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Description

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 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.

Prize

$3,000 USD honorarium (shared equally between multiple winners) and a plaque for each winner.

Funding

Funded by the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society

Presentation

At a convenient IEEE AESS conference

Eligibility

The candidate does not have to be an IEEE AESS member, but given everything else being equal, a member will be given preferential consideration.

Nomination Deadline
1 December
Application Details

For questions, please contact the AESS Awards Chair, Fulvio Gini at (Click to show email).

2021

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For contributions to signal processing and information fusion enabling advanced aerospace and electronic systems

2020

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For pioneering contributions to the analysis, design, development, and experimentation of digital-based adaptive radar systems.

2019

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For contributions to advanced simulation-based training and intelligent decision aiding for aerospace systems

2018

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For Contributions to the Technology and Implementation of the GPS Civilian Navigation System

2017

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Modeling, Simulation Analysis, Design of a Real-Time Expert System Constant False and Alarm Rate (CFAR)

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Modeling, Simulation Analysis, Design of a Real-Time Expert System Constant False and Alarm Rate (CFAR)

2016

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Algorithm Development, Experimental Demonstration, and Transition of Expert System Constant False Alarm Rate (CFAR) to Airborne Radar Systems

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Algorithm Development, Experimental Demonstration, and Transition of Expert System Constant False Alarm Rate (CFAR) to Airborne Radar Systems

2015

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Founding Contributions to Modern Radio Physics and Statistical Antenna Theory (SAT)

2014

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For contributions in the development and deployment of the Very High Speed Integrated Circuits Hardware Description Language (VHDL)

2013

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For Enabling NASA’s Deep Space Communications and Radar Imaging System via Ultra-Stable Frequency/Timing Fiber Optic Transfer

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For Enabling NASA’s Deep Space Communications and Radar Imaging System via Ultra-Stable Frequency/Timing Fiber Optic Transfer

2012

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For Seminal and Pioneering Contributions to the Development and Commercialization of Aerospace Electronic Systems.

2011

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For Pioneering Work in the Field of Aircraft/Missile Launch Systems

2010

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For Pioneering Contributions to the Development of Strapdown Inertial Instruments

2009

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For the independent discovery of matched filtering, adaptive filtering, and high-resolution pulse compression for an entire generation of Russian and Ukranian radars

2008

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For development of Commercial and Broadcast Satellites Over the Past 40 Years.

2007

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For the original development of monopulse techniques for radar systems

2006

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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

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For the invention of the Moving Target Detector (MTD) digital signal processor for aircraft surveillance radar

2004

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For development of MIL-STD-1553: Multiplexed Data Bus Avionic Intra-System Communication Standard.

2003

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2002

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2000

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1998

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1995

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1994

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For Global Positioning System (GPS)

1993

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For Stealth technology

1992

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For Laser systems

1991

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For Airborne moving-target radars

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For Airborne moving-target radars

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For Airborne moving-target radars

1990

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For The Whirlwind computer

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For The Whirlwind computer

1989

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For Microwave landing systems

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For Microwave landing systems

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For Microwave landing systems

1988

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For Radar pulse compression

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For Radar pulse compression

1987

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For Weather satellite automatic picture transmission

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For Weather satellite automatic picture transmission

1986

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For Transit satellite navigation

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For Transit satellite navigation

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For  Transit satellite navigation

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For Transit satellite navigation

1985

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For Synthetic aperture radar

1984

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For High-repetition-rate airborne pulse-doppler radar

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For High-repetition-rate airborne pulse-doppler radar

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For High-repetition-rate airborne pulse-doppler radar

1983

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For Voice and data radio communications and electronics

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For Voice and data radio communications and electronics

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For Voice and data radio communications and electronics

1982

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For Voice and data radio communications and electronics

1981

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For Spread-spectrum communications

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For Spread-spectrum communications

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For Spread-spectrum communications

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For Spread-spectrum communications

1980

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For Distance measuring equipment

1979

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For Pilotless aircraft

1978

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For Inertial technology

1977

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For Monostatic radar

1976

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For Zero reader flight display

1975

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For Microwave radar

1974

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For Precision omnidirectional microwave beacons

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For Precision omnidirectional microwave beacons

1973

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For Air traffic control secondary radar

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For Secondary radar system development

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For Secondary radar beacon design

1972

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For Time-division multiplex telemetry

1971

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For LORAN-C navigation

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For LORAN-C navigation

1970

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For Doppler VOR

1969

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For DECCA (hyperbolic) navigation

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For DECCA (hyperbolic) navigation

1968

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For Aircraft ground speed using doppler

1967

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For Frequency modulated radio altimeters

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For Frequency modulated radio altimeters

1966

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For Hyperbolic radio navigation

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For The radio range (circa 1907)

1965

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For VOR & ILS navigation antennas; the Alford Loop

1964

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For Sonne (Consol) and other instrument landing systems (ILS)

1963

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For Aircraft approach and landing radar

1962

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For VHF omni-range (VOR)

1961

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For Radio navigation systems: Loran, Skywave, RaduX, Omega

1960

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For Visual “L–R” radio compass

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For Aircraft approach and landing electronics

1959

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For Aircraft automatic radio direction finding

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For Aircraft automatic radio direction finding

1958

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For Arctic, Antarctic and transatlantic flight radio communication

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For Four-course radio range beacon

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For Four-course radio range beacon

1957

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For Directional properties of radio transmission and reception (circa 1905)

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For Direction finding, altimetry, ignition shielding, and radar

1956

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For Radio direction finding (circa 1900)

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For Airborne antennas and radio range systems

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For Marine radio direction finding; radio compass

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For Two-way voice radio for aircraft

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For Automatic phase comparison direction finding

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For Ground and airborne radio equipments

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For Radio aids to navigation; radio range; direction finding; instrumented low approach

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For Development facilities for aircraft communications, navigation and traffic control including AACS

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For Development facilities for aircraft communications, navigation, and traffic control including AACS

1955

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For Wave propagation to/from aircraft; the Kolster localizer system

1954

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For Replacement of radio batteries by AC; radio aids to marine and air navigation; and blind landing system (today’s ILS)

1953

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For Radio direction finding for aircraft and the omnidirectional range

1952

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For Use of (radio) waves for detection of ship traffic (circa 1922)

1951

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For “Highways in the Sky”—The forerunner of today’s ATC

1950

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For Electronic Countermeasures

1949

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For Leadership in the development of aircraft electronics