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Professor Kam Lau - 2013 Pioneer Award Winner

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In the video below, IEEE AESS fellow member Professor Kam Lau discusses his work at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in the 1970’s and 1980’s where he developed an ultra-stable RF-over-fiber system for ultra-precise, long-distance synchronization of antennas. Deployed since the 1990s, this system is still operating today as a key enabling infrastructure in all 3 of NASA's global Deep Space Network complexes. In 2013, Professor Kam Lau and his JPL colleague George Lutes were awarded the Aerospace Electronic Systems Society Pioneer Award for their contributions to ultra-Stable Frequency/Timing Fiber Optic Transfer which have enabled NASA’s ground based Deep Space communication networks and spaceborne planetary radar Imaging systems for three decades.

The AES Society 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.

The winner(s) will receive a handsome cast bronze plaque and a $3,000 prize, usually at an AESS sponsored or co-sponsored conference in the fall. Honoring such persons and recalling their achievements is considered an important function of our professional organization. 

The AESS is currently seeking nominations for the 2020 Pioneer Award. 
Nominations are due by 1 December, 2020. Please consider nominating a worthy candidate using the form found here.

For more information about the Society Pioneer Award click here, or contact the AESS Awards Chair, Fulvio Gini.

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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