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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 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. 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:

BoG (2016-2018); VP Education; Distinguished Lecturers Chair; AESS Distinguished Lecturer (2017-2018); Online Tutorials Chair; Robert T. Hill Best Dissertation Award Chair; Cyber Security Panel Chair

Call for Nominations - 2017 Robert T. Hill Best Dissertation Award - Nominations due 15 August 2017
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 2017 Robert T. Hill award intended to recognize an AES society member who was awarded the PhD 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 at AESS Awards (http://ieee-aess.org/membership/awards). A 200-word summary of the significance of the dissertation and two additional endorsing references will be required. For nomination form or more information, please contact:  

Prof. Kathleen Kramer (k.kramer@ieee.org),
Chair of 2017 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: 
Graduate of an accredited university which requires a dissertation to receive a Ph.D. degree
Presentation: 
At an AESS or IEEE Conference
2017 - "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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