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Welcome to the Awards Homepage of the IEEE/AESS website. Awards are a critical part of the IEEE recognition process for its members and others who have provided significant contributions to the advancement of the Aerospace and Electronic Engineering Profession. In this portion of the website, we identify the current awards that the Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society gives and others that we participate in either with other societies and the IEEE HQ.
You will find here the relevant award criteria, past award recipients, the nomination process, and other pertinent information. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need nomination support.
Erwin Gangl, AESS Awards Chairman
The Robert T. Hill Best Dissertation Award is an annual AESS award to recognize candidates that have recently received a Ph.D. degree and have written an outstanding Ph.D. dissertation in the 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.
An eligible candidate must be a graduate of an accredited university which 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 24 months prior to the nomination. The Ph.D. dissertation has to be deemed to have made a particularly noteworthy contribution in the AESS Field of Interest.
Chair of the Robert T. Hill Best Dissertation Award:
Call for Nominations - 2019 Robert T. Hill Best Dissertation Award - Nominations due 31 October 2019
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. This AESS award was dedicated to rising young engineers was established and named after Robert Tyler Hill to honor his remarkable legacy in technical excellence, international collaboration, and professional education.
The AESS is currently seeking nominations for the 2019 Robert T. Hill award intended to recognize an AES society member who was awarded the Ph.D. degree based upon a required dissertation in the past 24 months. To be eligible, a candidate must be a recent graduate of an accredited university that requires a dissertation to receive a Ph.D. degree. The nominee should have been an IEEE AESS member or student member in good standing for at least one year at the time of nomination. Preferentially, the nominee should have been awarded the Ph.D. degree in the last 24 months prior to the nomination. Nominations are typically made by a dissertation advisor and are submitted using the nomination form found provided below. A 200-word summary of the significance of the dissertation and two additional endorsing references will be required. For a nomination form or more information, please contact:
Lorenzo Lo Monte (email@example.com),
Chair of 2019 Robert T. Hill Award Committee and AESS Vice President for Education
Please use this Nomination Form to nominate a candidate for the Robert T. Hill Best Dissertation Award.
Noteworthy contributions in the AESS Field of Interest
The Judith A. Resnik Space Award is an annual AESS award to recognize candidates that have provided outstanding contributions to space engineering in the AESS Fields of Interest; i.e. “the organization, systems engineering, design, development, integration, and operation of complex systems for space, air, ocean, or ground environments.”
The candidate does not have to be an IEEE/AESS member, but given everything else being equal, a member will be given preferential consideration. The Space achievement has to be deemed to have made a particularly noteworthy contribution in the AESS Field of Interest.
Chair of the AESS Judith A. Resnik Space Award:
Please use this Nomination Form to nominate a candidate for the AESS Judith A. Resnik Space Award.
Nomination Deadline: 31 July
Importance of “space” contributions in the AESS Field of Interest
The Pioneer Award has been given annually since 1949 to an individual or team for “contributions significant to bringing into being systems that are still in existence today.” These systems fall within the specific areas of interest to the society, that is, electronic or aerospace systems. The contributions for which the award is bestowed are to have been made at least twenty (20) years prior to the year of the award, to ensure proper historical perspective. It is not a condition that any awardees should have been sole or original inventor or developer, “significant contribution” of a specific nature is the key criterion.
Society Pioneer Award Chair:
The AESS is currently seeking nominations for the 2019 Society Pioneer Award.
Nominations are due by 31 July. Please nominate a worthy candidate, seeing your candidate win is a rewarding experience. Nominations may be carried over to succeeding years for continued considerations. Nomination submissions should be sent via email to Fulvio Gini, AES Society Pioneer Award Chair.
Please use this Nomination Form to nominate a candidate for the Society Pioneer Award.
Importance of contributions.
Nomination Form - Due 31 July
This award, established in 2017, is to recognize candidates that have the unique capability of conceiving and organizing innovative and successful events in the field of interest of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society.
Submission Deadline: 31 December (extended)
Chair of the AES Society Outstanding Organizational Leadership Award:
Committee: Alfonso Farina, Fulvio Gini, Bob Rassa, Giuseppe A. Fabrizio
Factors that will be considered are: innovation in content and/or organizational approach; constructively bringing together industry, academia and government; visionary events that lead to new AESS services and/or advances in the fields; or those that advance AESS on a global basis; and those for which the candidate grows capability over multiple events and time.
