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Welcome to the Awards Homepage of the IEEE/AESS website. Awards are a critical part of the IEEE recognition process for its members and others who have provided significant contributions to the advancement of the Aerospace and Electronic Engineering Profession. In this portion of the website, we identify the current awards that the Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society gives and others that we participate in either with other societies and the IEEE HQ.

You will find here the relevant award criteria, past award recipients, the nomination process, and other pertinent information. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need nomination support.

Erwin Gangl, AESS Awards Chairman

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

AESS Awards

AESS Awards

IEEE AESS Organizational Leadership Award

This award, established in 2017, is to recognize candidates that have the unique capability of conceiving and organizing innovative and successful events in the field of interest of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society.

To submit a nomination electronically, please use this Nomination Form.  

Submission Deadline: 1 December

Prize:
$1,000 and Plaque. In the case of multiple recipients, a plaque will be given to each recipient and the prize will be shared equally. In case of financial hardship, up to $1,500 in travel expenses can be authorized by the AESS President to allow the recipient to attend the AESS conference award ceremony.
Funding:
Funded by the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society.
Eligibility:
The nominee shall be the proponent and/or the organizer of a pattern, or a focused single event, in AESS’s fields of interest. The candidate does not have to be an IEEE or AESS member; however, the event must qualify as one approved by the AESS BoG to be within its established fields of interest. Current voting members of the AESS BoG or current members of the Award Committee are ineligible for the award while in that status.
Basis for Judgement:

Factors that will be considered are:  innovation in content and/or organizational approach; constructively bringing together industry, academia and government; visionary events that lead to new AESS services and/or advances in the fields; or those that advance AESS on a global basis; and those for which the candidate grows capability over multiple events and time.

Presentation:
Presented at any one of the AESS sponsored conferences, but preference should be given to those conferences that host the twice-yearly Board of Governer’s meeting.
Exceptional Service Award

This award is considered a "Certificate of Merit" and is recognized with a plaque.

IEEE AESS Robert T. Hill Best Dissertation Award

The IEEE AESS 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 or student member in good standing 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. The Ph.D. dissertation has to be deemed to have made a particularly noteworthy contribution in the AESS Field of Interest. The dissertation must be written in English. Translated from another language to English is allowed.


Call for Nominations - IEEE AESS Robert T. Hill Best Dissertation Award - Nominations due 31 October
The IEEE AESS 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 IEEE AESS Robert T. Hill Best Dissertation Award, which recognizes an AES society member who was awarded the Ph.D. 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 be an IEEE AESS member or student member in good standing 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 provided below. A 200-word summary of the significance of the dissertation and two additional endorsing references will be required. For a nomination form or more information, please contact:  


Please use this Nomination Form to nominate a candidate for the IEEE AESS Robert T. Hill Best Dissertation Award. 


 

Prize:
$1,000 Honorarium and a Plaque.
Funding:
Funded by the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society.
Eligibility:
Must be a graduate of an accredited university which requires a dissertation to receive a Ph.D. degree. Must be an AESS member or student member in good standing at the time of submission of the application package.
Basis for Judgement:

Noteworthy contributions in the AESS Field of Interest.

Presentation:
At a convenient IEEE or AESS conference.
IEEE AESS Judith A. Resnik Space Award

The Judith A. Resnik Space Award is an annual AESS award to recognize candidates that have provided outstanding contributions to space engineering in the AESS Fields of Interest; i.e. “the organization, systems engineering, design, development, integration, and operation of complex systems for space, air, ocean, or ground environments.” 

The candidate does not have to be an IEEE/AESS member, but given everything else being equal, a member will be given preferential consideration.  The Space achievement has to be deemed to have made a particularly noteworthy contribution in the AESS Field of Interest. 


Please use this Nomination Form to nominate a candidate for the AESS Judith A. Resnik Space Award.

