2019 IEEE VIC Summit and Honors Ceremony

San Diego, CA

IEEE, the world's largest technical professional association, honors the top minds in technology at its annual IEEE Honors Ceremony. The Honors Ceremony is designed to recognize technical professionals in a wide variety of disciplines for exceptional achievements and outstanding contributions that have made a lasting impact on technology, society, and the engineering profession.

The IEEE Vision, Innovation, and Challenges Summit brings together leading innovators, visionaries, and disruptors in technology to discuss, explore, and uncover what is imminent, what is possible— and what these emerging technologies mean for our future. The Summit culminates with the IEEE Honors Ceremony Gala—an evening’s festivities that will include the celebration of the contributions of some of the greatest minds of our time who have made a lasting impact on society for the benefit of humanity.  https://ieee-vics.org

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Full Ceremony Recording

IEEE Honors Ceremony 2019 - full stream replay

Full, unedited live-stream playback of the 2019 IEEE Honors Ceremony. The Awards presented are an expression of recognition for outstanding contributions to the advancement of the theory and practice of electrical, electronics, communications, environmental and safety technologies, computer science and engineering, engineering education, as well as, the allied branches of engineering and the related arts and sciences and technologies and their application.

2019 Awardee Speeches

2019 IEEE Honors: IEEE Medal of Honor - Kurt E. Petersen

The 2019 IEEE Medal of Honor, sponsored by the IEEE Foundation to recognize an exceptional contribution or an extraordinary career in IEEE fields of interest, is presented to Kurt E. Petersen, for contributions to and leadership in the development and commercialization of innovative technologies in the field of MEMS.


2019 IEEE Honors: IEEE Edison Medal -Ursula Keller

The 2019 IEEE Edison Medal, sponsored by Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. to recognize a career of meritorious achievement in electrical science, electrical engineering or the electrical arts, is presented to Ursula Keller, for pioneering and fundamental contributions to and leadership in useable, compact ultrafast laser technology, enabling applications in metrology, sensing, and biophotonics.


2019 IEEE Honors: IEEE Medal for Environmental and Safety Technologies -Richard Nute, D. Ray Corson & Jim Barrick

The 2019 IEEE Medal for Environmental and Safety Technologies, sponsored by Toyota Motor Corporation to recognize outstanding accomplishments in the application of technology in the fields of interest of IEEE that improve the environment and/or public safety, is presented to Richard Nute, D. Ray Corson and Jim Barrick, for contributions to hazard-based safety engineering as the basis for product design and product safety standard development.


2019 IEEE Honors: IEEE Founders Medal-Robin Keith Saxby

The 2019 IEEE Founders Medal, sponsored by the IEEE Foundation to recognize outstanding contributions in the leadership, planning, and administration of affairs of great value to the electrical and electronics engineering profession, is presented to Robin Keith Saxby, for achievements in developing a globally successful electronics enterprise with aninnovative approach to licensing of Intellectual Property.


2019 IEEE Honors: IEEE Medal for Innovations in Healthcare Technology -Kamil Ugurbil

The 2019 IEEE Medal for Innovations in Healthcare Technology, sponsored by the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society to recognize exceptional contributions to technologies and applications benefitting healthcare, medicine, and the health sciences, is presented to Kamil Ugurbil, for pioneering the development and leading the advancement of ultra-high-field MRI technology for biomedical and brain research.


2019 IEEE Honors: IEEE/RSE James Clerk Maxwell Medal - David Flynn & David Jaggar

The 2019 IEEE/RSE James Clerk Maxwell Medal, sponsored by the Maxwell Medal Fund to recognize groundbreaking contributions that have had an exceptional impact on the development of electronics and electrical engineering or related fields, is presented to David Flynn and David Jaggar, for contributions to the development of novel Reduced Instruction Set Computer (RISC) architectures adopted in 100 billion+ microprocessor cores worldwide.


2019 IEEE Honors: IEEE Jun-Ichi Nishizawa Medal -Yasuhiko Arakawa, Pallab Bhattacharya, & Dieter H. Bimberg

The 2019 IEEE Jun-Ichi Nishizawa Medal, sponsored by The Federation of Electric Power Companies, Japan to recorgnize outstanding contributions to material and device science and technology, including practical application, is presented to Yasuhiko Arakawa, Pallab Bhattacharya and Dieter H. Bimberg, for their contributions to the development and commercialization of quantum dot lasers.


2019 IEEE Honors: IEEE Dennis J. Picard Medal for Radar Technologies and Applications- Richard Klemm

The 2019 IEEE Dennis J. Picard Medal for Radar Technologies and Applications, sponsored by Raytheon Company to recognize outstanding accomplishments in advancing the fields of radar technologies and their applications, is presented to Richard Klemm, for contributions to high-resolution radar, adaptive clutter suppression, and publications for the international radar system community.


2019 IEEE Honors: IEEE Medal in Power Engineering -Lionel O. Barthold

The 2019 IEEE Medal in Power Engineering, sponsored by the IEEE Industry Applications, Industrial Electronics, Power Electronics, and Power & Energy Societies to recognize outstanding contributions to the technology associated with the generation, transmission, distribution, application, and utilization of electric power for the betterment of society, is presented to Lionel O. Barthold, for outstanding contributions to and leadership in advancing the technologies of electric power transmission.


2019 IEEE Honors: IEEE John von Neumann Medal- Eva Tardos

The 2019 IEEE John von Neumann Medal, sponsored by IBM Corporation to recognize outstanding achievements in computer-related science and technology, is presented to Cornell University professor Eva Tardos, for contributions to the field of algorithms, including foundational new methods in optimization, approximation algorithms, and algorithmic game theory.


2019 IEEE Honors: IEEE Richard M. Emberson Award- Marcel Keschner

The 2019 IEEE Richard M. Emberson Award, sponsored by the IEEE Technical Activities Board to recognize distinguished service advancing the technical objectives of the IEEE, is presented to Marcel Keschner, President of Markel Engineers, for promoting technical activities and technical education for under-served populations, while advancing cooperation between the volunteers of IEEE across continents and cultures.


2019 IEEE Honors: IEEE Honorary Membership- Telle Whitney

IEEE Honorary Membership is sponsored by IEEE and elected by the Board of Directors from among individuals, not members of IEEE, who have rendered meritorious service to humanity in IEEE’s designated fields of interest. The 2019 IEEE Honorary Membership is presented to Telle Whitney, Chief Executive Officer Emeritus, Consultant, and Board Member with the Anita Borg Institute in Palo Alto, CA, for leadership in supporting and promoting women in technology, and for building a highly impactful global organization dedicated to this purpose.


2019 IEEE Honors: IEEE President's Award- Katherine G. Johnson

The 2019 IEEE President's Award is sponsored by IEEE to recognize individuals, not necessarily members of IEEE, whose careers have exhibited distinguished leadership and contributions to the public. The 2019 President's Award is presented to Katherine G. Johnson for fundamental computational contributions to the success of America's first and subsequent manned spaceflights, including Apollo 11.