Recipients of the 2016 Medals and Awards

Seventy-one people and one organization received IEEE’s highest honors

18 February 2016

Here are the recipients of the 2016 IEEE medals, corporate recognitions, service awards, technical field awards, and a prize paper. The awards are presented on behalf of the IEEE Board of Directors.

IEEE Medal of Honor

Sponsor: IEEE Foundation

G. DAVID FORNEY, JR.

Retired

MIT

“For pioneering contributions to the theory of error-correcting codes and the development of reliable high-speed data communications.”

IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal

Sponsor: Bell Labs, Nokia

ROBERTO PADOVANI

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

San Diego

“For innovations enabling efficient, wideband, wireless access to the Internet, that is central to all third-generation cellular networks.”

IEEE Edison Medal

Sponsor: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

ROBERT BRODERSEN

University of California, Berkeley

“For contributions to integrated systems for wired and wireless communications, including wireless connectivity of personal devices.”

IEEE Medal for Environmental and Safety Technologies

Sponsor: Toyota Motor Corporation  

Corecipients:

MASAHIKO MIYAKI

YUKIHIRO SHINOHARA

KATSUHIKO TAKEUCHI

Denso Corp.

Kariya-shi, Japan

“For development of electronic multipoint fuel-injection systems, enabling fuel-efficient and low-emission diesel engines.”

IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal

Sponsor: Qualcomm, Inc.

ABBAS EL GAMAL

Stanford

“For contributions to network multi-user information theory and for wide-ranging impact on programmable circuit architectures.”

IEEE Medal for Innovations in Healthcare Technology

Sponsor: IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society

CHARLES A. MISTRETTA

University of Wisconsin

Madison

“For the development of imaging instrumentation and techniques that have transformed the diagnosis and treatment of vascular disease.”

IEEE Jack S. Kilby Signal Processing Medal

Sponsor: Texas Instruments, Inc.

LOUIS SCHARF

Colorado State University

Fort Collins

“For pioneering and sustained contributions to statistical signal processing and its practice.”

IEEE/RSE James Clerk Maxwell Medal

Funded by: Cirrus Logic, Inc.

GEOFFREY HINTON

University of Toronto

“For pioneering and sustained contributions to machine learning, including developments in deep neural networks.”

IEEE James H. Mulligan, Jr. Education Medal

Sponsors: MathWorks, Pearson, and IEEE Life Members Fund

SIMON HAYKIN

McMaster University

Hamilton, Ont., Canada

“For contributions to engineering education in adaptive signal processing and communication.”

IEEE Jun-ichi Nishizawa Medal

Sponsor: The Federation of Electric Power Companies, Japan

Masayoshi Esashi

Tohoku University

Sendai, Miyagi, Japan

“For pioneering contributions to micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), and their uses in automobiles, cellular phones, industrial equipment, and medical devices.”

IEEE Robert N. Noyce Medal

Sponsor: Intel Foundation

TAKUO SUGANO

Retired

University of Tokyo

“For contributions to and leadership in the research and development of the science and technology of semiconductor devices.”

IEEE Dennis J. Picard Medal for Radar Technologies and Applications

Sponsor: Raytheon Co.

Nadav Levanon

Tel Aviv University

“For contributions to radar signal design and analysis, pulse compression, and signal processing.”

IEEE Medal in Power Engineering

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

ARUN G. PHADKE

Virginia Tech

"For contributions to synchrophasor technology for monitoring, control, and protection of electric power systems."

IEEE Simon Ramo Medal

Sponsor: Northrop Grumman Corp.

Corecipients:

JOHN P. LEHOCZKY

RAGUNATHAN RAJKUMAR

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh

LUI SHA

University of Illinois

Urbana–Champaign

“For technical leadership and contributions to fundamental theory, practice, and standardization for engineering real-time systems.”

IEEE John von Neumann Medal

Sponsor: IBM Corp.

CHRISTOS H. PAPADIMITRIOU

University of California

Berkeley

“For providing a deeper understanding of computational complexity and its implications for approximation algorithms, artificial intelligence, economics, database theory, and biology.”

IEEE Corporate Innovation Award

Sponsor: IEEE

Intel Corporation  

Sunnyvale, Calif.

“For leadership in enabling the growth of cloud-based services and the Internet in optical transport networks.”

IEEE Richard M. Emberson Award

Sponsor: IEEE Technical Activities Board

STEPHEN WEINSTEIN

Communication Theory and Technology Consulting

New York City

“For contributions to IEEE Publications, Awards, and globalization.”

IEEE Haraden Pratt Award

Sponsor: IEEE Foundation

MOSHE KAM

New Jersey Institute of Technology

Newark, N.J.

