Recommend a Candidate for a 2020 IEEE Award

Recognize colleagues by nominating them for IEEE’s highest awards

6 December 2018

Each year IEEE pays tribute to technical professionals whose outstanding contributions have made a lasting impact on technology and the engineering profession. The IEEE Awards program seeks nominations annually for IEEE’s top awards—Medals, Recognitions, and Technical Field Awards—that are given on behalf of the IEEE Board of Directors.

The Medals and Recognitions are presented at the annual IEEE Honors Ceremony. The 2019 event is scheduled for 17 May at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, in conjunction with the IEEE Vision, Innovation, and Challenges Summit.

You don’t have to be an IEEE member to receive an award or to nominate or endorse a candidate. Nominations for 2020 IEEE Technical Field Awards are due by 15 January, and ones for medals and recognitions are due by 15 June. These are annual deadlines.

For help with submitting a nomination—including award criteria, candidate eligibility, and submission guidelines—visit For a list of IEEE awards accepting nominations and to download nomination forms, visit

The IEEE Awards Board has an ongoing initiative to increase diversity among its selection committees and candidates, including their technical discipline, geography, and gender. Help by nominating a colleague for one of the following:


IEEE Medal of Honor

Sponsor: IEEE Foundation

For an exceptional contribution or an extraordinary career in the IEEE fields of interest.

IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal

Sponsor: Nokia Bell Labs

For exceptional contributions to communications and networking sciences and engineering.

IEEE Edison Medal

Sponsor: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

For a career of meritorious achievement in electrical science, electrical engineering, or the electrical arts.

IEEE Medal for Environmental and Safety Technologies

Sponsor: Toyota Motor Corp.

For outstanding accomplishments in the application of technology in the fields of interest of IEEE that improve the environment and/or public safety.

IEEE Founders Medal

Sponsor: IEEE Foundation

For outstanding contributions in the leadership, planning, and administration of affairs of great value to the electrical and electronics engineering profession.

IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal

Sponsor: Qualcomm, Inc.

For exceptional contributions to information sciences, systems, and technology.

IEEE Medal for Innovations in Healthcare Technology

Sponsor: IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society

For exceptional contributions to technologies and applications benefiting healthcare, medicine, and the health sciences.

IEEE Jack S. Kilby Signal Processing Medal

Sponsor: Texas Instruments, Inc.

For outstanding achievements in signal processing.

IEEE James H. Mulligan, Jr. Education Medal

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

For a career of outstanding contributions to education in the fields of interest of IEEE.

IEEE Jun-ichi Nishizawa Medal

Sponsor: The Federation of Electric Power Companies, Japan

For outstanding contributions to material and device science and technology, including practical application.

IEEE Robert N. Noyce Medal

Sponsor: Intel Foundation

For exceptional contributions to the microelectronics industry.

IEEE Dennis J. Picard Medal for Radar Technologies and Applications

Sponsor: Raytheon Co.

For outstanding accomplishments in advancing the fields of radar technologies and their applications.

IEEE Medal in Power Engineering

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

For outstanding contributions to the technology associated with the generation, transmission, distribution, application, and utilization of electric power for the betterment of society.

IEEE Simon Ramo Medal

Sponsor: Northrop Grumman Corp.

For exceptional achievement in systems engineering and systems science.

IEEE John von Neumann Medal

Sponsor: IBM Corp.

For outstanding achievements in computer-related science and technology.

IEEE Honorary Membership

Sponsor: IEEE

To individuals not members of the IEEE who have rendered meritorious service to humanity in IEEE’s designated fields of interest.


IEEE Corporate Innovation Award

Sponsor: IEEE

For an outstanding innovation by an organization in an IEEE field of interest.


IEEE Richard M. Emberson Award

Sponsor: IEEE Technical Activities Board

For distinguished service advancing the technical objectives of the IEEE.

IEEE Haraden Pratt Award

Sponsor: IEEE Foundation

For outstanding volunteer service to the IEEE.

IEEE Honorary Membership

Sponsor: IEEE

To individuals not members of the IEEE, who have rendered meritorious service to humanity in IEEE’s designated fields of interest.

IEEE Theodore W. Hissey Outstanding Young Professional Award

Sponsor: IEEE

For contributions to the technical community and IEEE fields of interest.

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