Ramey, Jr. was a pioneer in the development of geothermal resources, working as a Professor of Petroleum Engineering in the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford University, where he taught and conducted research for 27 years. Ramey conducted the first steam well test at The Geysers geothermal field in California and helped to establish the Stanford Geothermal Program in 1972.
Recognizes outstanding achievement in subsurface geoscience and engineering and impacts on geothermal development.
2023 Joseph Moore
|2013 Subir K. Sanyal
2011 Michael J. O’Sullivan
2010 Malcolm Grant
2009 Cal Stroebel
2008 Ladislaus Rybach
2007 Karsten Pruess
2006 Roland N. Horne
Ben Holt Geothermal Power Plant Award
Ben Holt was an engineer who worked to develop commercial-scale geothermal power plants. In the 1980s, Holt’s firm, Ben Holt Co., designed and built one of the nation’s first binary geothermal plants at Mammoth Lakes, California.
This award recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of geothermal power plant design and construction, direct use, and other surface utilization focusing on innovation.
2023 John R. Avery
|2013 Kenneth A. Phair
2011 Nobuhiko Hara
2010 Bill Lewis
2009 Richard Campbell
2007 Ronald DiPippo
2006 Kenneth Nichols
Geothermal Special Achievement Award
Recognizes special or outstanding achievement in any aspect of geothermal energy development and related areas.
|2006 Jeffrey Hulen & Charlene Wardlow
2005 Orhan Metroglu, Joseph Moore, John Sass, & Mike Shook
2004 David D. Blackwell and Marnell Dickson
2003 Tsuneo Ishido, Douglas Jung, Tom Champness, & Luis Guiterrez Negrin
2002 Enrico Barbier, Richard Hoops, & Russell James
2001 Sabodh Garg, Marcelo Lippmann, Eugene Premuzic, & Luis Quijano
2000 John Pritchett, Dan Schochet, Bob Sullivan, & Franco Tonani
1999 Dick Benoit, Gene Culver, Tsvi Meidav, & P. Michael Wright
1998 Angus Brodie, David Glowka, Harry Veizades, & Tatsuo Yamasaki
1997 Jack Adrian, Mark Dellinger, & Nazario Vasquez
1995 George A. Frye
1993 Derek Freeston, Geo-Heat Center, & Marilyn Nemzer
1991 Bob Forest & John E. (Ted) Mock
Outstanding Research Award
Recognizes excellence in research and potential impact on the geothermal industry
2023 Toshimfumi Sugama
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Champion Award
The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Champion Award recognizes individuals creating a more diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for historically excluded groups in the STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), especially those in which geothermal is a key factor.
2023 Johanna Ostrum
2022 Caity Smith
Young Professional Award (Leadership)
Recognizes young innovators, entrepreneurs, researchers, and up and coming leaders, under the age of 35, who have had an impact on the geothermal community. This would recognize individuals who have devoted significant time, effort, thought and action that has resulted in meaningful impact to the Geothermal Rising organization and the geothermal industry.
2023 Sarah Jewett
Young Professional Award (Applied Research)
Recognizes young innovators and researchers, under the age of 35, whose applied research contributions have helped advance knowledge and innovation in the geothermal industry or geothermal community.
2023 Anna Rogers
Young Professional Award
Prior to 2022, no differentiation was made between Leadership and Technical accomplishments in the Young Professional Awards.