Tom has been recognized for his technical leadership and accomplishments throughout his professional career. As a Boeing Co. Technical Fellow, Tom received numerous team and individual awards for program execution, technical innovation, knowledge management, and customer satisfaction. In addition to the Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems World Class Engineer of the Year award, Tom won team and individual awards from the various Boeing business units, NASA, and NRO for excellence in technical leadership and execution.
In 2017, Tom was recognized with a best paper award at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) So Cal Aerospace Systems and Technology Conf. and was elected as an AIAA Associate Fellow for outstanding career contributions to the science and technology of astronautics. Previously, Tom served as Chairman of the local Southern California/Nevada section of The Electrochemical Society (ECS) and is currently continuing his service to the ECS as an elected Member-at-Large in the Battery Division.
In 2018, Tom served as the lead organizer of the Battery Safety and Failure Modes symposium to be held at the 233rd AiMES/ECS Fall Mtg; presented a paper titled, "Spacecraft Li-Ion Battery Power System State-of-Practice: A Critical Review" at the AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum; and was invited to speak in the inaugural NASA/JPL-sponsored Conference on Advanced Power Systems for Deep Space Exploration. In 2019, Tom served as the lead organizer of the Battery Safety and Failure Modes symposium to be held at the Spring 235th ECS Mtg in Dallas, TX, USA. The symposium was generously sponsored by Thermal Hazard Technology (UK).
In January, 2020, Tom was awarded his 3rd US Patent for novel lithium-ion battery safety design features for commercial aircraft applications (US Patent 10,535,852).
Tom is currently co-organizing a symposium titled, "Emerging Materials for Electrochemical Energy Storage Devices—Degradation and Failure Characterization—From Composition, Structure and Interfaces to Deployed Systems", for the 2022 Spring Materials Research Society meeting to be held in Honolulu, HI (May 8-13, 2022).