Dr. Bruce Hapke selected as Top Scientist of the Year by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP)

October 10, 2018

Bruce W. Hapke, PhD, Professor Emeritus for the University of Pittsburgh has just recently been selected as Top Scientist of the Year by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) for his outstanding leadership and commitment to the Geology and Planetary Science profession.  

While inclusion with the International Association of Top Professionals is an honor in itself, only a few members in each discipline are chosen for this distinction. These special honorees are distinguished based on their professional accomplishments, academic achievements, leadership abilities, longevity in the field and other affiliations and contributions to their communities.  All honorees are invited to attend the IAOTP’s annual award gala at the end of this year for a night to honor their achievements.  

With over 5 decades of professional experience as a noted American Planetary Scientist and Educator, Dr. Hapke has certainly proven himself as an expert in the field. He has been described by some as one of the fathers of planetary remote sensing.As a dynamic, results-driven leader, Dr. Hapke has demonstrated success not only as a Professor for the University of Pittsburgh, but has demonstrated success in all his past positions.His impressive repertoire of prior roles and accomplishments include, Senior Research Associate for Cornell University Center for Radiophysics and Space Research.Dr. Hapke took part in Mariner 10, Viking and Apollo Missions. He is a past Chairman of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society and Professor in the Department of Geology and Planetary Science at the University of Pittsburgh.

Throughout his career, Dr. Hapke has received many awards and has been recognized worldwide for his outstanding leadership and commitment to the profession.For 2019, he is being considered to be featured in TIP (Top Industry Professional Magazine), and is also being considered for IAOTP’s Lifetime Achievement Award. For 2018 he was selected as Top Scientist of the Year by the International Association of Top Professionals.For 2017 he was recognized by Marquis Who’s Who as an industry leader in Education/ Life Sciences and recipient of their Lifetime Achievement Award. He has appeared in the pages of Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.Dr. Hapke was awarded the Kuiper Prize in 2001 which is the most distinguished award given by the American Astronomical Society’s Division for Planetary Sciences.Hapkeite, a recently discovered lunar mineral was named in his honor and he is the eponym of Asteroid #3549 Hapke. Dr. Hapke is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, and is affiliated with organizations including the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the International Astronomical Union.

Aside from his successful career, Dr. Hapke contributed numerous articles to scholarly journals and wrote “Theory of Reflectance and Emittance Spectroscopy,” which has been described by some readers as the single best reference for radiative transfer in remote sensing. 

Dr. Hapke earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1953 in Physics.He was awarded his Ph.D in Engineering Physics from Cornell University in 1962.Stephanie Cirami, President of IAOTP stated, “Choosing Dr. Hapke for this honor was an easy decision for our panel to make. Dr. Hapke’s numerous awards, accolades’ and accomplishments are extremely impressive.He has tremendous foresight, extensive knowledge, was a brilliant educator and Scientist and was exactly what we were looking for.We are truly honored to have him as our Top Planetary Scientist of the Year and we are looking forward to spend time with him at the gala.”

Dr. Hapke attributes his success to his family, mentors he has had along the way, and staying passionate in all of his endeavors.For the future he aspires to continue to make a difference in the world and in people’s lives any way that he can.

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About IAOTP

The International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) is an international boutique networking organization who handpicks the world’s finest, most prestigious top professionals from different industries.  These top professionals are given an opportunity to collaborate, share their ideas, be keynote speakers and to help influence others in their fields. This organization is not a membership that anyone can join.  You have to be asked by the President or be nominated by a distinguished honorary member after a brief interview. 

IAOTP's experts have given thousands of top prestigious professionals around the world, the recognition and credibility that they deserve and have helped in building their branding empires.  IAOTP prides itself to be a one of a kind boutique networking organization that hand picks only the best of the best and creates a networking platform that connects and brings these top professionals to one place.

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