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IEEE AESS Early Career Award

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To recognize an individual, whose age has not reached the 41th birthday by the nomination deadline, and who has made outstanding contributions to aerospace and electronic systems. The “early career award” for Radar is the Fred Nathanson Award. This early Career Award is for an individual working in all the other areas of interest of AESS.


Download Nomination Form here.

Nomination Deadline:  December 1 (selections completed by February 28).


Chair of the IEEE AESS Early Career Award:

BoG (2020-2022); BoG (2013-2018); VP Technical Operations (2018-2020); VP Member Services (2014-2016); AESS Distinguished Lecturer (2020-2022); IEEE Fellow

Nominations to IEEE AESS Early Career Award are non-compatible with parallel nominations to Fred Nathanson Award. The endowed Fred Nathanson Early Career award is only for an individual working in radar technologies; the AESS Early Career Award is for an individual working in all the other areas of interest of AESS.  In case of double nomination the decision to void one or the other nomination is left to the AESS Awards Chair. Any unresolved disagreements between the Fred Nathanson and Early Career awards chairs will be settled by the AESS President. A nominee can only be in one of the two categories and can only win one of the two awards. Eligibility and Selection process shall comply with procedures and regulations established in IEEE and Society governing documents, particularly with IEEE Policy 4.4 on Awards Limitations. Previous winners of this award are ineligible.

Prize: 
$2,000 USD for the awardee and a plaque. In addition, the reimbursement of up to $1,000 USD to attend the award ceremony can be authorized by the AESS President.
Funding: 
The award will be funded out of the annual IEEE AESS operating budget and the budget will remain net positive with inclusion of the award.
Eligibility: 
This award is to recognize an individual, whose age has not reached the 41th birthday by the nomination deadline, and who has made outstanding contributions to aerospace and electronic systems. The recipient must be a current member of the IEEE and AESS and have been a member of the IEEE and AESS for at least the previous 3 calendar years plus the year of the nomination. Current officers and members of the AESS Board of Governors are are ineligible, as well as are ineligible previous recipients of this award, of the Fred Nathanson Early Career Award and winners of IEEE Field Awards. Self-nominations are not accepted. Members of the AESS Board of Governors are not permitted to submit nominations or reference letters.
Basis for Judgement: 

Criteria for the candidate selection are quality, significance and impact of contributions, papers published in archival journals, papers presented at conferences and symposia, patents, best paper awards, editorial roles, demonstration of leadership, and, in general all the demonstrated and objective achievements which have led to advancement of the AES engineering profession. The award selection committee will develop the selection criteria and appropriate weightings based on the impact and breadth of the nominees’ contributions to the advancement of AES knowledge and technologies and the strength of reference letters.

Presentation: 
Presentation shall be made at a convenient IEEE AESS conference.

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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