Lifetime Achievement Award

Went to Sara Church

Sara E. Church, after a 26-year career in banknote security, retired last year from her position at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

Prior to her employment at the Board, she was scientific advisor to the Bank of Canada and head of the scientific research team there, which focused on assessment of banknote security and development of security features.

Dr. Church began her career in banknotes at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, where she worked for 13 years, starting in research and transitioning to counterfeit deterrence and securities technologies.

Over the course of her career, she has been involved in the various international organizations related to banknotes, including the Four Nations, the Optical Document Security Conference, the Central Bank Cash Machine Group, and the U.S. Cash Machine Group.

Dr. Church received her doctoral degree in physical chemistry from Oregon State University, where she used a multi-disciplinary approach including x-ray diffraction, Langmuir-Blodgett monolayer and multilayer techniques, biophysics, molecular self-assembly, colloid and surface chemistry, lipid synthesis and physical characterization techniques, to study artificial lipid membrane structures.

Awards | Currency Awards 2015


Lifetime Achievement Award