Help IEEE Recognize Innovators Who Have Transformed Our World

Nominate a colleague for IEEE’s highest awards or serve on a selection committee

9 December 2015

IEEE Fellow Ralph Baer invented the first home video-game console, Life Fellow Martin Cooper helped develop the handheld cellular telephone, and Life Fellow Mildred Dresselhaus is a pioneer of carbon science. What do they all have in common? All three Fellows have received one of IEEE’s top awards.

You can help IEEE honor innovators by nominating a colleague for one of the organization’s Technical Field Awards, Medals, and Recognitions. Each year the IEEE Awards program seeks nominations for the awards, which are presented on behalf of the IEEE Board of Directors.

Since the IEEE Awards program’s establishment in 1917 (when it was part of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, one of IEEE’s predecessors), it has paid tribute to technical professionals whose outstanding contributions have made a lasting impact on technology, the engineering profession, or humanity.

The top awards are presented at the annual IEEE Honors Ceremony. The 2016 event is scheduled for 18 June at Gotham Hall, in New York City. Look for award recipients to be announced this month on the IEEE Awards website


You don’t have to be an IEEE member to receive an award nor to nominate or endorse a candidate. For help with submitting a nomination, including award criteria, candidate eligibility, and submission guidelines, visit the Award Guidlines page.

Nominations are due 31 January for IEEE Technical Field Awards and 1 July for Medals and Recognitions.

Visit the Awards page for a list of IEEE awards and to download nomination forms. Completed forms must be e-mailed to


The IEEE Awards program needs volunteers to serve on its committees. Volunteers provide expertise in evaluating nominations and making recommendations to the IEEE Awards Board. You can apply to serve on one of the following committees or councils:

  • Awards Review Committee
  • Planning and Policy Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Presentation and Publicity Committee
  • Joint Awards with National Societies Committee
  • Medals Council
  • Technical Field Awards Council
  • Recognitions Council
  • Medal, Technical Field Award, and Recognition Selection committees

Questions? E-mail, or call +1 732 562 3844.

This article originally appeared in print as “Recognizing Innovators Who Transform Our World.”

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