Nomination Deadline: 1 December


 

Prize:
$2,000 Honorarium (shared equally between multiple winners) and a Plaque for each winner.
Funding:
Funded by the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society.
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.  The Space achievement has to be deemed to have made a particularly noteworthy contribution in the AESS Field of Interest. 
Basis for Judgement:

Importance of “space” contributions in the AESS Field of Interest.

Presentation:
At a convenient IEEE or AESS conference.
IEEE AESS Industrial Innovation Award

To recognize an individual or team at any level who were industry employees whose technical contributions have resulted in significant advances in integrated electronic systems and large-scale integrated interoperable systems within the scope of the Society.


Please use this  Nomination Form  to nominate a candidate for the AESS Industrial Innovation Award.

Nomination Deadline: 1 December 


 

Prize:
$1,500 Honorarium per awardee (up to a maximum of $4,500 per award) and a Plaque and Certificate for each awardee. In the event that there are more than three awardees, the maximum prize shall be divided equally among all awardees.
Funding:
Funded by the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society.
Eligibility:
The award shall be open to individuals at any level who were industry employees and played a significant role in the technical contribution at the time of the accomplishments being recognized. The candidate does not have to be an IEEE/AESS member, but given everything else being equal, a member will be given preferential consideration. Current officers and members of the AESS Board of Governors are ineligible. Self-nominations are not accepted or considered.
Basis for Judgement:

Selection will be based on major industrial accomplishments, standards, deployment of important processes or products, etc. that are of substantial benefit to the public, which use integrated electronic systems and large-scale integrated interoperable systems within the scope of the Society and are visible beyond the company or institution where the contribution was made.

Presentation:
At a convenient IEEE AESS conference.
IEEE AESS Pioneer Award

The IEEE AESS 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 AESS is currently seeking nominations for the IEEE AESS Pioneer Award.

Nominations are due by 1 DecemberPlease nominate a worthy candidate, seeing your candidate win is a rewarding experience. Nominations may be carried over to succeeding years for continued considerations. 

Please use this Nomination Form to nominate a candidate for the IEEE AESS Pioneer Award. 


 

Prize:
$3,000 Honorarium (shared equally between multiple winners) and a Plaque for each winner.
Funding:
Funded by the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society.
Basis for Judgement:

Importance of contributions.

Nomination Form - Due 1 December

Presentation:
At a convenient IEEE or AESS conference.
IEEE AESS Early Career Award

To recognize an individual, whose age has not reached the 41th birthday by the nomination deadline, and who has made outstanding contributions to aerospace and electronic systems. The “early career award” for Radar is the Fred Nathanson Award. This early Career Award is for an individual working in all the other areas of interest of AESS.


Download Nomination Form here.

Nomination Deadline:  December 1 (selections completed by February 28).


Nominations to IEEE AESS Early Career Award are non-compatible with parallel nominations to Fred Nathanson Award. The endowed Fred Nathanson Early Career award is only for an individual working in radar technologies; the AESS Early Career Award is for an individual working in all the other areas of interest of AESS.  In case of double nomination the decision to void one or the other nomination is left to the AESS Awards Chair. Any unresolved disagreements between the Fred Nathanson and Early Career awards chairs will be settled by the AESS President. A nominee can only be in one of the two categories and can only win one of the two awards. Eligibility and Selection process shall comply with procedures and regulations established in IEEE and Society governing documents, particularly with IEEE Policy 4.4 on Awards Limitations. Previous winners of this award are ineligible.

