IEEE to Debut Two Awards

Two new IEEE awards honor life sciences and rural electrification innovators

6 May 2009

Two new IEEE awards honor life sciences and rural electrification innovators.

The IEEE Medal for Innovations in Healthcare Technology will be awarded to an individual, a team of up to five in number or multiple recipients “for outstanding contributions and/or innovations in engineering within the fields of medicine, biology, and health-care technology.” The areas of technology recognized by this medal include, but are not limited to: bio-signal processing; biomedical imaging and image processing; bio-instrumentation; bio-sensors; bio micro/nano technologies; bio-informatics; computational biology and systems biology; cardiovascular and respiratory systems engineering; cellular and tissue engineering; bio-materials; bio robotics; bio-mechanics; therapeutic and diagnostic systems; medical device design and development; healthcare information systems; telemedicine; and emerging technologies in biomedicine (e.g.biophotonics).

The IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society is sponsoring the medal. Recipients receive a gold medal, a bronze replica, a certificate, and an honorarium.

The nomination deadline is 1 July, and the first presentation is scheduled for 2010. To learn more about this award, or to nominate a colleague, visit

The A.P. Seethapathy Rural Electrification Excellence Award honors engineers who have implemented efficient and inexpensive electrical power systems in rural areas. IEEE Member Ravi Seethapathy and his family members established the award in honor of his father, who was an electrical power engineer.

“IEEE has helped me immensely in my career,” says Seethapathy, who donated US$25,000 to create the fund. “I have given generously to the universities where I received my bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Now it’s time to give back to my fourth university: IEEE.”

The IEEE Power & Energy and Industry Applications societies share administrative duties for the award. The deadline for nominations is 1 February, and the recipient is to be announced on 15 March.

Visit the IEEE Foundation Web site or the IEEE Power & Energy site for more information about the award.

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