The Society for Design and Process Science presented its highest award to Dr. Edward O. Wilson, a native son of Birmingham Alabama and one of the world's most preeminent scientists and two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author. The SDPS Transformative Achievement Award is given to those individuals whose ideas and discoveries have radically changed our understanding in science, engineering, education or the arts and brought forth new paradigms that enhance integration of human knowledge. For example, last year’s award winner was Physics Nobel Laureate Dr. Steven Weinberg. Dr. Wilson's pioneering work in sociobiology, biodiversity, and biogeography established new fields of scientific research and helped to extend and integrate knowledge in other disciplines like zoology, sociology, anthropology, and genetics. His research has also inspired advances in seemingly unrelated fields like complex systems theory. Dr. Wilson is Professor Emeritus at Harvard University, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a recipient of the Crafoord Prize in Biosciences. In 1976, he was awarded the National Medal of Science, the highest Presidential recognition bestowed on scientists and engineers. An advanced copy of his new book “letters to a young scientist” promoting “thinking for understanding” and STEM education is presented to Professor Murat M. Tanik of UAB.

SDPS, The Society for Design and Process Science ( is an international, non-profit professional society that promotes cross-disciplinary knowledge integration in science and engineering. It was established in Austin, Texas by a few distinguished visionaries including Nobel laureates, IEEE Centennial Medal laureates and a National Medal of Technology and Innovation winner. Since its founding in 1995, SDPS has held an annual international conference attended by many accomplished scientists and engineers representing a broad range of disciplines. SDPS membership reaches around the globe. SDPS publishes several scientific book series through Springer Publishing and has continuously published a scientific journal since 1997.  In 2010, UAB School of Engineering was awarded by SDPS Cross-Disciplinary service award for long term support of cross-disciplinary research and education activities.