Prize:
$2,000 USD for the awardee and a plaque. In addition, the reimbursement of up to $1,000 USD to attend the award ceremony can be authorized by the AESS President.
Funding:
The award will be funded out of the annual IEEE AESS operating budget and the budget will remain net positive with inclusion of the award.
Eligibility:
This award is to recognize an individual, whose age has not reached the 41th birthday by the nomination deadline, and who has made outstanding contributions to aerospace and electronic systems. The recipient must be a current member of the IEEE and AESS and have been a member of the IEEE and AESS for at least the previous 3 calendar years plus the year of the nomination. Current officers and members of the AESS Board of Governors are are ineligible, as well as are ineligible previous recipients of this award, of the Fred Nathanson Early Career Award and winners of IEEE Field Awards. Self-nominations are not accepted. Members of the AESS Board of Governors are not permitted to submit nominations or reference letters.
Basis for Judgement:

Criteria for the candidate selection are quality, significance and impact of contributions, papers published in archival journals, papers presented at conferences and symposia, patents, best paper awards, editorial roles, demonstration of leadership, and, in general all the demonstrated and objective achievements which have led to advancement of the AES engineering profession. The award selection committee will develop the selection criteria and appropriate weightings based on the impact and breadth of the nominees’ contributions to the advancement of AES knowledge and technologies and the strength of reference letters.

Presentation:
Presentation shall be made at a convenient IEEE AESS conference.

Chapter Awards

IEEE AESS Chapter of the Year Award

Please send Application Form to Chapter Coordinator, Kathleen Kramer ([email protected]), with CC to

Deadline for Nominations/Applications: December 1
Reference year for performance: Current year.

To annually recognize the AESS Chapter whose performance is particularly noteworthy during the last year. 

Prize:
$5,000 (includes $2,000 prize and $3,000 in support of the programs that led to chapter of the year) and a certificate.
Funding:
Funded by the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society.
Eligibility:
Chapters of AESS.
Basis for Judgement:

Noteworthy performance in one or more categories: a) supporting AESS conferences, b) AESS membership drives, c) number of successful Chapter meetings.

Presentation:
At a convenient AESS conference.

Other Awards

IEEE Dennis J. Picard Medal

The IEEE Dennis J. Picard Medal for Radar Technologies and Applications was established in 1999, in honor of Dennis J. Picard, whose lifetime of work at Raytheon Company helped make them a leader in tactical missile systems. In the evaluation process, the following criteria are considered: field leadership, contribution, originality, breadth, inventive value, publications, other achievements, society activities, honors, duration, and overall strength of the nomination.


Sponsor: Raytheon Co.

Presented to: An individual or group of not more than three in number.

Scope: For outstanding accomplishments in advancing the fields of radar technologies and their applications.


Nomination deadline: 1 July

Prize:
The award consists of a gold medal, bronze replica, certificate and honorarium.
Basis for Judgement:
In the evaluation process, the following criteria are considered: field leadership, contribution, originality, breadth, inventive value, publications, other achievements, society activities, honors, duration, and overall strength of the nomination.
Presentation:
At the annual IEEE Honors Ceremony.
IEEE AESS Engineering Scholarship

Description:  This scholarship recognizes one graduate student and two undergraduate students annually who are pursuing studies in Electrical Engineering at the undergraduate level, and Systems Engineering at the graduate level.

Administration:  The IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society

Eligibility:  IEEE student members studying electrical/electronics engineering  at the undergraduate level or first professional degree, and systems engineering at the graduate level, from an accredited university, with no other scholarships and a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.8 (7.5 in select countries) or above

Selection/Basis for Judging:  Evaluations will be based on the application and stated financial need.  The application shall include an essay on why these fields of study are important and how the applicant could have impact in these fields. At least 3 letters of recommendation shall be provided, two of which shall be from current or former university professors who taught the applicant or know him or her personally.

Prize Items:  Graduate Student: Single Annual Award of $10,000 and a certificate; Undergraduate Student: Two Annual Awards of $10,000 and a certificate. Funds will be paid to the school on behalf of the student.

Frequency:  Annually

Funds:  The Scholarships are fully funded by the IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society.

Presentation:  The award will be presented at an appropriate IEEE AESS Conference.  Travel assistance for the recipient to attend an awards ceremony is not provided.

