Dr. Daniel E. Austin, Professor of Chemistry at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah was awarded the 2018 Curt Brunnée Award from the International Mass Spectrometry Foundation, at the 22nd International Mass Spectrometry Conference, held in Florence, Italy from August 26-31, 2018. Sponsored by Thermo Fisher Scientific, the Curt Brunnée Award is made to an individual “for outstanding contributions to the development of instrumentation for mass spectrometry by a person under the age of 45 at the time of the award”. Prof. Austin’s research focuses on portable ion trap mass spectrometers, chemical processes in high-velocity impacts, and charge detection mass spectrometry. He received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology under the direction of Prof. J.L. (Jack) Beauchamp. Prior to his present appointment he was a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He has also been a visiting scientist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Prof. Austin received an ASMS Research Award in 2008, and the Karl G. Maeser Research and Creative Arts Award in 2017.
Photo caption: 2018 Curt Brunnée Awardee Daniel Austin (right) with Ken Miller (left, Thermo Fisher Scientific).