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The Viterna Award for Engineering Excellence recognizes excellence in engineering that advances the offshore wind energy industry. Given to an individual or team, it is named after NASA scientist Larry Viterna who, with fellow scientist Bob Corrigan, developed the Viterna Method, which is the most widely used method to predict wind turbine performance and increase the efficiency of turbine output.

Eligibility & Criteria

  • An Individual, Group/Team, Company, Academic
  • Innovation demonstrates added value as it has been used/can be used within the offshore wind industry.
  • Illustrates reduced capital expenditures, operating expenditures, and improved energy production, and appeal to regulators.
  • It redefines current engineering thinking, leading to the creation of new skills, knowledge, or experience.

Business Network board members, Awards Committee, and jurors are ineligible to submit for individual awards during their terms of service. Their company is still permitted to submit a nomination, in which case the individual Board member, committee member, or juror will be recused from judging for that category.

Process & Submission Requirements

Application materials must be submitted as a single PDF file via the online portal. Use the Award Nomination Template to create your submission. Each page must include the entry category, project title (as applicable), and page number at the top. Use 12-point Times New Roman font, single space. The Award Application submission should include: 

  • Title page: Include the name (individual/company/organization), project name, and project location (as applicable).  
  • Nomination Overview: Include the Nominated Name (individual/company/organization); Nominating Name (if different entity); Submitting Individual/s name, email; Nominated Point of Contact/s name, email; Short Description (75 words or less).  
    NOTE: This description will provide the basis for all publicity for the nomination.  
  • Executive Summary (max 500 words): A brief overview of the project. Explain all factors that exhibit the project’s uniqueness and complexity, such as innovative engineering, challenges faced, and overall social impact.  
  • Description (min 300 words | max 2,000 words): Address the criteria for the category you are entering. Describe why this project is worthy of special recognition. Entrants may use text, photos, graphics, organizational charts as needed.  
  • Overview (do not exceed 5 pages): Showcase organizational information, project description/approach (including problem solved, if applicable), implementation strategy, results and outcomes, as well as outlines key participants/team members, owner/client (if applicable), and images. Access the Submission Template.

All applicants will be judged solely on their submitted materials.

past winners

2021 Viterna Award for Engineering Excellence - Larry Viterna

2021 Viterna Award for Engineering Excellence
Larry Viterna

2022 Viterna Award for Engineering Excellence
Jason Jonkman – National Renewable Energy Laboratory

2023 Viterna Award for Engineering Excellence
DEME Offshore and FOSS Maritime

Past Award Winner

Award winner