Ballard will receive the award and give presentations at two Nevada dinners open to the public, April 20 in Reno and April 22 in Las Vegas. The annual award includes a medallion minted from Nevada silver and a $20,000 lecture honorarium sponsored by AT&T.
Best known for finding the Titanic, Ballard also discovered other legendary lost ships, including the German battleship Bismarck, John F. Kennedy’s PT-109 and the USS Yorktown, the aircraft carrier that sank in the Battle of Midway during World War II.
Proceeds from the award dinners go to the DRI Foundation, which supports the research institute.
Established by DRI in 1988, the Nevada Medal acknowledges outstanding achievement in science and engineering.