Initiated in 1985, the IEEE AUTOTESTCON Frank McGinnis Professional Achievement Award is given in the memory of the late Frank McGinnis of the Sperry Corporation, who was instrumental in bringing military automated test to the forefront of visibility for government and industry alike. Mr. McGinnis founded the Navy Ad Hoc ATE Project for the Navy in 1975, under National Security Industrial Association (NSIA) leadership, to examine and recommend to the Navy a program of research and development to help increase the competency levels of automated test. This led to a Joint Services ATE Project that started in 1978 and had a similar purpose, except the focus was tri-service. The culmination was the formation in late 1980 of the NSIA Automated Test Committee, a permanent activity to maintain a focus on military automated test. This activity is still vibrant and functioning, as a Committee of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA, successor to the NSIA) Systems Engineering Division.
The Professional Achievement Award was established in Frank McGinnis' memory and honor to recognize managers or professionals in the ATE industry who have demonstrated long-term leadership in the field. The award is presented at the AUTOTESTCON awards luncheon by the AUTOTESTCON Board Chair or Vice-Chair.
The Frank McGinnis Award is presented at AUTOTESTCON to recognize a career of outstanding leadership, individual initiative, and technical contributions in automated test engineering. Nominees must have demonstrated specified professional achievement and leadership over a career span, and participation in AUTOTESTCON.
Please use this Nomination Form to nominate a candidate for the IEEE AUTOTESTCON Frank McGinnis Professional Achievement Award.
The Professional Achievement Award was established in Frank McGinnis’ memory and honor to recognize managers or professionals in the ATE industry who have demonstrated long-term leadership in the field. The Award is a renaming of the former AUTOTESTCON “Man Of The Year” award. The award is presented at the AUTOTESTCON awards luncheon by the AUTOTESTCON Board Chair or Vice-Chair. The Award includes a check, from the current AUTOTESTCON budget, in the amount of $2,000.00, plus a suitable permanent trophy. Prior to 2009, the award consisted of one-year stewardship of a perpetual trophy, and the following year, when the perpetual trophy was awarded to another recipient, the previous winner would receive a smaller “keeper” trophy or commemorative plaque, also sponsored by the then-current AUTOTESTCON committee from its budget. In 2009, the permanent award was given to the National Electronics Museum near Baltimore MD to be put on permanent display via a one-time grant from the Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society. The trophy is ordered by the AUTOTESTCON Board administrative assistant, and as previously noted, paid for by the current AUTOTESTCON Committee.
The IEEE AUTOTESTCON Frank McGinnis Professional Achievement Award is given in memory of the late Frank McGinnis of the Sperry Corporation, who was instrumental in bringing military automated test to the forefront of visibility for government and industry alike. Mr. McGinnis founded the Navy Ad Hoc ATE Project for the Navy in 1975, under National Security Industrial Association (NSIA) leadership, to examine and recommend to the Navy a program of research & development to help increase the competency levels of automated test. This led to a Joint Services ATE Project that started in 1978 and had a similar purpose, except the focus was tri-service. The culmination was the formation in late 1980 of the NSIA Automated Test Committee, a permanent activity to maintain a focus on military automated test. This activity is still vibrant and functioning, as a Committee of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA, successor to the NSIA) Systems Engineering Division.
The McGinnis Leadership Award is sponsored by the Board of Directors of AUTOTESTCON, and funded by the current year AUTOTESTCON.
• Nominees must have clearly demonstrated professional leadership in the ATE field spanning a career
• Nominees should have visibility to the outside world, beyond the normal functional duties of his/her organization
• Demonstrated accomplishments should have significant impact across the automated test community,
• Nominees should have visible participation in AUTOTESTCON
• Nominations may be submitted by any individual, regardless of affiliation
• Nominations should be accompanied by a short biographical sketch, along with a short (300-500 word) summary recommendation.
Nomination & Balloting Process
• A nominating committee will be appointed each year by January 1, consisting of two or more members of the AUTOTESTCON Board
• The Nominating Committee will solicit nominations via a variety of means, including AUTOTESTCON attendees, AUTOTESTCON exhibitors, AUTOTESTCON Board Sponsoring Societies (I&M, AESS), personal contacts, etc.
• Award nomination solicitations should be publicized via I&M Magazine and AESS Magazine announcements, along with notices sent to various trade publications and organizations that are concerned with automated test.
• Nominations are to be sent to the designated Agent of the Board
• The Nominating Committee shall screen all nominees to assure compliance with the established Criteria and Eligibility regulations, and prepare a final slate
• Once nominations are received and screened, and the slate prepared, which should occur no later than May 1 of each year, balloting shall occur among Board members, with each member having one vote.
• Ballots shall be sent to Board members with instructions to note 1st choice, 2nd choice, etc. Ballots shall be tallied by adding all numbers per candidate, with the lowest count winning. A ballot received with a blank space by a candidate’s name shall be counted as a number representing the highest number of candidates on the ballot.
