IEEE-USA is pleased to present this complete list of recipients of the 2020 IEEE-USA Awards. Congratulations to all the honorees!

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

  • No recipient


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