It’s Time to Nominate an Innovative Colleague for an IEEE Medal

selection of past IEEE medals
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By: Lynn Frassetti

THE INSTITUTE Each year IEEE pays tribute to technical professionals whose outstanding contributions have made a lasting impact on technology and the engineering profession for humanity. The IEEE Awards program seeks nominations annually for IEEE’s top awards—Medals, Recognitions, and Technical Field Awards—that are given on behalf of the IEEE Board of Directors.

The Medals and Recognitions are presented at the annual IEEE Honors Ceremony. Planning for the 2021 event is currently underway, and plans will be announced in the coming months.

You don’t have to be an IEEE member to receive, nominate, or endorse someone for an award.

Nominations for Medals and Recognitions are due by 15 June annually.

The IEEE Awards Board has an ongoing initiative to increase diversity among the selection committees and candidates, including their technical discipline, geography, and gender. You can help by nominating a colleague for one of the following awards.

IEEE Medal of Honor

For an exceptional contribution or an extraordinary career in the IEEE fields of interest.


IEEE Frances E. Allen Medal

For innovative work in computing leading to lasting impact on other fields of engineering, technology, or science.


IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal

For exceptional contributions to communications and networking sciences and engineering.

SPONSORNokia Bell Labs

IEEE Mildred Dresselhaus Medal

For outstanding technical contributions in science and engineering of great impact to IEEE fields of interest.


IEEE Edison Medal

For a career of meritorious achievement in electrical science, electrical engineering or the electrical arts.

SPONSOR: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

IEEE Medal for Environmental and Safety Technologies

For outstanding accomplishments in the application of technology in the fields of interest of IEEE that improve the environment and/or public safety.

SPONSORToyota Motor Corp.

IEEE Founders Medal

For outstanding contributions in the leadership, planning, and administration of affairs of great value to the electrical and electronics engineering profession.

SPONSOR: The IEEE Richard and Mary Jo Stanley Memorial Fund

IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal

For exceptional contributions to information sciences, systems, and technology.

SPONSORQualcomm, Inc.

IEEE Medal for Innovations in Healthcare Technology

For exceptional contributions to technologies and applications benefitting healthcare, medicine, and the health sciences.

SPONSOR: IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society

IEEE Jack S. Kilby Signal Processing Medal

For outstanding achievements in signal processing.

SPONSORTexas Instruments, Inc.

IEEE/RSE James Clerk Maxwell Medal

For groundbreaking contributions that have had an exceptional impact on the development of electronics and electrical engineering or related fields.


IEEE James H. Mulligan, Jr. Education Medal

For a career of outstanding contributions to education in the fields of interest of IEEE.

SPONSORSMathWorksPearson, Lockheed Martin Corp., and the IEEE Life Members Fund

IEEE Jun-ichi Nishizawa Medal

For outstanding contributions to material and device science and technology, including practical application.

SPONSORThe Federation of Electric Power CompaniesJapan

IEEE Robert N. Noyce Medal

For exceptional contributions to the microelectronics industry.

SPONSORIntel Foundation

IEEE Dennis J. Picard Medal for Radar Technologies and Applications

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

SPONSORRaytheon Technologies

IEEE Medal in Power Engineering

For outstanding contributions to the technology associated with the generation, transmission, distribution, application, and utilization of electric power for the betterment of society.

SPONSORSIEEE Industry Applications, IEEE Industrial Electronics, IEEE Power Electronicsand IEEE Power & Energy societies

IEEE Simon Ramo Medal

For exceptional achievement in systems engineering and systems science.

SPONSORNorthrop Grumman Corp.

IEEE John von Neumann Medal

For outstanding achievements in computer-related science and technology.


IEEE Honorary Membership

To individuals not members of the IEEE, who have rendered meritorious service to humanity in IEEE's designated fields of interest.


IEEE Theodore W. Hissey Outstanding Young Professional Award

For contributions to the technical community and IEEE fields of interest.

SPONSOR: IEEE Young Professionals and the IEEE Photonics and Power & Energy societies


IEEE Corporate Innovation Award

For an outstanding innovation by an organization in an IEEE field of interest.



IEEE Richard M. Emberson Award

For distinguished service advancing the technical objectives of the IEEE.

SPONSOR: IEEE Technical Activities Board

IEEE Haraden Pratt Award

For outstanding volunteer service to the IEEE.


Nomination forms are available at the IEEE Awards website. Help with submitting a nomination—including award criteria, candidate eligibility, and submission guidelines—is also available from that website.

If you have questions, email or call +1 732 562 3844.

Lynn Frassetti is the senior awards presentation and communications specialist for IEEE Awards Activities.

This article originally appeared in IEEE Spectrum on 06 November 2020.