2010: NASA Space Flight Awareness Team Award as a member of the NASA and USAF Lightning Advisory Panel (2010) for work developing lightning launch commit criteria. Presented by the NASA Space Shuttle Launch Director to Dave and team.
2008: NASA Certificate of Recognition for helping develop a radar-based product to detect conditions conducive to the triggered lightning hazard for rocket launches
2000: OAR Outstanding Paper Award for coauthored graduate level textbook, “The Electrical Nature of Storms,” Oxford University Press.
2000: Certificate of Appreciation from the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
1995: U.S. Dept. of Commerce Gold Medal Award as part of NSSL for research leading to network of Doppler radars
1994: The Langmuir Award for Excellence in Research
1988: U.S. Dept. of Commerce Gold Medal Award for “Research accomplishments in understanding atmospheric electrification and extraordinary contributions to the Nation’s aviation and space programs.”
1988: Distinguished Alumni Lecturer, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
1996: Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) Fellow
1986: NASA Group Achievement Award: Lightning Mapper Science and Sensor Concept
1985: NASA Group Achievement Award: Optical Lightning Detection Experiment
1980: Election to Sigma Xi
1977: NASA Robert H. Goddard Trophy: Viking Mission to Mars
1977: The Langmuir Award for Excellence in Research (the first awarded)
1976: NASA Group Achievement Award: Apollo-Soyuz and related launch support
1976: U.S. Dept. of Commerce Silver Medal Award for “Contributions . . . in suppressing lightning strokes in thunderstorms.”