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2015 Robert T. Hill Award Winner

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The Robert T. Hill Best Dissertation Award is an annual IEEE/AESS award to recognize candidates that have recently received a Ph.D. degree and have written an outstanding Ph.D. dissertation that has made particularly noteworthy contributions in a field of interest of the Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society. Its purpose is to grant international recognition for the most outstanding Ph.D. dissertation by an AESS member in the year she/he is nominated. The winner of this distinguished award receives a commemorative plaque and a $1000 honorarium.

Robert (Bob) Tyler Hill (1935 – 2014) was an electrical engineer and Life Fellow of the IEEE who pioneered the development of ship-borne phased array radar systems and championed international cooperation between radar engineers. After his retirement, Bob worked with great enthusiasm, energy and success as an educator and proponent of the radar art, showing particular dedication to nurturing and inspiring the next generation of young engineers. To honor his remarkable legacy in technical excellence, international collaboration, and professional education, this new AESS award dedicated to rising young engineers was established and named after him.

The response to our call for nominations in this inaugural year of the award was extraordinary, not only in terms of the quantity and quality of nominations, but also the high level of international participation and the technical diversity of dissertation topics. Not surprisingly, the Robert T. Hill Best Dissertation Award is quickly establishing itself as one of the most prestigious and highly coveted AESS awards for young professionals. The international selection committee evaluated the candidate nomination packages and dissertations in considerable detail to select this year’s winner from a field of very strong candidates.


    Dr. Bosung Kang, 2015 Robert T. Hill Award Winner

I’m delighted to announce that the winner of the 2015 Robert T. Hill is Dr. Bosung Kang for his Ph.D. dissertation “Robust Covariance Matrix Estimation for Radar Space-Time Adaptive Processing (STAP)”. Dr Kang received the Ph.D. degree from Pennsylvania State University. Dr Kang’s dissertation was  characterized by a very clear and well-organized exposition of significantly new and insightful theoretical results of relevance to practical airborne radar applications that contribute an important advance in the state-of-the-art. Congratulations for this exceptional achievement, Bosung!


The AESS is currently seeking nominations for the 2016 Robert T. Hill award. An eligible candidate must be a graduate of an accredited university that requires a dissertation to receive a Ph.D. degree.  The nominee should be an IEEE AESS member for more than one year at the time of nomination. Preferentially, the nominee should have been awarded the Ph.D. degree in the last 12 months prior to the nomination. If you would like to nominate a candidate, please contact Prof Kathleen Kramer ([email protected]), the AESS Vice President for Education and Chair of the 2016 Robert T. Hill award. Further information about this and other AESS awards can be found on our website

Dr Giuseppe (Joe) Fabrizio
Executive Vice President, AESS

Field of Interest

“The field of interest shall be the organization, systems engineering, design, development, integration, and operation of complex systems for space, air, ocean, or ground environments. These systems include but are not limited to navigation, avionics, mobile electric power and electronics, radar, sonar, telemetry, military, law-enforcement, automatic test, simulators, and command and control."


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