Spanning three centuries, IEEE has helped engineer the future by engaging a broad array of technical professionals in a diverse set of communities.

This technical diversity is found among this year’s award recipients who have been cited for technological feats that fostered faster, more reliable, and smaller computers; enabled deep-space exploration; made possible the expansion of all types of communications through high-speed broadband transmission; improved capabilities for digital storage technology; and advanced acoustic and radar detection, among others.

IEEE Medal and Recognitions presentations

IEEE Medals shall embrace significant and broad IEEE interests and purposes. Presentation of IEEE Institute-level Medals and Recognitions are made by the IEEE President at the annual IEEE Honors Ceremony.

The IEEE Honors Ceremony Gala has been held in different cities throughout the years. The 2019 IEEE Honors Ceremony Gala will be held at The Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina in San Diego, CA, USA.

IEEE Vision, Innovation, and Challenges Summit

In 2017, the IEEE Honors Ceremony was held as the evening ceremony during the IEEE Vision, Innovations, and Challenges Summit.

The one-day meeting and 2017 Honors Ceremony was held at The Palace, San Francisco, CA, USA. The IEEE Vision, Innovation, and Challenges Summit (IEEE VIC) included talks, panels, and interactive discussions with leaders in this increasingly electronic world, looking ahead to future opportunities and challenges, and culminated with the evening's festivities that included the celebration of contributions of some of the world's most revered innovators, leaders, and legends at the ceremony and dinner.

On Friday, 11 May, the 2018 IEEE Vision, Innovation, and Challenges Summit (VIC Summit) & Honors Ceremony was held at The Palace Hotel in San Francisco CA, USA. 

The 2019 IEEE VIC Summit and Honors Ceremony was held on Friday, 17 May 2019 at The Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina in San Diego, CA, USA.

In 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IEEE VIC Summit and Honors Ceremony that was to take place on Friday, 15 May 2020 at the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver in Vancouver, BC, Canada, was cancelled. The 2020 IEEE Medals are being recognized through a series of online promotional campaigns. Vist the link below for more information. 

IEEE Honors Ceremony

The IEEE Honors Ceremony is IEEE's premier awards event, designed to recognize technical professionals in a wide variety of disciplines, for exceptional achievements and outstanding contributions that have made a lasting impact on technology, society, and the engineering profession. The IEEE Medal of Honor, the highest IEEE award, is presented at the Honors Ceremony.

Technical Field Award presentations

IEEE Technical Field Awards (TFAs) are awarded for contributions in specific technical fields of science and engineering, as well as in several areas of leadership.

IEEE TFA presentations shall be made in the same calendar year as the year of the award for which the recipient was chosen. TFAs are presented by the IEEE President, or designee, at an IEEE technical conference, meeting, or symposium as recommended by the relevant selection committee, and are endorsed by the IEEE Technical Field Awards Council and approved by the IEEE Awards Board (AB).

However, in rare and unusual circumstances, and with the approval of the AB, the IEEE President or designee may make the presentation at a non-IEEE technical conference or symposium.