Recipients of the 2018 Medals and Awards

Find out who received IEEE’s highest honors

6 February 2018

Here are the recipients of the 2018 IEEE medals, service awards, honorary membership, corporate recognition, and technical field awards. The awards are presented on behalf of the IEEE Board of Directors.

IEEE Medal of Honor

Sponsor: IEEE Foundation

BRADFORD W. PARKINSON

Stanford

“For fundamental contributions to and leadership in developing the design and driving the early applications of the Global Positioning System.”

IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal

Sponsor: Nokia Bell Labs

NAMBIRAJAN SESHADRI

University of California

San Diego

Quantenna Corp.

San Jose, Calif.

“For contributions to the theory and practice of wireless communications.”

IEEE Edison Medal

Sponsor: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

ELI YABLONOVITCH

University of California

Berkeley

“For leadership, innovations, and entrepreneurial achievements in photonics, semiconductor lasers, antennas, and solar-cells.”

IEEE Medal for Environmental and Safety Technologies

Sponsor: Toyota Motor Corp.

Corecipients:

JEROME FAIST

ETH Zurich 

FRANK KLAUS TITTEL

Rice University

Houston

“For pioneering contributions to the quantum cascade laser and optical chemical sensors for environmental sensing.”

IEEE Founders Medal

Sponsor: IEEE Foundation

N.R. NARAYANA MURTHY

Infosys

Bangalore, India

“For visionary leadership at Infosys contributing to human progress through technology and for advancing corporate ethics and social responsibility.”

IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal

Sponsor: Qualcomm, Inc.

ERDAL ARIKAN

Bilkent University

Ankara, Turkey

“For contributions to information and communications theory, especially the discovery of polar codes and polarization techniques.”

IEEE Medal for Innovations in Healthcare Technology

Sponsor: IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society

THOMAS F. BUDINGER

University of California

Berkeley

“For pioneering contributions to tomographic radiotracer imaging.”

IEEE Jack S. Kilby Signal Processing Medal

Sponsor: Texas Instruments, Inc.

BEDE LIU

Princeton

“For sustained contributions to the analysis and the development of low-complexity realizations of digital signal processing algorithms.”

IEEE/RSE JAMES CLERK MAXWELL MEDAL

Sponsor: IEEE Foundation

Corecipients:THOMAS HAUG

European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI)

Sollentuna, Sweden

PHILIPPE DUPUIS

ETSI

Gif sur Yvette, France

“For leadership in the development of the first international mobile communications standard with subsequent evolution into worldwide smartphone data communication.”

IEEE James H. Mulligan, Jr. Education Medal

Sponsor: MathWorks, Pearson, and the IEEE Life Members Fund

DELORES M. ETTER

Southern Methodist University

Dallas

“For contributions to engineering through innovative textbooks on problem solving with computing languages and software tools.”

IEEE Jun-ichi Nishizawa Medal

Sponsor: The Federation of Electric Power Companies, Japan

JOE C. CAMPBELL

University of Virginia

Charlottesville

“For contributions to the development of high-speed, low-noise, long-wavelength avalanche photodiodes.”

IEEE Robert N. Noyce Medal

Sponsor: Intel Foundation

TSUGIO MAKIMOTO

Technovision

Tokyo

“For technical and managerial leadership in CMOS memory and microprocessors.”

IEEE Dennis J. Picard Medal for Radar Technologies and Applications

Sponsor: Raytheon Co.

MARK E. DAVIS

medavis consulting

Prospect, N.Y.

“For technical contributions to advanced aerospace multifunction microwave and foliage penetration radars, and for leadership within the radar community.”

IEEE Medal in Power Engineering

Sponsors: IEEE Industry Applications, IEEE Industrial Electronics, IEEE Power Electronics, and IEEE Power & Energy societies

HIROFUMI AKAGI

Tokyo Institute of Technology

“For pioneering contributions to theory and practice of power conversion systems and their applications.”

IEEE Simon Ramo Medal

Sponsor: Northrop Grumman Corp.

HEINZ STOEWER

Space Associates GmbH

Munich

“For pioneering accomplishments in and technical leadership of space systems engineering, and for profound influence on teaching and practice of systems engineering.”

IEEE John von Neumann Medal

Sponsor: IBM Corp.

PATRICK COUSOT

New York University

New York City

“For introducing abstract interpretation, a powerful framework for automatically calculating program properties with broad application to verification and optimization.”

IEEE Corporate Innovation Award

Sponsor: IEEE

PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS

Emeryville, Calif.

“For a long history of pioneering innovations in computer animation and computer graphics.”