Deadline:  1 December 


Download the 2022 Engineering Scholarship Application

Please send all application materials to Robert Rassa at [email protected] and CC Judy Scharmann at [email protected].


Questions? Please contact:

Treasurer (2014-2021); BoG (2017-2019); BoG (2014-2016); AESS President (2008-2009); AUTOTESTCON Rep (2020-2022); AESS Short Course Instructor; Student Activities Co-Chair; NDIA Liaison; AESS Distinguished Lecturer (2020-2022); IEEE Fellow
IEEE Michael C. Wicks Radar Student Travel Grant

This award is established to provide travel support to enable graduate students who are primary author on a paper in the area of radar signal processing accepted for presentation during the annual IEEE Radar Conference to attend the conference and present their research.  The primary author is the student who presents the paper and attends the conference in person. Up to 4% of the prior year fund IEEE Foundation fund balance may be used. Every five years when the International Radar Conference is held in the United States an additional 1% of the prior year fund balance may be used for the same purpose. Support shall be provided in the form of reimbursement after the student has attended and presented their accepted paper.

This is an annual award. Every 5 years it occurs twice in one year. Award will be given only if a suitable awardee is identified.

Prize:
This is a travel grant, not a prize. The gift guarantee $5,000 for each year, plus another $1,000 every 5th year when the International Radar Conference is held in the United States. There will be no prize sharing. This is a pool of money to be shared among recipients chosen at the discretion of the selection committee. The number of recipients is recommended by the Conference Chair and the Technical Program Committee Chair of each conference, so the number of recipients may vary from year to year depending on the number of qualified paper submissions and quality. Final selection is made by the Selection Committee.
Funding:
The source of the funds is through a donation provided by the Michael C. Wicks to the IEEE Foundation, designated as IEEE AESS Michael Wicks Fund to provide long-term support for the IEEE Michael C. Wicks Radar Student Travel Grant.
Eligibility:
Recipients must be a member of IEEE and AESS at the time of nomination and must be a graduate student who is primary author on a paper in the area of radar signal processing accepted for presentation during the annual IEEE Radar Conference, or the IEEE International Radar Conference when held in the United States. The student must attend the conference and present his/her paper in order to receive the award. Eligibility and Selection process shall comply with procedures and regulation established in IEEE and Society/Council governing documents, particularly with IEEE Policy 4.4 on Awards Limitations. Previous award winners are not eligible. Nominations will be made by the Technical Program Committee of each conference in which the paper is submitted. Nominations should comply with IEEE Policies and restrictions on awards. Incidents of misconduct including, but not limited to, violations of IEEE's publication policies, will be strongly considered by the awards committee and may be grounds for denial of an award or leadership position.
Basis for Judgement:

Selection will be based on paper quality, and distance needed to travel. Since this is a travel grant, the greater the distance, the more likelihood of selection.

Presentation:
The Award will be presented at the conference in which the recipient paper is being presented.

Panel Awards

Warren D. White Award

Dana White Starr and Warren H. White established the Warren D. White Memorial Fund in 1999 and the Warren D. White Award to memorialize their father. The award is to recognize a radar engineer for outstanding achievements due to a major technical advance (or series of advances) in the art of radar engineering. The advance, significant, public, and well known, shall be evidenced by technical papers, inventions, presentations, or products.

Please use nomination form found here. Do not use any nomination form but this one.


Nomination Deadline:  31 January


 

Prize:
$2,000, a plaque, and travel expenses funded by a Memorial Endowment (The President of the Society may authorize, if needed by the winner, up to $1,000 for travel expenses to the conference where the award is being presented.)
Funding:
Warren D. White Memorial Endowment (administered by AESS, managed by IEEE Foundation).
Eligibility:
The nominee shall have made a major technical contribution, or a series of such contributions, to the art of radar engineering. This contribution shall be evidenced to the radar community through technical papers, presentations, inventions, or products. It is expected the nature of the nominee’s contribution shall be so significant its impact will be well-known to the radar community at large, inclusive of the members of the AESS Radar Panel.
Basis for Judgement:

A major technical contribution, or series of contributions, to the art of radar engineering evidenced to the radar community through technical papers, presentations, inventions, or products.

