WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- IEEE-USA is thrilled to announce the recipients of the 2020 IEEE-USA Awards. The awardees were chosen to receive IEEE-USA's highest honors, in recognition of their professionalism, technical achievement, and literary contributions to the engineering profession in the United States.
"IEEE volunteers found ways to help others thrive in a difficult year," said Brendan Godfrey, 2020 IEEE-USA Vice President of Communications. "They rose to meet the challenges of 2020 and we are truly proud of the innovative ways they contributed to IEEE-USA's mission."
The difficult task of deciding among the many worthy candidates each year falls to the IEEE-USA Awards and Recognitions Committee, led in 2020 by committee chair Susan Gilmore.
"There are so many whose great work in our community deserves to be honored," said Gilmore. "While we have to choose just a few to receive these awards, I want to thank all of the nominators for recognizing their fellow members."
The full list of award recipients is as follows:
IEEE-USA Award for Distinguished Public Service
Andrei Iancu For his outstanding work updating patent regulations benefiting IEEE's U.S. members by clarifying and strengthening intellectual property protection and reducing administrative hurtles.
The IEEE-USA John Meredith Professional Service Award
Christopher Sanderson For exceptional leadership and creation of programming for the professional development of IEEE's U.S. members.
IEEE-USA Harry Diamond Memorial Award
John Tague For exceptional leadership and achievements in research and development for the U.S. Navy's technology enterprise
George F. McClure Citation of Honor
Michael Andrews For leadership promoting engineering professionalism and IEEE member engagement to students and young professionals through the development of the Rising Stars conference and numerous educational initiatives.
Zafar Taqvi For enduring dedication in promoting professional activities—through contributions to member engagement; for inspiring and mentoring members; and for increasing IEEE visibility in industry.
IEEE-USA Entrepreneur Achievement Award for Leadership in Entrepreneurial Spirit
Azad Madni For excellence in entrepreneurship over a lifetime of innovation, mentorship, and philanthropy
IEEE-USA Jim Watson Student Professional Awareness Achievement Award
Shilpita Biswas For sustained leadership increasing IEEE's visibility with industry, growing student membership, and organizing professional development events.
IEEE-USA K-12 STEM Literacy Educator-Engineer Partnership Award
Stuart Wecker & Christine Busch For building a highly successful, sustained partnership between the Tempe school district and IEEE volunteers to provide hands-on STEM workshops.
Award for Distinguished Literary Contributions Furthering Public Understanding and the Advancement of the Engineering Profession
Karen Panetta For co-authorship of the book, "Count Girls In", which serves as an inspiration for youth to pursue technology careers, and for lifelong commitment to STEM Literacy
Board Special Citation
Mark Soffa, Kai A. Flowers, and James Joseph Talley Montgomery For creation and implementation of an innovative STEM education model during COVID-19 restrictions.
IEEE-USA Robert S. Walleigh Award for Distinguished Contributions to Engineering Professionalism
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