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Professor Kam Lau - 2013 Pioneer Award Winner

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In the video below, IEEE AESS member, Professor Kam Lau discusses the work he did at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in the 1970’s and 1980’s developing an ultra-stable RF-over-fiber system for synchronizing antennas at NASA's Deep Space Network (DSN) which is a key infrastructure in all 3 of NASA's DSN global complexes. In 2013, Professor Kam Lau and his JPL colleague George Lutes were awarded the Aerospace Electronic Systems Society Pioneer Award for their contributions.

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 2018 Pioneer Award. 
Nominations are due by 1 December 2018 (extended from 31 July 2018). 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, Erwin Gangl.

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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