Presentation:
The award shall be presented at the IEEE Radar Conference or International Radar Conference depending on which is held in a particular year.
Fred Nathanson Memorial Radar Award

This award is in honor of the late Fred Nathanson and is sponsored by the IEEE Radar Systems Panel of the AES Society. The purpose of this award is to grant international recognition for outstanding contributions to the radar art. The goals of the Radar Systems Panel in granting this award are to encourage individual effort and to foster increased participation by developing radar engineers. Established to grant recognition for outstanding contributions to the radar art, this award, consisting of a plaque and honorarium, is to recognize a member of AESS who has not exceeded the age of 40 in the year of award receipt.   Nominees must be a member (in any grade) of IEEE/AESS and must have made outstanding contributions to the radar art; nominations must permit appraisal of the contributions.

Call for Nominations for 2021


Please use the *NEW* nomination form found here.  These are new and updated instructions, do not use any nomination form but this one.

Nomination Deadline:  January 31 (selections completed by February 28).


Process:The Nathanson selection committee is comprised of seven (7) members of the IEEE AES Radar Systems Panel, inclusive of the committee chair. Members of this committee generally serve during their tenure on the panel, though they may be rotated more frequently in the case of conflicts, whereby a member is perceived to receive a benefit from the success of one candidate over others. Committee membership strives to maintain a distribution that is internationally representative of the radar community. The award is advertised on the AESS webpage and in the AESS Systems Magazine.  The committee chair solicits the education grant proposal to be funded under the Nathanson family gift, and the AESS Awards Chair provides approval.

The selection criteria is based on four equally weighted categories, which are a) the impact of contributions to the advancement of radar systems, b) the breadth of contributions to the radar art, c) engagement with the IEEE/AESS radar community, and d) the strength of the reference letters.


 

Prize:
$1,000 and Plaque. Travel expenses of up to $1,000 can be authorized by the AESS President. In addition, the awardee can receive a $1000 education grant from an endowment established by the Nathanson family pending the submission and approval of a short proposal.
Funding:
Funded by the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society from funds generated by AESS Systems Panel Conferences. The education grant is funded by the IEEE Foundation from an endowment established by the Nathanson family.
Eligibility:
Young (not to exceed the age of 40 in the year of award) radar engineers who are AESS members and whose performance is particularly noteworthy as evidenced by contributions to the radar art over a period of several years.
Basis for Judgement:

Individual contributions to the radar community through technical papers, presentations, inventions, or products.

Presentation:
At IEEE Radar Conference or International Radar Conference.
IEEE AESS Technical Panel of the Year Award

To recognize an AESS Technical Panel whose performance is particularly noteworthy during the previous year in supporting AESS.

Send nomination to VP Technical Operations, Marina Ruggieri.

Nomination Deadline: 1 December


 

Prize:
Certificate.
Funding:
Funded by the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society.
Eligibility:
Technical Panels of AESS.
Basis for Judgement:

Noteworthy performance in one or more categories: a) leadership and/or participation in AESS conferences, b) generation and maintenance of IEEE Standards, c) generating and reviewing technical papers in their fields of interest, d) providing support and technical guidance in potential new areas of applications in their fields of interest.

Presentation:
At a convenient IEEE conference.

Position, Location and Navigation Symposium (PLANS)

Richard B. Kershner Award

In 1986, the IEEE PLANS Executive Committee established an award for outstanding achievement. The purpose was to recognize individuals who have made a substantial contribution to the technology of navigation and position equipment, systems or practices.  The committee has established this as a PLANS tradition, thus permitting the IEEE to recognize those who have contributed most significantly to this modern era of electronic navigation.

