The IEEE Solid-State Circuits Award was established by the Board of Directors in 1987.
The award was renamed the IEEE Donald O. Pederson Award in Solid-State Circuits in 2005. Don was a co-founder of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Council, the forerunner of today's Solid-State Circuits Society, in 1966, and he was instrumental in launching the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits that same year.
Recipient selection is administered through the Technical Field Awards Council of the IEEE Awards Board.
Sponsor: IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society
Presented to: An individual, or team of up to three
Scope: For outstanding contributions to solid-state circuits, as exemplified by benefit to society, enhancement to technology, and professional leadership
Prize: The award consists of a bronze medal, certificate, and honorarium.
Basis for judging: In the evaluation process, the following criteria are considered: impact, timeliness, quality, societal benefit, technology enhancement and creativity associated with the contribution, leadership and professional contributions of individual(s) identified with this achievement, and the quality of the nomination.
Nomination deadline: 31 January
Notification: Recipients are typically approved during the June IEEE Board of Directors meeting, usually held towards the end of the month. 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: 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.