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Pioneer to Receive Highest Award in Engineering
Profession; Among Six Honored with AAES National
WASHINGTON, D.C. (19
pioneer Gerald J. Posakony will be honored with the John
Fritz Medal — the highest award in the engineering
profession — tonight by the American Association of
Engineering Societies (AAES).
pioneering contributions to the fields of ultrasonics,
medical diagnostic ultrasound and nondestructive
evaluation technologies will be recognized during AAES'
31st annual awards ceremony at the Great Hall of the
National Academy of Engineering. He is one of six
engineers being honored.
Posakony's work on
medical ultrasound technology began in the early 1950s
when he was the lead engineer on an ultrasonic
diagnostic imaging system for investigating human
disease processes. His efforts, particularly in the
development of ultrasonic transducers — the "eyes" of an
ultrasound system — have contributed greatly to modern
ultrasound technology. The medical imaging of muscles,
tendons and internal organs is used to gauge their size
and structure and determine if pathological lesions are
present. Obstetric sonography is important in monitoring
the health of a pregnant woman and her unborn baby.
designed, fabricated and tested an ultrasonic phased
array system for the Electric Power Research Institute
to conduct inspections of nuclear power plant
components. The transducer he developed to test for
aging in the Sparrow solid rocket motor enabled the U.S
national inventory to be screened, and aged motors to be
A former senior
research scientist at Pacific Northwest National
Laboratory in Richland, Wash., Posakony graduated from
Iowa State University in 1949 with a degree in
electrical engineering. He holds 13 patents and became
an honorary IEEE member in 2009.
The John Fritz
Medal is presented each year for scientific or
industrial achievement in any field of pure or applied
science. It was established in 1902 as a memorial to the
engineer whose name it bears. Past recipients include
Alexander Graham Bell (1907), Thomas Edison (1908),
Alfred Nobel (1910), Orville Wright (1920) and Guglielmo
Dr. Charles M.
Vest will receive the National Engineering Award for his
long and distinguished career as a leader in engineering
education, his strong advocacy for the engineering
profession, and for strengthening national policy on
science, engineering and education. Vest is president of
the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and a former
president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
from West Virginia University with a degree in
mechanical engineering, Vest began his tenure at
Michigan by earning his master's and doctorate degrees
in mechanical engineering. He taught courses in heat
transfer, thermodynamics and fluid mechanics, and
conducted research in heat transfer, laser optics and
holography. He concluded his 27-year Michigan career as
dean of engineering.
During his 14
years as MIT president (1990-2004), Vest was active in
science, technology and innovation policy; building
partnerships among academia, government and industry;
and promoting the importance of open, global scientific
communication, travel and sharing of intellectual
Vest was awarded a
2006 National Medal of Technology — since renamed the
National Medal of Technology and Innovation — from
former President George W. Bush. The award is the
highest honor for technological achievement bestowed by
the president on America's leading innovators. Vest
became NAE president in 2007.
Engineering Award is presented for inspirational
leadership and tireless devotion to the improvement of
engineering education and to the advancement of the
engineering profession, as well as to the development of
sound public policies as an engineer-statesman. Previous
recipients include IEEE Fellow and former Lockheed
Martin CEO Norm Augustine (1991) and former astronaut
Neil Armstrong (1979).
IEEE Fellow Dr.
Karen Panetta, a Tufts University professor in the
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, will
receive the Norm Augustine Award for communicating the
excitement of engineering through outreach activities
that promote careers in science and engineering, and
encourage youth to improve the environment and change
the lives of individuals and communities.
founded and serves as editor-in-chief of the IEEE Women
in Engineering magazine, has devoted much of her energy
toward encouraging young women and minorities to become
engineers. She developed the highly successful
international program "Nerd Girls," which challenges
women engineers to complete interdisciplinary projects
and connect with K-12 girls to generate interest in the
profession. By demonstrating how engineering helps
society and improves the quality of life for humans and
wildlife, she has motivated thousands of girls to pursue
developed India's "Health and Human Information System,"
a database program used to track and analyze
disabilities in young children. It has been accessed by
more than four million users and provides reliable data
for medical doctors and the government to identify the
causes of several disabilities. The Indian government of
Tamil Nadu recognized her with an Award for Outstanding
The Norm Augustine
Award is presented to an engineer who has demonstrated
the capacity for communicating the excitement and wonder
of engineering. The award is conferred on those rare
individuals who can speak with passion about engineering
— its promise as well as its responsibility — so that
the public may have a better understanding of
engineering and a better appreciation for how engineers
improve our quality of life.