It is appropriate that the award has been named for Dr. Richard B. Kershner (1913-1982).  Dr. Kershner participated in the initial conception and then led the development of Transit, the world's first navigation satellite system.  His technical contributions and his leadership of the Program at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory are examples of the highest standards of personal and professional performance which this award is intended to recognize.  The Transit Program was first funded in 1959, and the system become operational in 1964.  During this short interval Dr. Kershner directed the development and launch of some of the world's first satellites, developed user equipment for both submarines and surface ships, and founded the science of satellite Doppler geodesy to improve knowledge of the earth's gravity field.  The result was a navigation satellite system which served the U.S. Navy and tens of thousands of civil users worldwide.


AWARD SELECTION PROCESS & REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Nominations are publically solicited in the PLANS call for abstracts brochure and through email.  Nominations are due by January 19.

  2. Nominations must include: a) the name and contact information of the nominee; b) contact information from the nominator; c) a supporting letter explaining why the individual should be considered for the award; and d) any other relevant information.

  3. The PLANS Kershner Awards Committee vets the nominations and selects a winner when appropriate.


For a complete list of past Kershner Award winners please see:
http://www.ion.org/plans/awards-kersher.cfm

The IEEE award is recognized on the PLANS conference website and is published in the AESS Magazine in conjunction with a summary report on the PLANS conference.

Past Recipients:

1986 Bradford W. Parkinson
1988 Fred Aronowitz
1990 Bahar J. Uttam
1992 John Alvin Pierce & Eric R. Swanson
1994 Joseph Kilpatrick
1996 Charles Trimble
1998 Charles C. Counselman III
2000 Thomas A. Stansell
2002 R. Grover Brown
2004 Itzhack Bar-Itzhack
2006 Myron C. Kayton
2008 A. J. Van Dierendonck
2010 James Huddle
2012 Richard Greenspan
2014 Charles Volk
2016 John Weyrauch
2018 Per Enge
2020 Y. Jade Morton


 

Prize:
The IEEE Kershner winner is recognized with: 1. An engraved crystal obelisk award trophy. 2. A full complimentary PLANS conference registration. 3. Complimentary hotel accommodations at the PLANS hotel over the nights of the conference. 4. Reimbursement of coach/economy airfare to/from the conference if the winner does not have other sponsorship to attend the meeting
Eligibility:
Individuals who have made a substantial contribution to the technology of navigation and position equipment, systems or practices.
Presentation:
The IEEE award is presented at one of the PLANS luncheons.
Walter R. Fried Award

This award, established in 2000, is for the recognition of an individual who has made a substantial contribution to the technology of navigation and positioning equipment, systems, or practices. It is to recognize the best paper, in honor of the late Walter R. Fried, presented at the Position, Location and Navigation Symposium (PLANS) conference.

The Walter Fried Award for Best Paper is a personalized plaque and a financial honorarium of $750 for the lead author.

The selection criteria includes:

* technical content
* innovation
* importance and timeliness of the subject matter
* conciseness, clarity and completeness of the written material.

The paper must appear in the proceedings, and must be presented by the lead author (who must be present to receive the award at the PLANS Awards Luncheon on Thursday). 


Walter R. Fried

Walter Fried was born in Vienna, Austria in 1923. He immigrated to the United States at the age of 17 and first resided in Cincinnati, Ohio. During World War II, he served in the U. S. Army in Europe as a translator and interpreter. After the war, Walter earned his engineering degrees at the University of Cincinnati and Ohio State University.

Walter’s first professional job was at Wright Field in the then new field of airborne radar.  His next job was at the General Precision Company in New Jersey where he contributed to the development of multi-beam Doppler radar for navigation system applications. This was followed by an assignment as Chief Scientist for the F-111 avionics at the North American Autonetics Division in California where he was also involved with the beginnings of the GPS program. He then became the Technical Director at Hughes Aircraft for the Relative Navigation portion of the Joint Tactical Information Distribution System (JTIDS).

