Courtesy of the University of Tennessee:
When Hash Hashemian, then a recent nuclear engineering graduate, and then-department head Tom Kerlin co-founded Analysis and Measurement Services in 1977, their main goal was to provide the nuclear energy industry with a reliable source of testing and problem solving.
In the years since, AMS has become a globally recognized leader in nuclear energy and safety, establishing a connection in every nuclear plant in the United States as well as in several other countries.
Hashemian has garnered several awards for those efforts, and now UT, his alma mater, is recognizing him with the highest honor the College of Engineering can bestow, the Nathan W. Dougherty award.
“I am very honored to have been chosen for such a prestigious recognition,” said Hashemian. “To be chosen for this is a validation not only of the things that I have done, but of the hard work of those who I have been fortunate to collaborate with over the years.”
The award has been given annually in honor of Dougherty, who served as dean of the college from 1940 to 1956 and was a captain of UT’s football and basketball teams as a student athlete in the early 1900s. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1967.
Recognizing Dougherty’s success in engineering and education, the award singles out those who have “brought honor and distinction to the college through their achievements or who have made significant contributions to the engineering profession in Tennessee through their professional activities.”
For Hashemian, those activities include being named a fellow of the American Nuclear Society, winning the society’s Robert L. Long Training Excellence Award, receiving a UT Alumni Professional Achievement Award, and providing financial support to help found the organization Systers: Women in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, which serves to recruit, mentor, and retain women in those fields at UT.
“Hash Hashemian is one of those special individuals who has made a very significant contribution to the nuclear engineering field,” said College of Engineering Dean Wayne Davis. “He has also been a great alumnus and friend to the college and to the departments in which he has been involved.
“He is very deserving of this award.”