Current Award Recipients

Each year the IEEE Awards Board recommends a select group of recipients to receive IEEE’s most prestigious honors. These are the men and women whose exceptional achievements and outstanding contributions have made a lasting impact on technology, society, and the engineering profession.

IEEE recognizes their commitment to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity.

IEEE Medal of Honor
Jacob Ziv

“For fundamental contributions to information theory and data compression technology, and for distinguished research leadership.”

IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal
Nicholas M. McKeown

“For contributions to internet router architecture and software-defined networking.”

IEEE Mildred Dresselhaus Medal
Kristina M. Johnson

“For leadership and technical contributions spanning academia, government, and business.”

IEEE Edison Medal
Kenichi Iga

"For pioneering contributions to the concept, physics, and development of the vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser.”

IEEE Medal for Environmental and Safety Technologies
Kaushik Rajashekara

"For contributions to the advancement of transportation electrification technologies for the reduction of emissions and for improving energy efficiency."

IEEE Founders Medal
Henry Samueli

“For leadership in research, development, and commercialization of broadband communication and networking technology with global impact.”

IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal
Raymond W. Yeung

“For fundamental contributions to information theory and pioneering network coding and its applications.”

IEEE Medal for Innovations in Healthcare Technology
Ruzena Bajcsy

“For pioneering and sustained contributions to healthcare technology fundamental to computer vision, medical imaging, and computational anatomy.”

IEEE Jack S. Kilby Signal Processing Medal
Emmanuel Candès, Terence Tao, and Justin Romberg

“For groundbreaking contributions to compressed sensing.”

IEEE/RSE James Clerk Maxwell Medal
Evelyn Lynn Hu

“For leadership in nanoscale science and engineering, and for seminal contributions at the intersection of semiconductor electronics and photonics.”

IEEE James H. Mulligan, Jr. Education Medal
John D. Cressler

“For inspirational teaching and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students.”

IEEE Jun-ichi Nishizawa Medal
James J. Coleman

“For contributions to the development of strained-layer semiconductor lasers.”

IEEE Robert N. Noyce Medal
Lisa Su

“For leadership in ground-breaking semiconductor products and successful business strategies that contributed to the strength of the microelectronics industry.”

IEEE Dennis J. Picard Medal for Radar Technologies and Applications
Simon Haykin

“For contributions to the development of the theory and practice of radar, especially cognitive radar and adaptive filtering.”

IEEE Medal in Power Engineering
Praveen K. Jain

“For contributions to the theory and practice of high-frequency power-conversion systems.”

IEEE Simon Ramo Medal
Elisabeth Paté-Cornell

“For sustained leadership in developing theory and applications of probability risk analysis for the design and evaluation of complex engineering systems.”

IEEE John von Neumann Medal
Jeffrey Adgate Dean

“For contributions to the science and engineering of large-scale distributed computer systems and artificial intelligence systems.”

IEEE Honorary Membership
Edward C. Stone

“For decades of exceptional scientific and engineering achievements that have profoundly impacted the world’s progress in space exploration.”

IEEE Corporate Innovation Award
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Limited

“For leadership in 7 nanometer semiconductor foundry technology, enabling customers’ innovations in widespread applications.”

IEEE Richard M. Emberson Award
Lewis Terman

“For contributions to and leadership of multiple IEEE technical Societies, the Technical Activities Board, and the IEEE Humanitarian Technology Activities.”

IEEE Haraden Pratt Award
Evelyn H. Hirt

“For steadfast service and leadership dedicated to the IEEE mission and members across all corporate, geographic, technical, and educational levels.”

IEEE Theodore W. Hissey Outstanding Young Professional Award
Kartik Kulkarni

“For contributions to the technical fields of transactions and in-memory databases, as well as for enabling young professionals working on technologies for sustainable development.”

IEEE Eric Herz Outstanding Staff Member
[photo] Eric Herz Award Certificate
2020 Recipient: Patrick R. Ryan

“For leadership in creating a successful model for IEEE and Society memberships by fostering member value and partnerships with volunteers.”

IEEE Biomedical Engineering Award
[photo] Katherine Whittaker Ferrara
Katherine Whittaker Ferrara

“For the integration of ultrasound and engineered vesicles in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.”

Cledo Brunetti Award
[photo] Jesus A. del Alamo
Jesus A. del Alamo

“For leadership in and contributions to InGaAs- and GaN-based field-effect transistor technology.”

IEEE Control Systems Award
[photo] Hidenori Kimura
Hidenori Kimura

“For contributions to synthesis theory of control systems and its applications to manufacturing devices and systems.”

IEEE Electromagnetics Award
[photo] Constantine Balanis
Constantine A. Balanis

“For contributions to electromagnetics through excellence in book authorship, teaching, and antenna research.”

IEEE Electronics Packaging Award
[photo] Chin C. Lee
Chin C. Lee

“For contributions to new silver alloys, new bonding methods, flip-chip interconnect, and education for electronics packaging.”

