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Congratulations to IEEE Life Fellow Mildred Dresselhaus, Winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

12 November 2014 – IEEE congratulates IEEE Life Fellow Mildred Dresselhaus on being named one of 19 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which is “presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.” The award is the United States’ highest civilian honor.

Dresselhaus is described as “one of the most prominent physicists, materials scientists, and electrical engineers of her generation. A professor of physics and electrical engineering at MIT, she is best known for deepening our understanding of condensed matter systems and the atomic properties of carbon, which has contributed to major advances in electronics and materials research,” in the official news release.

She was awarded the 2004 IEEE Founders Medal, "For leadership across many fields of science and engineering through research and education and for exceptional and unique contributions to the profession."

The awards will be presented at a ceremony at the White House on 24 November 2014.


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