• Ballots shall also have a “no award” entry, and if a simple majority of votes cast indicate “no award”, then the McGinnis award will be not presented for that year
• The McGinnis Award may only be received once by the same individual. The former “AUTOTESTCON Man Of The Year” is considered the predecessor award to the McGinnis award, and recipients of this award are included in this eligibility determination.
• Only those individuals who have been active within the past 2 years shall be eligible for the award.
• Current members of the Board of Directors are not eligible for the award.
The Board administrative assistant will inform the AUTOTESTCON Board Chairman of balloting results, and shall cause the awardee to be so notified to help assure his/her attendance at the current AUTOTESTCON. The awardee will be asked to submit a current photograph and biographical sketch to the Agent at least 90 days prior to the current AUTOTESTCON to allow publication in the Proceedings and the Conference Program.
Prior Frank McGinnis Award Winners
2015 – Mike Ellis
2014 – no award
2013 – Dennis Hecht
2012 – Loofie Guterman
2011 – David Walhermfechtel
2010 – no award
2009 - Leslie A. Orlidge
2008 - Peter H. Williamson
2007 - John W. Sheppard
2006 - Joseph C. O'Connell, Jr.
2005 - Donald Kump
2004 - William Ross
2003 – no award
2002 – no award
2001 - John Roche
1999 - Fred Liguori
1998 - Howard Savage
1997 - Robert G. Mager
1996 - Wright A. "Andy" Nodine
1995 - Milton G. Slade
1994 - Michael T. Ellis
1993 - John Colgan
1992 - Robert C. Rassa
1991 - Charles Scaturo
1990 - James A. (Bert) Houston
1989 - Oscar W. Sepp
1988 - Bernard P. Gollomp
1987 - Lee C. Paulson
1986 - Paul Giordano
1985 - Oliver T. Carver
Prior “Man of the Year” Winners
1984 - Patrick M. Toscano
1981 - Bernard P. Gollomp
1980 - David M. Goodman
1979 - Fred Liguori
Please send nomination materials to Chapter Coordinator, Alfonso Farina.
To annually recognize the AESS Chapter whose performance is particularly noteworthy during
the previous year. Separate awards may be given to the outstanding national and international chapter. Please see the previous award winners below.
Noteworthy performance in one or more categories: a) supporting AESS conferences, b) AESS membership drives, c) number of successful Chapter meetings.
The IEEE Dennis J. Picard Medal for Radar Technologies and Applications was established in 1999, in honor of Dennis J. Picard, whose lifetime of work at Raytheon Company helped make them a leader in tactical missile systems.
Sponsor: Raytheon Co.
Presented to: An individual or group of not more than three in number.
Scope: For outstanding accomplishments in advancing the fields of radar technologies and their applications.
Nomination deadline: 1 July
Description: This scholarship recognizes students pursuing studies in Electrical Engineering at the undergraduate level, and systems engineering at the graduate level.
Administration: The IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society
Eligibility: IEEE student members studying electrical/electronics engineering at the undergraduate level or first professional degree, and systems engineering at the graduate level, from an accredited university, with no other scholarships and a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.8 (7.5 in select countries) or above
Selection/Basis for Judging: Evaluations will be based on the application and stated financial need. The application shall include an essay on why these fields of study are important and how the applicant could have impact in these fields. At least 3 letters of recommendation shall be provided, two of which shall be from current or former university professors who taught the applicant or know him or her personally.
Prize Items: $5,000 and a certificate for Graduate student; $5,000 and a certificate for the Undergraduate student. Funds will be paid to the school on behalf of the student.
Funds: The Scholarships are fully funded by the IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society.
Nominee Solicitation: Call for Nominations will be circulated via the Society website, the Society email Newsletter, at AES conferences, in the AES Magazine, via AES Chapters and Student Branches, within the University systems, and social media.
Scholarship Committee: The Scholarship Committee consists of a Chair and two additional Society Board of Governors members, appointed by the Vice-President, Education.
Presentation: The award will be presented at an appropriate IEEE AESS Conference. Travel assistance for the recipient to attend an awards ceremony is not provided.
Publicity: The Society will develop an Award brochure advertising the award. This will be circulated at Society Conferences, IEEE Student Branches, IEEE Societies and Councils, University engineering department heads, University financial aid offices, posted on the Society website, posted in the Society Newsletter, and distributed via social media.
Deadline: 31 December 2018
Application: Engineering Scholarship Application 2019
To recognize an AESS Technical Panel whose performance is particularly noteworthy during the previous year in supporting AESS.
