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Dr. Dennis Sivers

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Awards Received

Top Physicist of the Year

Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Dennis Sivers, Adjunct Professor at the University of Michigan and as Director of the Portland Physics Institute, was recently selected for the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for 2020 by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) for his proficiency, educational contributions and dedication to his career. 

While inclusion with the International Association of Top Professionals is an honor in itself, only a few members are selected for the Lifetime Achievement Award. These special honorees are distinguished based on their longevity in their fields, their contributions they have made to society and the impact they had on their industries. Dr. Sivers will be honored at IAOTP’s Annual Awards Gala, being held at the iconic NYC Plaza Hotel, at the end of this year for his selection as a Lifetime Achievement recipient where he will receive the award on stage.

Dr. Sivers is being recognized for this honor for dedicating over 40 years of his life’s work as a Physicist. He is an expert within his field and also a business entrepreneur as well as real estate developer. His impressive repertoire of prior roles include: Physicist for Argonne National Laboratory where he published seminal calculations in both perturbative and non-perturbative quantum chromodynamics.  Has served as Physicist & Director of the Portland Physics Institute, President & Chief Executive Officer of Sivers Companies, a real estate development firm. He is a founder of the Maya Cinemas North America, which is an important chain of movie theaters based in California and is presently serving as Adjunct Professor in the Physics department at the University of Michigan. 

Dr. Sivers is widely known for providing an explanation for single-spin asymmetries in proton scattering experiments.  These measurements, which are dependent on the orientation of the proton’s spin, which has come to be known as the Sivers Effect. His recent research has focused on his “Strong Conjecture” for the confinement of color in quantum chromodynamics.

Dr. Sivers received a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and his Doctorate of Philosophy in Theoretical Physics from the University of California, Berkeley.   Stephanie Cirami, President of IAOTP stated, “Choosing Dr. Sivers for this honor was an easy decision for our panel to make.  Dr. Sivers has exceptional talent and knowledge in math, science and engineering. His lifelong passion for physics is undeniable and we are thrilled to be awarding him as a Lifetime Achiever at the end of this year.” 

Throughout his remarkable career, Dr. Sivers has received awards, accolades and has been recognized worldwide for many years as a leader in Physics and Education.  For 2020, he was featured on the famous Reuters Building in Times Square, New York City and graced the front cover of TIP (Top Industry Professionals) Magazine. He was honored at IAOTP’s 2019 Annual Award Gala at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, for his selection as Top Physicist of the Year.  He was also the recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Sivers remains active in his community and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a former member of the National Association Industrial & Office Properties.

Looking back, Dr. Sivers attributes his success to his education, mentors he had along the way and his passion for research.  When not working, Dr. Sivers enjoys sailing, physical fitness, horses, reading and practicing minimalism. In the future, he hopes to inspire others to take interest in Science and Nature. 

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