About this Award


To recognize significant specific contributions, achievements and individual and organizational efforts in the development and implementation of professional activities in the United States.

Form of Recognition

Engraved plaque.


For individuals, as warranted by suitable accomplishments. For organizations, maximum of two annually.


Members and organizations of the engineering profession in the United States.

No current member of the IEEE Board of Directors, the IEEE-USA Board of Directors, the IEEE-USA Awards and Recognition Committee, or IEEE staff may be candidates, or nominate or endorse candidates for this award.


The nominations for the IEEE-USA Jim Watson Student Professional Awareness Achievement Award are open to all IEEE members. Nominations may be submitted any time prior to the nomination deadline by completing the form on the online nomination portal.


Nominations are also solicited via publication of suitable notices in SPECTRUM, The INSTITUTE, and in Section and Society newsletters. In addition, a press release shall be made available to appropriate trade and technical publications outside the IEEE. The appropriate Regional or Division Director must endorse the nomination (more than one nomination may be endorsed.)

Basis for Judging

Selection shall be based on the dedication, effort and quality of an accomplishment achieved on individual effort in the development and implementation of professional activities in the United States.


The IEEE-USA Awards and Recognition Committee shall evaluate all nominations and shall select those which in their judgment reflect those contributions and achievements of individual efforts which are singularly significant in developing and implementing professional activities in the United States.


Presentation of the award shall normally be made by the President of IEEE-USA or designee at major IEEE-USA conferences, such as the Annual Meeting.


A citation should be proposed by the person originating the nomination. It will be reviewed and modified as appropriate by the IEEE-USA Awards and Recognition Committee.

Nominations Deadline:
9 September 2017

Nominations are now open. Please visit our nominations page
to nominate a colleague.


David Iams
Career, Member, and Professional Activities Manager
+1 202 530 8374