Award information

The IEEE Richard Harold Kaufmann Award was established by the IEEE Board of Directors in 1986.

The Award is named in honor of Richard Harold Kaufmann in memory of his many important contributions to industrial systems engineering and his dedicated service to the IEEE Industry Applications Society.

Recipient selection is administered through the Technical Field Awards Council of the IEEE Awards Board.

Sponsor: IEEE Industry Applications Society

Presented to: An individual or team of up to three persons

Scope: For outstanding contributions in industrial systems engineering

Prize: The award consists of bronze medal, certificate, and honorarium.

Basis for judging: In the evaluation process, the following criteria are considered: exceptional contributions to design or application of systems technology, application of systems technology, apparatus, devices or materials for plant power distribution, drive systems, process control or other utilization systems, and the quality of the nomination.

Nomination deadline: 15 January

Endorsement 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. 

Award committee members
  • Kenneth B. Smith, Chair
  • Mark Hibbert
  • Erling Hesla
  • Xioadong Liang
  • Annette Muetze
  • Hugh O'Kelly
  • Kaushik Rajashekara
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