Nominate a Young Professional for New Award

Deadline approaching for the IEEE Theodore W. Hissey Outstanding Young Professional Award

22 January 2018

Do you know a member of the IEEE Young Professionals group who has made significant contributions to the engineering field? If so, consider nominating that person for the IEEE Theodore W. Hissey Outstanding Young Professional Award. The deadline is 15 June.

The new award is designed to honor members who have graduated from university fewer than 15 years ago. Recipients will have impacted the profession, society, or both through contributions to the technical community and IEEE fields of interest. Additional considerations include having a track record of volunteer contributions to IEEE and other achievements such as publishing noteworthy articles and holding patents.

The annual award will be presented at the IEEE Honors Ceremony. The prize consists of a certificate and a crystal sculpture.


The award is a tribute to Hissey, IEEE Life Fellow and director emeritus, noted for his strong support of Young Professionals. Hissey says it’s an honor to have the award carry his name.

“Since young professionals are the future of IEEE, we need to have them feel they are part of the organization. This award is a step in that direction,” he says. “We also have to continue to work hard to make this group feel it is really an important element of IEEE.”

Life Senior Member Joseph Lillie says, “Ted has been a mentor to young professionals his entire professional career, so it’s appropriate that IEEE establish an award in his name. Having known and served with Ted for several years, I’m honored to serve as chair of the award’s first selection committee.”

Other IEEE honors that recognize young professionals include the Member and Geographic Activities Young Professionals Achievement Award and the Young Professionals Hall of Fame Award.

IEEE membership offers a wide range of benefits and opportunities for those who share a common interest in technology. If you are not already a member, consider joining IEEE and becoming part of a worldwide network of more than 400,000 students and professionals.

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