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2016 Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award

Michael FreseEduardo Salas, Rice University

Dr. Salas is an extremely productive researcher and one of the most influential voices in several applicable domains of teamwork and training. He stands alone in his contributions to how teams adapt, how team members learn and how best to train teams. He has been the “go-to” scientist in identifying characteristics of successful teams and translating that research into applied team training programs. He has done this in both military contexts and commercial activities such as airlines and medical facilities. His efforts to conduct leading edge research and build the best possible research teams have led to more than $50 million in external funding from such agencies as the National Science Foundation, NASA, DoD, SHRM and the Office of Naval Research. His more recent work reflects interests in collaboration in science teams, teams of teams and cross-cultural training. He has shared his knowledge through more than 400 publications, presentations and workshop participation and he has contributed to numerous stories in various media outlets. Five of his publications have each been cited more than 5,000 times, making him one of the most widely cited scholars studying team effectiveness. A former president of SIOP he has been a co-recipient of four M. Scott Myers awards, SIOP’s highest recognition for applied research. He has also received SIOP’s Distinguished Contributions Award as well as SHRM’s Michael Losey Human Resources Life Achievement Award.

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