Peter H. Haas

Peter Haas was a pioneer in the field of nuclear weapons effects beginning in the mid 1950s. He proposed and conducted some of the landmark experiments on nuclear electromagnetic pulse (EMP) and transient radiation effects on electronics (TREE) at the Nevada and Pacific Nuclear Test Sites.

He was always a strong advocate for laboratory simulation facilities and it was under his direction that some of the early neutron displacement effects research was done in pulsed nuclear reactors. He had the imagination and foresight to suggest that electronic circuitry might undergo severe changes in behavior when exposed to a nuclear radiation pulse, and this was the genesis of the discipline known as TREE.

Pete was a tutor for many people who were and are major contributors to the field of Radiation Survivability Research and Technology.

Purpose of the Award:

To recognize individuals "who have demonstrated outstanding and innovative technical contributions or leadership in the successful development of U.S. hardened military and space systems."

The Plaque states:

"For Superior Achievement in Radiation Survivability Research and Technology"

2015 Winner:

Hap Hughes, NRL

“For Superior Achievement in Radiation Survivability Research and Technology by Enabling Systems Hardening through Contributions to Radiation-hardening Successive Generations of CMOS Technologies.”

Naval Research Laboratory News Release on Hap Hughes award.


Past Winners