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In 1986 the Board of Directors established the IEEE Richard M. Emberson Award.

The Award is named in honor of Dr. Richard M. Emberson, whose 23-year association with the Institute at both the staff and volunteer levels, including Director of Technical Services, Executive Director and General Manager, and Member of the Board of Directors, exemplified loyal and dedicated service to the Institute, especially its Technical Activities.

Sponsor: IEEE Technical Activities Board

Presented to: An IEEE Member

Scope: For distinguished service advancing the technical objectives of IEEE

NOTE: For the Emberson Award, only volunteer contributions are to be considered, not contributions made while an IEEE employee. The quality of the nomination will also be considered by the selection committee.

Prize: The award consists of a bronze medal, illuminated certificate, honorarium, and travel expenses to the award ceremony.

Nomination deadline: 15 June

Notification: Recipients are typically approved during the November IEEE Board of Directors meeting. Recipients and their nominators will be notified following the meeting. Subsequently, the nominators of unsuccessful candidates will be notified of the status of their nomination.

Presentation: At the annual IEEE Honors Ceremony


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IEEE Service Awards Committee members

  • Joseph Lillie, Chair
  • Diane Bowen Collier
  • Bruce Eisenstein
  • David Kemp
  • Hugh Rudnick
  • Francesca Maradei
  • Francisco Martinez
  • Yong Jin Park
  • Gerald Jerry Peterson


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2016 IEEE Honors Ceremony

2016 Medal of Honor recipient David Forney in video screenshot