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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.

Chair of the Society Pioneer Award:

Awards Chair; Pioneer Award Chair; Pioneer Award Chair; Judith Resnik Award Chair; NAECON Rep; Assoc. of Old Crows Rep; AESS Magazine Contributing Editor; 2016 Nominations & Appointments Committee; Life Fellow
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$3,000 Honorarium (shared equally between multiple winners) and a Plaque for each winner.
Funded by the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society
At an AESS or IEEE Conference.
2015 - "“Founding Contributions to Modern Radio Physics and Statistical Antenna Theory (SAT)”"
2014 - "For contributions in the development and deployment of the Very High Speed Integrated Circuits Hardware Description Language (VHDL)"
2013 - "For Enabling NASA’s Deep Space Communications and Radar Imaging System via Ultra-Stable Frequency/Timing Fiber Optic Transfer"
2013 - "For Enabling NASA’s Deep Space Communications and Radar Imaging System via Ultra-Stable Frequency/Timing Fiber Optic Transfer"
2012 - "For Seminal and Pioneering Contributions to the Development and Commercialization of Aerospace Electronic Systems."
2011 - "For Pioneering Work in the Field of Aircraft/Missile Launch Systems"
2010 - "For Pioneering Contributions to the Development of Strapdown Inertial Instruments."
2009 - "For the independent discovery of matched filtering, adaptive filtering, and high-resolution pulse compression for an entire generation of Russian and Ukranian radars."
2008 - "For development of Commercial and Broadcast Satellites Over the Past 40 Years."
2007 - "For the original development of monopulse techniques for radar systems."
2006 - "For developing the fundamental concepts, system designs, and basic technology underpinning the design, development, testing, and fielding of the U.S. Army Firefinder family of radars."
2005 - "For the invention of the Moving Target Detector (MTD) digital signal processor for aircraft surveillance radar."
2004 - "For development of MIL-STD-1553: Multiplexed Data Bus Avionic Intra-System Communication Standard."

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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