In recognition of his professional engineering accomplishments, Walter was elected to be a Fellow in the IEEE in 1981 “for contributions and technical leadership in the development of Doppler radar and relative navigation systems.”

During his distinguished career, Walter generously volunteered his time to the IEEE Aerospace Electronics Systems Society (AESS) by serving on the Board of Governors for many years and coordinating the activities of the AESS Technical Panels and the Distinguished Lecturers Program of which he was also a participant. He was the AESS representative on the PLANS Executive Committee since the first conference in 1976 until his death at 75 in 1998.

Walter lectured widely throughout the world on navigation topics and was also well known internationally, for his work as a co-editor of both the 1st and 2nd editions of the important reference book "Avionics Navigation Systems".


 

Prize:
A maximum of $1,000 of the award funded from the Walter Fried Endowment distributed as follows: 1) single author who presents the paper at PLANS: $750 and plaque; 2) two authors: presenting author receives plaque and $400, second author receives certificate and $350; 3) two authors, jointly presenting the paper at PLANS: both authors receive plaques and $375. Any cost over $1,000 will be borne by the PLANS Conference; 4) three or more authors: first two authors receive either what is authorized in #2 or #3 based on the presentation circumstances and the Selection Committee’s decision. Third and any additional authors receive certificates without any stipend. Award is biennial.
Funding:
Funded by an endowment provided by the family of Walter Fried, and administered by the IEEE Foundation. Walter was an IEEE Life Fellow and served on the PLANS Executive Committee and the AESS Board of Governors for many years. His last responsibility was VP for Technical Operations, which included oversight of the AESS Distinguished Lecturers Program and the AESS Technical Panels.
Eligibility:
Papers that are submitted for the current year’s PLANS conference in sufficient time to be judged by the Award Selection Committee are eligible. The awardee’s paper must have been selected to be published in the current year’s PLANS Proceedings, and he/she must attend the symposium to both present the paper and receive the award. If multiple authors are listed in the paper, the primary author and winner of the award will be considered the person that will be presenting the paper at the PLANS conference. Only one plaque and one check will be issued to this winner.
Basis for Judgement:

Generally accepted criteria for publication in archival journals: technical content, innovation, importance and timeliness of the subject matter and conciseness, clarity and completeness of the written material.

Presentation:
At one of the PLANS luncheons to the highest ranked paper that is presented at the symposium.

Publication Awards

M. Barry Carlton Award

The M. Barry Carlton Award is an annual award recognizing the best paper published in the Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems. To help assess impact, nominations are limited to the papers published in calendar year four years before the award year. For example, the Carlton Award made in 2020 was to a paper published in the Transactions in 2016.

The award was established in 1957 after the early death of M. Barry Carlton in an air accident the year before. M. Barry Carlton's friends established the award as a means to honor a man who had dedicated much of his life to promoting the reliability of communications equipment, especially that relating to air transportation. It is one of the IEEE's oldest awards and supports a wonderful tradition of excellence.


We urge our Transactions readers to participate in the tradition. If you have read a paper that you feel is outstanding (and it does not matter if you are acquainted with the authors) please consider nominating it.

The procedure is simple: send a letter or email to the Editor-in-Chief explaining the rationale for your choice and arrange at least two endorsers to submit supporting letters. The evaluation criteria are importance as an advancement in state-of-the-art, originality, quality, and scholarly character. By making a nomination, you will not only show your respect for the authors (and possibly give great help to some deserving careers) but also honor Mr. Carlton.

The deadline for nominations is 1 April of the year in which a paper is eligible for consideration.