“For original and high-impact contributions to IEEE’s Educational Activities, expanding IEEE’s global reach and effectiveness.”

IEEE Honorary Membership

Sponsor: IEEE

SERGE HAROCHE

Collège de France

Paris

“For the development of cavity quantum electrodynamics, leading to fundamental quantum physics studies and to a wide range of applications.”

RODOLFO ZICH

Torino Wireless Foundation

Italy

“For leadership in the global integration of electrical and electronics engineering education and research.”


TECHNICAL FIELD AWARDS

IEEE Biomedical Engineering Award

Sponsors: IEEE Circuits and Systems, IEEE Computational Intelligence, and IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology societies.

K. KIRK SHUNG

University of Southern California

Los Angeles

“For contributions to ultrasound imaging and transducer technology.”

IEEE Cledo Brunetti Award

Sponsor: Brunetti Bequest

Akira Toriumi

University of Tokyo

“For contributions to CMOS device design from materials engineering to device physics.”

IEEE Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology Award

Sponsor: IEEE Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology Society

MICHAEL PECHT

University of Maryland

College Park

“For visionary leadership in the development of physics-of-failure-based and prognostics-based approaches to electronic packaging reliability.”

IEEE Control Systems Award

Sponsor: IEEE Control Systems Society

ARTHUR J. KRENER

Naval Postgraduate School

Monterey, Calif.

“For contributions to the analysis, control, and estimation of nonlinear control systems.”

IEEE Electromagnetics Award

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

GIORGIO FRANCESCHETTI

University of Naples Federico II

Naples, Italy

“For leadership in the academic world, teaching, research, and scientific activities in advanced electromagnetics.”

IEEE James L. Flanagan Speech and Audio Processing Award

Sponsor: IEEE Signal Processing Society

TAKEHIRO MORIYA

Moriya Research Lab

Atsugi, Japan

“For contributions to speech and audio coding algorithms and standardization.”

IEEE Fourier Award for Signal Processing

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

BEDE LIU

Princeton

“For foundational contributions to the analysis, design, and implementation of digital signal processing systems.”

IEEE Andrew S. Grove Award

Sponsor: IEEE Electron Devices Society

CARLOS H. DÍAZ

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.

Hsinchu

“For sustained contributions to and leadership in foundry advanced CMOS logic transistor technology.”

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

GEORGE ANDERS

Lodz University of Technology

Lodz, Poland

“For contributions to advances in computational methods for the thermal rating of electric power cables.”

IEEE Masaru Ibuka Consumer Electronics Award

Sponsor: Sony Corp.

STEVEN J. SASSON

Steven J. Sasson Consulting

Hilton, N.Y.

“For designing and building the first digital still camera.”

IEEE Internet Award

Sponsor: Nokia Corp.

HENNING SCHULZRINNE

Columbia

“For formative contributions to the design and standardization of Internet multimedia protocols and applications.”

IEEE Richard Harold Kaufmann Award

Sponsor: IEEE Industry Applications Society

G.S. PETER CASTLE

University of Western Ontario

London, Ont., Canada

“For developments of applied electrostatic devices and processes in industry, agriculture, and environmental protection.”

IEEE Joseph F. Keithley Award in Instrumentation and Measurement

Sponsors: Keithley Instruments, Inc. and the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society

SAMUEL P. BENZ

National Institute of Standards and Technology

Boulder, Colo.

“For creating and disseminating quantum-based superconducting voltage standards that form the basis for worldwide precision voltage measurements.”

IEEE Gustav Robert Kirchhoff Award

Sponsor: IEEE Circuits and Systems Society

P.P. VAIDYANATHAN

Caltech

“For fundamental contributions to digital signal processing.”

IEEE Koji Kobayashi Computers and Communications Award

Sponsor: NEC Corp.

LEANDROS TASSIULAS

Yale

“For contributions to the scheduling and stability analysis of networks.”

IEEE William E. Newell Power Electronics Award

Sponsor: IEEE Power Electronics Society

JOHANN W. KOLAR

ETH Zurich

“For contributions to the advancement of three-phase pulse-width modulation (PWM) converter systems and power electronics education.”

IEEE Daniel E. Noble Award for Emerging Technologies

Sponsor: Motorola Solutions Foundation

MARK G. ALLEN

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia

“For contributions to research and development, clinical translation, and commercialization of biomedical microsystems.”

IEEE Donald O. Pederson Award in Solid-State Circuits

Sponsor: IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society

MILES A. COPELAND

Retired

Carleton University

Ottawa, Ont., Canada

“For contributions to the design and application of switched-capacitor and RF signal processing circuits.”