IEEE James L. Flanagan Speech and Audio Processing Award
[photo] David Nahamoo
David Nahamoo

“For contributions and leadership in research and deployment of spoken language technologies.”

IEEE Fourier Award for Signal Processing
[photo] K. J. Ray Liu
K. J. Ray Liu

“For outstanding leadership in and pioneering contributions to signal processing for wireless sensing and communications.”

IEEE Andrew S. Grove Award
Hideaki Aochi, Ryota Katsumata, and Masaru Kito

“For pioneering and sustained contributions to high-density, three-dimensional flash memory.”

IEEE Andrew S. Grove Award
Ryota Katsumata, Masaru Kito, and Hideaki Aochi

“For pioneering and sustained contributions to high-density, three-dimensional flash memory.”

IEEE Andrew S. Grove Award
Masaru Kito, Hideaki Aochi, and Ryota Katsumata

"For pioneering and sustained contributions to high-density, three-dimensional flash memory."

IEEE Herman Halperin Electric Transmission and Distribution Award
[photo] Brian Stott
Brian Stott

“For contributions to the development and application of power flow and optimal power flow analysis.”

IEEE Masaru Ibuka Consumer Electronics Award
[photo] Steve Wozniak
Steve Wozniak

“For pioneering the design of consumer-friendly personal computers.”

IEEE Richard Harold Kaufmann Award
[photo] Stephen McArthur
Stephen McArthur

“For innovative contributions to the advancement of intelligent systems for power engineering applications.”

IEEE Joseph F. Keithley Award in Instrumentation and Measurement
Eric W. Strid & K. Reed Gleason

“For contributions to RF microprobing measurement techniques enabling accurate on-wafer circuit testing.”

IEEE Joseph F. Keithley Award in Instrumentation and Measurement
K. Reed Gleason & Eric W. Strid

“For contributions to RF microprobing measurement techniques enabling accurate on-wafer circuit testing.”

IEEE Gustav Robert Kirchhoff Award
[photo] Thomas H. Lee
Thomas H. Lee

“For pioneering CMOS technology for high performance wireless circuits and systems.”

IEEE Leon K. Kirchmayer Graduate Teaching Award
Andrea Goldsmith

“For educating, developing, guiding, and energizing generations of highly successful students and postdoctoral fellows.”

IEEE Koji Kobayashi Computers and Communications Award
[photo] Hari Balakrishnan
Hari Balakrishnan

“For broad contributions to computer networking and mobile and wireless systems.”

IEEE William E. Newell Power Electronics Award
[photo] Robert W. Erickson
Robert W. Erickson

“For contributions to power electronics education and analysis, modeling, and design of power converters.”

IEEE Donald O. Pederson Award in Solid-State Circuits
[photo] A. Paul Brokaw
A. Paul Brokaw

“For leadership in the design of voltage references, amplifiers, and power management, and for contributions to the principles of analog circuit design.”

IEEE Photonics Award
[photo] Jack Jewell
Jack Jewell

“For seminal and sustained contributions to the development and commercialization of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSEL).”

IEEE Robotics and Automation Award
Jean-Claude Latombe & Tomás Lozano Pérez

“For foundational contributions to robot motion planning and visionary leadership of the field.”

IEEE Robotics and Automation Award
Tomás Lozano-Pérez & Jean-Claude Latombe

“For foundational contributions to robot motion planning and visionary leadership of the field.”

IEEE Frank Rosenblatt Award
[photo] Jim Keller
Jim Keller

“For fundamental work on fuzzy pattern recognition, fuzzy clustering, and fuzzy technologies in computer vision.”

IEEE Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award
Michel Defrise

“For key developments in image reconstruction for positron emission tomography and x-ray computer tomography.”

IEEE Innovation in Societal Infrastructure Award
[photo] Elisa Bertino
Elisa Bertino

“For advancing the security and privacy of new-generation cellular networks.”

IEEE Charles Proteus Steinmetz Award
[photo] Haran Karmaker
Haran Karmaker

“For leadership in and contributions to the development of standards for electrical machines.”

IEEE Eric E. Sumner Award
[photo] En-hui Yang
En-hui Yang

“For contributions to the theory and practice of source coding.”

IEEE Nikola Tesla Award
[photo] Zi-Qiang Zhu
Zi-Qiang Zhu

“For contributions to the design, modeling, control, and application of ac permanent magnet machines and drives.”

IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award
[photo] Zhu Han
Zhu Han

“For contributions to game theory and distributed management of autonomous communication networks.”

IEEE Transportation Technologies Award
[photo] Philip T. Krein
Philip T. Krein

“For contributions to electric vehicle battery management and hybrid system optimization.”

IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award
[photo] Cristiane A. Pimentel
Cristiane A. Pimentel

“For encouraging women to pursue STEM careers, and developing industry-based projects for social justice.”