IEEE Awards Board & Committees

IEEE Medals, Technical Field Awards, and Recognitions

The IEEE Awards Board administers the awards and recognition program of IEEE. Through its awards program, IEEE advances the interest of its members by recognizing their contributions in advancing the fields of interest to IEEE and to the benefit of society. By this means, the image and prestige of the organization, its members, and the profession are all enhanced.

Diversity Statement

IEEE awards recognize exceptional contributions to all IEEE fields of interest (technical and nontechnical) made by organizations and individuals regardless of nationality, gender, age, religion, ethnic background, or other personal characteristics not related to ability, performance, or qualifications. The IEEE Awards Program is committed to pursuing diversity in all its operations to help realize and maintain fair nomination and selection processes without bias or discrimination.

Since 1917, the IEEE Awards Program has paid tribute to technical professionals whose exceptional achievements and outstanding contributions have made a lasting impact on technology, society, the engineering profession, and humanity. Recipients of IEEE-level Awards are recognized as the most influential members in their chosen field. They are revered for their resolve to discover, extend, or complement technological advancements in education, industry, research, and service. Each year, new recipients join the prestigious IEEE Corporate Awards honoree list through a selective nomination and approval process. View the history of IEEE Awards by visiting the Engineering and Technology History Wiki.

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IEEE Awards Board Members at its February 2020 Retreat in Orlando, Florida, USA.
Pictured here: Seated Front Row (l-r): Mark Karol, Rich Cox, Karen Panetta; 2nd row (l-r): Vincenzo Piuri, Elza Erkip, Leslie Martinich, Jason Hui, Loretta Arellano; 3rd (l-r): Sohaib Qamar Sheikh, Eduardo Palacio, Paolo Montuschi, Charles J. Robinson, James N. Hollenhorst, Ronald G. Jensen, Antonio C. Ferreira, Michael R. Andrews, Robert L. Anderson
IEEE Awards Board Members at its February 2020 Retreat in Orlando, Florida, USA.

IEEE Awards Board Members at its February 2020 Retreat in Orlando, Florida, USA. The Awards Board holds a retreat every other year to discuss new set its strategic goals for the program.

IEEE Awards Board

  • Chair, Karen Panetta
  • Vice Chair, Nim K. Cheung
  • Past Chair, Richard V. Cox
  • Member-at-Large, Loretta Arellano
  • Member-at-Large, Serge Demidenko
  • Member-at-Large, Elza Erkip
  • Member-at-Large, Lorena Garcia
  • Division Director and Board Coordinator, Cecilia Metra
  • Region Director, Bob G. Becnel
  • Medals Council Chair, Amir G. Aghdam
  • Recognitions Council Chair, Celia Desmond
  • Technical Field Awards Council Chair, Michael P. (Peter) Kennedy
  • AB Presentation and Publicity Chair, Irena Atov
  • AB Treasurer, John Kenneth (Ken) Pigg
  • AB Joint Awards with National Societies Standing Committee Chair, Kukjin Chun
  • EAB/ARC Chair, Sundaram K. Ramesh
  • MGA/ARC Chair, Celia Desmond
  • SA/ARC Chair, Yatin Trivedi
  • TAB/ARC Chair, Paolo Montuschi
  • USA/ARC Chair, Jason Hui