IEEE Richard M. Emberson Award

Sponsor: IEEE Technical Activities Board

DONALD N. HEIRMAN

Don Heirman Consultants

Lincroft, N.J.

“For leadership and service to industry and IEEE, and for the development of global consensus and education in IEEE technical fields and standards.”

IEEE Haraden Pratt Award

Sponsor: IEEE Foundation

LORETTA ARELLANO  

Retired

Raytheon Technical Services Co.

Sun Valley, Calif.

“For furthering IEEE’s objectives, promoting cooperation among IEEE organizational units, and exemplary innovation in developing IEEE volunteer leaders.”

IEEE Honorary Membership

Sponsor: IEEE

Corecipients:

MIHAL (MIKE) LAZARIDIS

Quantum Valley Investments

Waterloo, Ont., Canada

“For revolutionary contributions to wireless communication and visionary leadership in fostering the advancement of fundamental physics toward future innovation.”

ANTON ZEILINGER

Austrian Academy of Sciences

Vienna

“For pioneering conceptual and experimental contributions to the development of quantum communications and encryption.”


TECHNICAL FIELD AWARDS

IEEE Biomedical Engineering Award

Sponsors: IEEE Circuits and Systems and IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology societies

MARK S. HUMAYUN

University of Southern California

Los Angeles

“For contributions to the bioelectronic retinal implant.”

IEEE Cledo Brunetti Award

Sponsor: Brunetti Bequest

SIEGFRIED SELBERHERR

Vienna University of Technology

“For pioneering contributions to Technology Computer Aided Design.”

IEEE Control Systems Award

Sponsor: IEEE Control Systems Society

JOHN N. TSITSIKLIS

MIT

“For contributions to the theory and application of optimization in large dynamic and distributed systems.”

IEEE Electromagnetics Award

Sponsors: IEEE Antennas and Propagation, IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility, IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing, and IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques societies

TATSUO ITOH

University of California

Los Angeles

“For contributions to electromagnetic modelling, artificial materials, microwave electronics, and antennas.”

IEEE ELECTRONICS PACKAGING AWARD

Sponsor: IEEE Electronics Packaging Society

WILLIAM T. CHEN

ASE Inc.

Sunnyvale, Calif.

“For contributions to electromagnetic solutions of complex multiphysics problems and inverse scattering methods.”

IEEE James L. Flanagan Speech and Audio Processing Award

Sponsor: IEEE Signal Processing Society

MARI OSTENDORF

University of Washington

Seattle

“For contributions to statistical and computational models for analysis, interpretation, and synthesis in speech and language processing.”

IEEE Fourier Award for Signal Processing

Sponsors: IEEE Circuits and Systems and the IEEE Signal Processing societies

PETER STOICA

Retired, Uppsala University

Uppland, Sweden

“For broad contributions to research and education in statistical signal processing and its applications.”

IEEE Andrew S. Grove Award

Sponsor: IEEE Electron Devices Society

GURTEJ SINGH SANDHU

Micron Technology Inc.

Boise, Idaho

“For contributions to silicon CMOS process technology that enable DRAM and NAND memory chip scaling.”

IEEE Herman Halperin Electric Transmission and Distribution Award

Sponsor: The Robert and Ruth Halperin Foundation, in memory of Herman and Edna Halperin, and the IEEE Power & Energy Society

JINLIANG HE

Tsinghua University

Beijing

“For contributions to lightning protection of power transmission systems, including advancing analytic methods and innovation in line surge arresters.”

IEEE Masaru Ibuka Consumer Electronics Award

Sponsor: Sony Corp.

LINUS TORVALDS

Linux Foundation

San Francisco

“For his leadership of the development and proliferation of Linux.”

IEEE Internet Award

Sponsor: Nokia Corp.

RAMESH GOVINDAN

University of Southern California

Los Angeles

“For sustained contributions to the dynamic analysis of the Internet (protocols, topologies, configurations) and the Internet of Things (sensor networks).”

IEEE Richard Harold Kaufmann Award

Sponsor: IEEE Industry Applications Society

GREG STONE

Iris Power L.P.

Mississauga, Ont., Canada

“For advancements in rotating machines insulation evaluation and testing.”

IEEE Joseph F. Keithley Award in Instrumentation and Measurement

Sponsors: Keithley Instruments, Inc. (a Tektronix company) and the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society

DAVID W. ALLAN

Allan’s TIME

Fountain Green, Utah

“For leadership in time determination and precise timing instruments.”

IEEE Gustav Robert Kirchhoff Award

Sponsor: IEEE Circuits and Systems Society

ALAN WILLSON

Retired

University of California

Los Angeles

“For fundamental contributions to the theory and design of nonlinear circuits and signal processing systems.”

