The H. Y. Loh Award
The H. Y. Loh Award, a cash prize awarded upon graduation, became the very first award or scholarship
dedicated to our physics majors. As a token of the high esteem in which Professor Loh was regarded
by his colleagues, Professor Ray F. Tipsword approached colleagues to create the endowed award, which was
first given in 1977.
Professor Hung-Yu Loh first came to Virginia Tech
from Shanghai, China in 1941 as a graduate student.
He received his master's degree from Tech in 1943, and then went on to Johns Hopkins University where
he received his Ph.D. in 1946.
He was hired in 1948 to become the first Chinese faculty member at Virginia Tech.
His research was in the field of experimental thin film optics,
Prof. Loh was a wonderful teacher and, in 1959, he became the first physics faculty to be awarded the
William E. Wine Award for Excellence in Teaching, which
had just been established in 1957. It was then, and still is now, the most prestigious teaching award at
Virginia Tech, the honor of which is reserved to only three faculty members per year.
The H. Y. Loh Award is made each spring to the graduating physics major who best
exemplifies Dr. Loh's very high academic and personal standards.
It is considered the most prestigious award for undergraduates in the physics department.
Established in 1976, the H. Y. Loh Award is given annually to one or more graduating seniors in physics
who exemplify excellence in scholarship.
Past award recipients:
2016 Michael Brennan, Donovan Buterakos, Jennie Paine
2015 Mark Brown, Adam Mills, Kyle Stewart
2014 David “Matt” Kriete Jr., James Mayberry, Marc Pomeroy, Keith Tauscher
2013 Andrew Lassiter
2012 Sara Case, William Love
2011 Siddharth Venkat
2010 Brian Roper, Justin Waugh
2009 Kevin Finelli
2008 Jonathan Hughes, Brendon Loiselle
2007 Linh Pham, Brian Skinner
2006 David Erickson, Mark Washenberger
2005 Travis Merritt
2004 Justin Krometis
2003 Beth Ann Reid, Jerome Mettetal II
2002 Anubav Vasudevan
2001 Joshua T. King
2000 Seth Hornstein
1999 Jean Hager
1998 Leah B. Shaw
1997 Keith Daniel Humfeld
1996 Carter R. Hall
1995 Matthew J. Novak
1994 Amanda M. Abeel, Erin F. Fleet
1993 Daniel S. Fisher
1992 Zoran Tajanovic
1991 Francis M. Creighton
1990 Anthony W. Ackley, Daniel C. Kilper, Normand A. Modine
1989 Anthony H. Minter
1988 Gregory D. McFall, Francis J. Summers
1987 Debora L. Green, Brett W. Johnson
1986 Richard R. Harman
1985 Robert C. Blasdell
1984 Anthony O. Rugari, Steven L. Rugari, Steven C. Weiss, Tmitri J. Zukowski
1983 Brian C. Redman
1982 David L. Hartman, Samuel J. Weinstein
1980 Stephen E. Fischer, James L. McDonald
1979 Richard I. Purman
1978 Mark S. Gorbics, Jan M. Guida, Joan A. Guida, Domingo Rocha, Jr.
1977 John Ford
1976 Dennis K. Evans