Nomination Deadline: 1 April

Prize:
$1,000 and Plaque. If more than one awardee, the monies are divided equally with individual Plaques. Travel expenses of up to $1,000 per individual (up to a maximum of $1,500 for multiple awards) may be authorized by President of Society.
Funding:
IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society
Eligibility:
Authors of papers published in the IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems in calendar year four years before the award year. For example, the Carlton Award made in 2020 was to a paper published in the Transactions in 2016.
Basis for Judgement:

Importance as an advancement in state of the art, AES technology of interest to AESS members, originality, quality, scholarly character.

Presentation:
At a convenient IEEE conference.
Harry Rowe Mimno Award

Established in 1979, this award is to recognize and foster excellence in clear communications of technical material of widespread interest to AESS members, and in doing so, to honor the contributions of AES Transactions Editor-in-Chief  Emeritus Dr. Harry Rowe Mimno to the AESS and IEEE for over 50 years. The award is to the author of a paper which is primarily tutorial (including surveys), speculative, or which advocates new ideas or principles tending to promote debate. It is selected from among those published in the IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Magazine. Prior to 1987, the Mimno Award was made for contributions to IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems.


We urge our Magazine readers to participate and continue the tradition of excellence. If you have read a paper that you feel is outstanding (and it does not matter if you are acquainted with the authors) please consider nominating it.

The procedure is simple: send a letter or email to the Editor-in-Chief explaining the rationale for your choice and arrange at least two endorsers to submit supporting letters. The evaluation criteria are important as an advancement in state-of-the-art, originality, quality, and scholarly character. By making a nomination, you will not only show your respect for the authors (and possibly give great help to some deserving careers) but also honor Mr. Mimno.

The deadline for nominations is 31 January of the year in which a paper is eligible for consideration.


Nomination Deadline: 31 January

Prize:
$1,000 and Plaque. If more than one awardee, the monies are divided equally with individual Plaques. Travel expenses of up to $1,000 per individual (up to a maximum of $1,500 for multiple awards) may be authorized by President of Society.
Funding:
Funded by the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society.
Eligibility:
Authors of papers published in the AES Magazine in calendar year two years before the award year. For example, the Mimno Award made in 2020 was to a paper published in the AES Magazine in 2018.
Basis for Judgement:

Excellence in clear communications and widespread interest to AESS members.

Presentation:
At a convenient IEEE conference.

Archived Awards

IEEE Judith A. Resnik Award

The IEEE Judith A. Resnik Award was established by the IEEE Board of Directors in 1986.

The Award is named in honor of IEEE Member Judith Resnik, who was a Mission Specialist on the NASA Space Shuttle Challenger, which exploded on 28 January 1986. Dr. Resnik was a biomedical engineer and staff Fellow with the National Institute of Health when she was selected by NASA in 1978 to join the Space Program. She first flew as a NASA Mission Specialist on the maiden voyage of the orbiter Discovery, which, during 96 orbits of the earth, deployed three satellites and removed hazardous ice particles from the orbiter using the Remote Manipulator System, a Shuttle 50-foot robot arm for which Dr. Resnik developed operational Procedures and Software. Among other NASA projects, Dr. Resnik developed deployment procedures for a Tethered Satellite System.

Recipient selection is administered by the Technical Field Awards Council of the IEEE Awards Board.

Sponsor:  IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society, IEEE Control Systems Society, and IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society

Presented to: An individual or team, with preference given to an individual.

Scope: For outstanding contributions to space engineering within the fields of interest of the IEEE.

Prize: The award consists of bronze medal, certificate and honorarium.

Notification: Recipients are typically approved during the June IEEE Board of Directors meeting, usually held towards the end of the month. Recipients and their nominators will be notified following the meeting. Subsequently, the nominators of unsuccessful candidates will be notified of the status of their nomination.

Basis for Judgement:
In the evaluation process, the following criteria are considered: developments, inventions, systems or methods of significance in the field of space engineering for which candidate deserves principal credit, together with the approximate year in which the
Presentation:
IEEE policy requires that its awards be presented at major IEEE events that are in keeping with the nature of the award and the cited achievement.

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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