IEEE Frederik Philips Award

Sponsor: Philips Electronics N.V.

KELIN J. KUHN

Cornell

“For technical leadership in the development and implementation of breakthrough CMOS technology.”

IEEE Photonics Award

Sponsor: IEEE Photonics Society

MARK E. THOMPSON

University of Southern California

Los Angeles

“For scientific and technical leadership in the conception, demonstration, and development of phosphorescent materials in organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays.”

IEEE Robotics and Automation Award

Sponsor: IEEE Robotics and Automation Society

RAFFAELLO D'ANDREA

ETH Zurich

“For pioneering contributions to design and implementation of distributed, cooperative robotics and automation systems for commercial applications.”

IEEE Frank Rosenblatt Award

Sponsor: IEEE Computational Intelligence Society

RONALD R. YAGER

Iona College

New Rochelle, N.Y.

“For contributions to the theory of fuzzy sets and systems.”

IEEE David Sarnoff Award

Sponsor: SRI International Sarnoff

HIROYUKI MATSUNAMI

Kyoto University

Yawata, Japan

“For contributions to the development of silicon carbide (SiC) crystals and devices for advanced power electronics.”

IEEE Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award

Sponsor: IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society

SIMON R. CHERRY

University of California

Davis

“For contributions to the development and application of in vivo molecular imaging systems.”

IEEE Innovation in Societal Infrastructure Award

Sponsors: Hitachi, Ltd. and the IEEE Computer Society

WILLIAM H. SANDERS

University of Illinois

Urbana–Champaign

“For the assessment-driven design of trustworthy cyber infrastructures for electric grid systems.”

IEEE Charles Proteus Steinmetz Award

Sponsor: IEEE Standards Association

HERMANN KOCH

Siemens AG

Erlangen Germany

“For leadership in and contributions to the development, standardization, and global impact of gas-insulating technology for substations (GIS) and high-voltage lines (GIL).”

IEEE Eric E. Sumner Award

Sponsor: Bell Labs, Nokia

Corecipients:

SHUO-YEN ROBERT LI

University of Electronic Science and Technology of China

Chengdu City

RAYMOND W. YEUNG

Chinese University of Hong Kong

NING CAI

Xidian University

Xi’an, Shaanxi, China

“For pioneering contributions to the field of network coding.”

IEEE Nikola Tesla Award

Sponsor: The IEEE Industry Applications and the IEEE Power & Energy societies

BRUNO LEQUESNE

E-Motors Consulting

Menomonee Falls, Wisc.

“For contributions to the design and analysis of actuators, sensors, and motors for automotive applications.”

IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award

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

YONINA ELDAR

Technion-Israel Institute of Technology

Haifa

“For development of the theory and implementation of sub-Nyquist sampling with applications to radar, communications, and ultrasound.”

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

PETROS IOANNOU

University of Southern California

Los Angeles

“For contributions to the design, analysis, and implementation of adaptive cruise-control systems.”


TEACHING AWARDS

IEEE Leon K. Kirchmayer Graduate Teaching Award

Sponsor: Leon K. Kirchmayer Memorial Fund

K.J. RAY LIU

University of Maryland

College Park

“For exemplary teaching and curriculum development, inspirational mentoring of graduate students, and broad educational impact in signal processing and communications.”

IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award

Sponsor: IEEE Education Society

TERRI FIEZ

Oregon State University

Corvallis

“For innovative undergraduate engineering and computing curriculum development fostering student engagement and retention.”


PRIZE PAPER

IEEE Donald G. Fink Award

Sponsor: IEEE Life Members Fund

Timothy York

Southern Illinois University

Edwardsville

Samuel B. Powell

Washington University

St. Louis

Shenkui Gao

Apple, Inc.

Cupertino, Calif.

Lindsey Kahan

Washington University School of Medicine

St. Louis

Tauseef Charanya

Boston Consulting Group

Toronto

Debajit Saha

Washington University

Nicholas W. Roberts

University of Bristol

England

Thomas W. Cronin

University of Maryland

Baltimore

Justin Marshall

University of Queensland

Brisbane, Australia 

Samuel Achilefu

Washington University

Spencer P. Lake

Washington University

Baranidharan Raman

Washington University

Viktor Gruev

Washington University

For the paper, “Bioinspired Polarization Imaging Sensors: From Circuits and Optics to Signal Processing Algorithms and Biomedical Applications,” Proceedings of the IEEE, Vol. 102, No. 10, pp. 1450–1469, October 2014.

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

*This article has been updated.

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