IEEE LEON K. KIRCHMAYER GRADUATE TEACHING AWARD

Sponsor: Leon K. Kirchmayer Memorial Fund

MARK S. LUNDSTROM

Purdue University

West Lafayette, Ind.

“For creating a global online community for graduate education in nanotechnology as well as teaching, inspiring, and mentoring graduate students.”

IEEE Koji Kobayashi Computers and Communications Award

Sponsor: NEC Corp.

VICTOR BAHL

Microsoft Research

Redmond, Calif.

“For contributions to broadband wireless systems.”

IEEE William E. Newell Power Electronics Award

Sponsor: IEEE Power Electronics Society

RAINER MARQUARDT

Bundeswehr University Munich

Neubiberg, Germany

“For development of the modular multilevel converter application in medium drives and high-voltage DC transmission systems.”

IEEE Daniel E. Noble Award for Emerging Technologies

Sponsor: Motorola Solutions Foundation

RAJIV V. JOSHI

IBM T.J. Watson Research Center

Yorktown Heights, N.Y.

“For contributions to predictive failure analytics, VLSI memory design, and technology.”

IEEE Donald O. Pederson Award in Solid-State Circuits

Sponsor: IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society

Corecipients:

WILLIAM S. CARTER

Retired

Xilinx

Los Gatos, Calif.

STEPHEN TRIMBERGER

Xilinx

San Jose, Calif.

“For pioneering real-time programmable digital signal processor architectures.”

IEEE Frederik Philips Award

Sponsor: Philips Electronics N.V.

IAN A. YOUNG

Intel Corp.

Hillsboro, Ore.

“For industry influence and leadership in the development of leading-edge microelectronics technology and collaborative research.”

IEEE Photonics Award

Sponsor: IEEE Photonics Society

URSULA KELLER

ETH Zurich

“For seminal contributions to ultrafast laser technology enabling important industrial applications and novel scientific breakthroughs.”

IEEE Robotics and Automation Award

Sponsor: IEEE Robotics and Automation Society

MATTHEW T. MASON

Carnegie Mellon

“For scientific and educational contributions to the mechanics of manipulation enabling real-world robot autonomy, and for leadership in robotics.”

IEEE Frank Rosenblatt Award

Sponsor: Computational Intelligence Society

ENRIQUE H. RUSPINI

Independent Consultant

Palo Alto, Calif.

“For fundamental contributions to the understanding of fuzzy logic concepts and their applications.”

IEEE Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award

Sponsor: IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society

DAVID NYGREN

University of Texas

Arlington

“For pioneering radiation detector developments, enabling major discoveries in diverse areas of science.”

IEEE Innovation in Societal Infrastructure Award

Sponsors: Hitachi, Ltd. and the IEEE Computer Society

DAVID FERRAIOLO
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Gaithersburg, Md.

D. RICHARD KUHN

NIST

RAVI SANDHU

University of Texas

San Antonio

“For accelerating innovation of energy, information, and communication technologies for the urban environment.”

IEEE Charles Proteus Steinmetz Award

Sponsor: IEEE Standards Association

CRAIG M. WELLMAN

Retired

Newark, Del.

“For leadership in developing and promoting standards that enable arc hazard assessment and injury-risk mitigation.”

IEEE Eric E. Sumner Award

Sponsor: Bell Labs, Nokia

PETER W. SHOR

MIT

“For contributions to quantum communication and information theory.”

IEEE Nikola Tesla Award

Sponsors: Wolong Electric Group Co., Ltd., and the IEEE Industry Applications and IEEE Power & Energy societies

LONGYA XU

Ohio State University

Columbus

“For contributions to design and control of efficient electric machines for wind power generation and electrified vehicles.”

IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award

Sponsors: Dr. Kiyo Tomiyasu, IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing and the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques societies

J. NICHOLAS LANEMAN

University of Notre Dame

Indiana

“For contributions to wireless network communication theory, algorithms, and architectures.”

IEEE Transportation Technologies Award

Sponsors: IEEE Industry Applications, IEEE Industrial Electronics, IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems, IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques, IEEE Power Electronics, IEEE Power & Energy, and IEEE Vehicular Technology societies

C.C. CHAN

University of Hong Kong

“For contributions to air transportation systems, focusing on collision avoidance protocol design and avionics safety verification.”

IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award

Sponsor: IEEE Education Society

SUSAN M. LORD

University of San Diego

“For contributions to the development of more inclusive and innovative undergraduate teaching in electrical and computer engineering.”


For additional information on the recipients and the awards process, visit the IEEE Awards website.

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