To recognize outstanding journalistic or other efforts that contribute to the enhancement and expansion of the public understanding and/or the advancement of the engineering profession in the United States.
Form of Recognition
Up to one award annually. Award will not be made in any year that no qualified nominations are received.
Members and organizations of the engineering profession in the United States.
Nominations may be submitted by any IEEE U.S. member or by the publisher, author, radio, or television station, responsible for the effort. The nomination must include complete identification and a copy of the article; or complete identification of the visual or aural media piece, with location and time presented, as well as a summary of what the basic subject is and why the piece meets the objectives in an outstanding way; or complete identification of the media piece and submission of tapes, transcripts or other reasonable evidence that may be used by the panel in judging accompanied by a summary. The article or presentation must have been published, aired or heard within two years preceding the submission of the nomination. If the nomination is for multiple pieces or work through a span of time, samples or citations of the literary efforts and a background narrative supporting the rationale for the nomination must be submitted.
Proposals for nominations of candidates for this award shall be made via the IEEE- USA website nomination portal, and solicited via publication of suitable notices in IEEE publications, and Section and Society newsletters.
No current member of the IEEE Board of Directors, the IEEE-USA Board of Directors, IEEE-USA Awards and Recognition Committee, or IEEE staff may be candidates, or nominate or endorse candidates for this award.
Basis for Judging
Submissions will (a) lead to a better public understanding of the role that engineering professionals contribute to the enhancement and expansion of social, economic and cultural components of life and/or (b) the advancement of the United States professional activities of the IEEE.
Submissions will be judged on their quality in portraying subjects, themes, incidents or editorial content, and may include an individual presentation or a series of presentations that lead to a better public understanding of the role that engineering professionals contribute to the enhancement and expansion of social, economic and cultural components of life. Consideration will be given to the quality of the piece and the contributions made by the author as a result of a singular important literary effort, or as the result of contributions over a period of time or a career that has included numerous contributions which, taken as a whole, reflect effort to communicate successfully and enhance engineering professionalism in appropriate areas of concern such as economics, ethics, legislation, and social and technology policy. Submissions will be limited to those appearing in the public press, visual and aural media, and periodicals produced by groups other than professional engineering organizations in the United States.
The IEEE-USA Awards and Recognition Committee shall evaluate all proposals and shall select the proposal which, in their judgment, is best and recommend the proposed candidate to the IEEE-USA Board of Directors for approval.
The ARC will develop and arrange plans for the presentation of awards, which will be done at an annual Awards Ceremony held in conjunction with a major IEEE-USA conference or at other appropriate venues, and with consideration to the request of the approved award recipient.
A citation will be developed by the Awards and Recognition Committee based upon their evaluation of the submission and its subject content. The citation shall briefly describe the subject in addition to such attributes as may be considered relevant.