The DRI Nevada Medal Event

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The Nevada Medal

Over the last 29 years, the Desert Research Institute (DRI) has honored individuals in science and engineering whose prominent research contributions have ranged from mapping the human genome and explaining protein folding to discovering ancient hydrothermal vents in the Galapagos and advancing our knowledge of archaeological discoveries across the globe. Each year science and engineering is celebrated statewide at DRI’s annual Nevada Medal Events.

The Nevada Medal is the highest scientific honor in the state. It is bestowed annually at formal dinner presentations in Las Vegas and Reno. This year,  Dr. Missy Cummings, one of the United State's first female fighter pilots and a leading pioneer on human interactions with unmanned aerial systems (UAS), has been named the 2016 Nevada Medalist.

164513 cummings002“I am deeply honored to receive this award which is a reflection not just on my efforts but on all my students and fellow researchers who struggled in the trenches for years to move unmanned aerial vehicles, aka UAVs or drones into the mainstream.” -- Dr. Missy Cummings


The 29th Annual DRI Nevada Medal Event  

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino in Reno will include a formal dinner and award ceremony.

Thursday, April 14, 2016 at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas will include a formal dinner and award ceremony.

For event sponsorship information please contact DRI Development Administrator, Kenneth J. Adams at (702) 862-5497. For all other event questions, contact DRI Events Coordinator, Dawn Coots at (775) 674-7555 or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..