Noteworthy performance in one or more categories: a) leadership and/or participation in AESS conferences, b) generation and maintenance of IEEE Standards, c) generating and reviewing technical papers in their fields of interest, d) providing support and technical guidance in potential new areas of applications in their fields of interest.
Dana White Starr and Warren H. White established the Warren D. White Memorial Fund in 1999 and the Warren D. White Award to memorialize their father. The award is to recognize a radar engineer for outstanding achievements due to a major technical advance (or series of advances) in the art of radar engineering. The advance, significant, public, and well known, shall be evidenced by technical papers, inventions, presentations, or products.
Please use nomination form found here, do not use any nomination form but this one.
Chair of the Warren D. White Award:
(term commencement: November 2018), nominated by William Melvin (RSP Awards Chair)
Committee: Braham Himed, Mark Davis, Hugh Griffiths, Maria Sabrina Greco, Moeness Amin, Marshall Greenspan
Nomination Deadline: February 15, selection by April 1
A major technical contribution, or series of contributions, to the art of radar engineering evidenced to the radar community through technical papers, presentations, inventions, or products.
This award is in honor of the late Fred Nathanson and is sponsored by the IEEE Radar Systems Panel of the AES Society. The purpose of this award is to grant international recognition for outstanding contributions to the radar art. The goals of the Radar Systems Panel in granting this award are to encourage individual effort and to foster increased participation by developing radar engineers. Established to grant recognition for outstanding contributions to the radar art, this award, consisting of a plaque and honorarium, is to recognize a member of AESS who has not exceeded the age of 40 in the year of award receipt. Nominees must be a member (in any grade) of IEEE/AESS and must have made outstanding contributions to the radar art; nominations must permit appraisal of the contributions.
Please use the *NEW* nomination form found here. These are new and updated instructions, do not use any nomination form but this one.
Nomination Deadline: January 31 (selections completed by February 28).
Chair of the Fred Nathanson Memorial Radar Award:
(term commencement: November 2018), nominated by William Melvin (RSP Awards Chair)
Committee of the Fred Nathanson Memorial Radar Award:
John Stralka, Joe Fabrizio, Michael Inggs, William Melvin, Simon Watts, Martie Goulding, Pierfrancesco Lombardo. Nominated by Shannon Blunt (former Nathanson Chair, succeeded by John Stralka).
Process:The Nathanson selection committee is comprised of seven (7) members of the IEEE AES Radar Systems Panel, inclusive of the committee chair. Members of this committee generally serve during their tenure on the panel, though they may be rotated more frequently in the case of conflicts, whereby a member is perceived to receive a benefit from the success of one candidate over others. Committee membership strives to maintain a distribution that is internationally representative of the radar community. The award is advertised on the AESS webpage and in the AESS Systems Magazine. The committee chair solicits the education grant proposal to be funded under the Nathanson family gift, and the AESS Awards Chair provides approval.
The selection criteria is based on four equally weighted categories, which are a) the impact of contributions to the advancement of radar systems, b) the breadth of contributions to the radar art, c) engagement with the IEEE/AESS radar community, and d) the strength of the reference letters.
Individual contributions to the radar community through technical papers, presentations, inventions, or products.
Position, Location and Navigation Symposium (PLANS)
In 1986, the IEEE PLANS Executive Committee established an award for outstanding achievement. The purpose was to recognize individuals who have made a substantial contribution to the technology of navigation and position equipment, systems or practices. The committee has established this as a PLANS tradition, thus permitting the IEEE to recognize those who have contributed most significantly to this modern era of electronic navigation.
It is appropriate that the award has been named for Dr. Richard B. Kershner (1913-1982). Dr. Kershner participated in the initial conception and then led the development of Transit, the world's first navigation satellite system. His technical contributions and his leadership of the Program at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory are examples of the highest standards of personal and professional performance which this award is intended to recognize. The Transit Program was first funded in 1959, and the system become operational in 1964. During this short interval Dr. Kershner directed the development and launch of some of the world's first satellites, developed user equipment for both submarines and surface ships, and founded the science of satellite Doppler geodesy to improve knowledge of the earth's gravity field. The result was a navigation satellite system which served the U.S. Navy and tens of thousands of civil users worldwide.
AWARD SELECTION PROCESS & REQUIREMENTS:
Nominations are publically solicited in the PLANS call for abstracts brochure and through email. Nominations are due by January 20.
Nominations must include: a) the name and contact information of the nominee; b) contact information from the nominator; c) a supporting letter explaining why the individual should be considered for the award; and d) any other relevant information.
The PLANS Kershner Awards Committee vets the nominations and selects a winner when appropriate.
