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David B. Kieda Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

Dr. Kieda has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in the fields of physics, astronomy, higher education and academic administration

    SALT LAKE CITY, UT, February 16, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present David B. Kieda with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Kieda celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Dr. Kieda is a professor of physics, dean of the graduate school and the co-director of the Consortium for Dark Sky Studies (CDSS) at the University of Utah. Having served as a faculty member since 1988, he was first hired as a research associate in the department of physics before earning promotions to an assistant and associate professor. From 2007 to 2013, he also chaired the department of physics and astronomy. The CDSS is notably the first of its kind worldwide, affiliated with several other institutions throughout the U.S. In addition to his responsibilities on the Salt Lake City campus, Dr. Kieda has been an affiliated professor at the University of Utah Middle East Center since 2011. Prior to his commitments in Utah, he gained experience at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia as a research assistant between 1983 and 1988 while pursuing his doctorate degree.

Apart from his scholarly commitments, Dr. Kieda has maintained his own business, Wildcat Consulting, as its president since 1993. His consulting company offers clients expert scientific assessment and analysis for medical devices and patent law. Dr. Kieda previously performed consultation work for Salt Lake Knee and Sports Medicine in Salt Lake City between 1990 and 2000. He also served on multiple review panels for the U.S. National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Czech Science Foundation and the Polish and Japan Science Foundations, as well as on numerous committees, including the NASA SWIFT Observatory as a committee member and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Dr. Kieda's work in the field of experimental high energy gamma-ray astronomy has heavily focused on the use of high-energy astrophysical phenomena to explore fundamental forces and particles. As a seasoned scientist, he has contributed many articles in scientific journals, conference proceedings and books, and has been cited by other writers nearly 19,000 times for his expertise. Among Dr. Kieda's articles was the 1982 publication of 'Magnetic Field Effects in Superconducting Josephson Junctions and SQUIDs,' which was released through the department of physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he was pursuing his degree at the time. He led the development of an ultra-high resolution technique for performing optical imaging of stars. Furthermore, Dr. Kieda served on the editorial board for ISRN Astronomy and Astrophysics and was an external referee for the Journal of Physics G, Astroparticle Physics, and Classical and Quantum Gravity.

An alumnus of MIT, Dr. Kieda earned a Bachelor of Science in physics in 1982. He subsequently attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he completed a Doctor of Philosophy in physics and experimental astrophysics in 1989. Dr. Kieda was elected as a fellow of the American Physical Society in 2011. As a member of the American Physical Society, he served as the chairperson and was active on the executive committee. Additionally, he is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Astronomical Society and Sigma Xi.

During the length of his career, Dr. Kieda secured approximately $28 million in funding to support his research. In honor of his many accomplishments in the field, he was recognized with the Utah Governor's Metal of Science and Technology and the Creative and Distinguished Research Award from the University of Utah in 2013, followed by the Dark Sky Defender Award from the International Dark Sky Association in 2017. While still in school, Dr. Kieda was notably a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III Champion Hammer Thrower in 1982 and a New England Division III Champion between 1980 and 1982.

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