The IEEE Reynold B. Johnson Information Storage Systems Award was established by the Board of Directors in 1992.
It is named in honor of Reynold B. Johnson, who is renowned as a pioneer of magnetic disk technology and was founding manager of the IBM San Jose Research and Engineering Laboratory, San Jose, California in 1952, where IBM research and development in the field was centered.
Recipient selection is administered through the Technical Field Awards Council of the IEEE Awards Board.
Presented to: To an individual, multiple recipients, or team up to three in number
Sponsor: Hitachi Data Systems
Scope: For outstanding contributions to information storage systems, with emphasis on computer storage systems
Prize: The award consists of a bronze medal, certificate, and honorarium.
Basis for judging: In the evaluation process, the following criteria are considered: computer storage is emphasized; achievement may relate to materials, concepts, design, hardware, or software may be theoretical or experimental, but will be judged on the impact and the historical significance on the evolution of computer storage systems; and the quality of the nomination.
Nomination deadline: 31 January
Presentation: IEEE policy requires that its awards be presented at major IEEE events that are in keeping with the nature of the award and the cited achievement.