Chair of the Richard D.Kerschner Award:
For a complete list of past Kershner Award winners please see:
The IEEE award is recognized on the PLANS conference website and is published in the AESS Magazine in conjunction with a summary report on the PLANS conference.
1986 Bradford W. Parkinson
1988 Fred Aronowitz
1990 Bahar J. Uttam
1992 John Alvin Pierce & Eric R. Swanson
1994 Joseph Kilpatrick
1996 Charles Trimble
1998 Charles C. Counselman III
2000 Thomas A. Stansell
2002 R. Grover Brown
2004 Itzhack Bar-Itzhack
2006 Myron C. Kayton
2008 A. J. Van Dierendonck
2010 James Huddle
2012 Richard Greenspan
2014 Charles Volk
This award, established in 2000, is for the recognition of an individual who has made a substantial contribution to the technology of navigation and positioning equipment, systems, or practices. It is to recognize the best paper, in honor of the late Walter R. Fried, presented at the Position, Location and Navigation Symposium (PLANS) conference.
The Walter Fried Award for Best Paper is a personalized plaque and a financial honorarium of $750 for the lead author.
The selection criteria includes:
* technical content
* importance and timeliness of the subject matter
* conciseness, clarity and completeness of the written material.
The paper must appear in the proceedings, and must be presented by the lead author (who must be present to receive the award at the PLANS Awards Luncheon on Thursday).
Walter R. Fried
Walter Fried was born in Vienna, Austria in 1923. He immigrated to the United States at the age of 17 and first resided in Cincinnati, Ohio. During World War II, he served in the U. S. Army in Europe as a translator and interpreter. After the war, Walter earned his engineering degrees at the University of Cincinnati and Ohio State University.
Walter’s first professional job was at Wright Field in the then new field of airborne radar. His next job was at the General Precision Company in New Jersey where he contributed to the development of multi-beam Doppler radar for navigation system applications. This was followed by an assignment as Chief Scientist for the F-111 avionics at the North American Autonetics Division in California where he was also involved with the beginnings of the GPS program. He then became the Technical Director at Hughes Aircraft for the Relative Navigation portion of the Joint Tactical Information Distribution System (JTIDS).
In recognition of his professional engineering accomplishments, Walter was elected to be a Fellow in the IEEE in 1981 “for contributions and technical leadership in the development of Doppler radar and relative navigation systems.”
During his distinguished career, Walter generously volunteered his time to the IEEE Aerospace Electronics Systems Society (AESS) by serving on the Board of Governors for many years and coordinating the activities of the AESS Technical Panels and the Distinguished Lecturers Program of which he was also a participant. He was the AESS representative on the PLANS Executive Committee since the first conference in 1976 until his death at 75 in 1998.
Walter lectured widely throughout the world on navigation topics and was also well known internationally, for his work as a co-editor of both the 1st and 2nd editions of the important reference book "Avionics Navigation Systems".
Generally accepted criteria for publication in archival journals: technical content, innovation, importance and timeliness of the subject matter and conciseness, clarity and completeness of the written material.
The M. Barry Carlton Award acknowledges what is judged the best paper in the AES Transactions in each calendar year. In 1957, a year after his death in an air accident, M. Barry Carlton's friends established the award as a means to honor a man who had dedicated much of his life to promoting the reliability of communications equipment, especially that relating to air transportation. It is one of the IEEE's oldest awards and supports a wonderful tradition of excellence.
We urge our Transactions readers to participate in the tradition. If you have read a paper that you feel is outstanding (and it doesn't matter whether or not you are acquainted with the authors) please consider nominating it. The procedure is simple: just send a letter or email to the Editor-in-Chief (EIC) explaining the rationale for your choice, and arrange (for least) two endorsers who will send in supporting letters. In doing so you will not only show your respect for the authors (and possibly give great help to some deserving careers) but you also honor Mr. Carlton.
Chair of the M. Barry Carlton Award:
Importance as an advancement in state of the art, AES technology of interest to AESS members, originality, quality, scholarly character.
Established in 1979, this award is to recognize and foster excellence in clear communications of technical material of widespread interest to AESS members, and in doing so, to honor the contributions of AES Transactions Editor-in-Chief Emeritus Dr. Harry Rowe Mimno to the AESS and IEEE for over 50 years. The award is to the author of a paper which is primarily tutorial (including surveys), speculative, or which advocates new ideas or principles tending to promote debate. It is selected from among those published in the IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Magazine. Prior to 1987, the Mimno Award was made for contributions to IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems.
Chair of the Harry Rowe Mimno Award:
Excellence in clear communications and widespread interest to AESS members.