Andrew Roe Award
Daniel D. Clinton,
Jr., P.E., will receive the Kenneth Andrew Roe Award for
being an inspirational leader, ambassador and crusader
for the advancement of worldwide unity among engineers
throughout his more than 50-year career.
leadership as a member of numerous international
societies and federations has resulted in many
successful initiatives, such as promoting the
development of engineering capabilities in developing
countries through accreditation, licensing and knowledge
transfer, and the publication of a "Guidebook for
Capacity Building in Engineering."
After serving in
the U.S. Air Force, Clinton worked at the firm of
Lockwood, Andrews and Newman, Inc. for 41 years. He
retired as senior vice president, director and corporate
secretary. He is a former president of the National
Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), the Texas
Society of Professional Engineers, the Engineers Council
of Houston, the Houston Engineering & Scientific Society
and the Council of Engineering Companies of Texas.
Clinton has served
as a member of the United States Council of
International Engineering Practice, and as the NSPE
representative to the Union Pan American de Asociaciones
de Ingenieros and the World Federation of Engineering
Organizations (WFEO). He is currently president of the
WFEO Committee on Engineering Capacity Building and has
organized and participated in capacity building sessions
in India, Brazil and Kuwait.
He received civil
engineering degrees from Texas A&M University and
The Kenneth Andrew
Roe Award is presented on behalf of the engineering
community to recognize an engineer who has been
effective in promoting unity among the engineering
Queneau Palladium Medal
Dr. Clifford W.
Randall will receive Joan Hodges Queneau Palladium Medal
for leading the cooperative efforts of engineers,
scientists and environmentalists to create innovative
solutions to environmental problems specific to
estuaries like the Chesapeake Bay.
Randall, who has
devoted decades of service to improved water quality
throughout the world, was a key member of the Chesapeake
Bay Project team that identified and quantified
pollution sources; developed, promoted, and negotiated
solutions with the stakeholders; and significantly
improved the bay’s water quality. His work has also led
to innovative approaches to nutrient removal in
wastewater treatment plant discharges — improvements
which were imperative to meet the water quality goals of
contributions throughout his career have had a major
impact on hundreds of wastewater facilities around the
world, allowing them to greatly reduce nutrient releases
without incurring major increases in treatment process
costs. He has worked tirelessly with environmental
engineers and scientists to improve treatment facilities
in South Africa, India, China, Canada, Puerto Rico and
South Korea. The cost-effective solutions he promoted
and implemented bridged the gap between engineers and
environmentalists, while satisfying the demands of
regulators and those being regulated.
After earning his
bachelor's and master's degree from the University of
Kentucky in the field of civil/sanitary engineering,
Randall completed a doctorate in environmental health
engineering from the University of Texas in 1966.
The Joan Hodges
Queneau Palladium Medal honors an engineer's outstanding
achievement in environmental conservation. The medal
underscores the vital importance of mutual understanding
between conservationists and engineering professionals.
Dr. John S. Mayo,
a veteran designer of advanced communications and
computer systems, and former president of Bell
Laboratories, will receive the AAES Chair's Award for
leading the development of the digital technology
foundation for the Internet age, from early PCM (Pulse
Code Modulation) transmission systems to later broadband
optical transmission systems and advanced digital
An IEEE Fellow,
Mayo received a National Medal of Technology from former
president George Bush in 1990.
Mayo began his
career with Bell Labs — now Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs —
in 1955. He worked on the design of the first
transistorized digital computer, Tradic, a military
development project. He then became supervisor for the
T1 carrier project, a time-division multiplexed digital
transmission facility capable of supporting 24 voice
channels. Mayo also contributed to the development of
the Telstar satellite communications system, electronic
systems for ocean sonar and the world’s first
long-distance digital switching system.
After serving as
Bell Labs' director of Ocean Systems Laboratory,
executive director of the Ocean Systems division and the
Toll Electronic Switching division, and vice president
of Electronics Technology, Mayo became Bell Labs
president in 1991. He served until mandatory retirement
age in 1995. He is credited with globalizing Bell Labs
and forging closer ties between its research and
development and business units.
Mayo earned his
B.S., M.S. and Ph.D in electrical engineering from North
Carolina State University.
Dr. Ralph W.
Wyndrum, Jr., who worked with Mayo at Bell Labs and
served as AAES chair last year, nominated him.
1980, the AAES Chair's Award is presented to a
distinguished American whose leadership and dedication
to the engineering community have significantly
contributed to the advancement of the engineering
profession in the United States.
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