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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 or student member in good standing 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. The dissertation must be written in English. Translated from another language to English is allowed.


Chair of the Robert T. Hill Best Dissertation Award:

BoG (2018-2020); VP Education (2019-2020); AESS Short Course Instructor; AESS Rep to the Sensors Council (2016-2017), Young Professionals Program Representative (2018); AESS Distinguished Lecturer (2020-2022)

Call for Nominations - Robert T. Hill Best Dissertation Award - Nominations due 31 October
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 Robert T. Hill award, which recognizes 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 be an IEEE AESS member or student member in good standing 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 protected]),
     Chair of the 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. 


 

Prize: 
$1,000 Honorarium and a Plaque.
Funding: 
Funded by the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society.
Eligibility: 
Must be a graduate of an accredited university which requires a dissertation to receive a Ph.D. degree. Must be an AESS member or student member in good standing at the time of submission of the application package.
Presentation: 
At a convenient IEEE or AESS conference.
2019 - ""In recognition of the Ph.D. dissertation Passive Radar on Moving Platforms Exploiting DVB-T Transmitters of Opportunity.""
2018 - "Design and Optimization of Physical Waveform-Diverse and Spatially-Diverse Radar Emissions"
2017 - "“Topics in MIMO Radars: Sparse Sensing and Spectrum Sharing” "
2016 - "MIMO Radars with Sparse Sensing"
2015 - "Robust Covariance Matrix Estimation for Radar Space-Time Adaptive Processing (STAP)"

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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