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IEEE Celebrates Technology Trendsetters with Highest Peer Recognition

Technology Gurus from Around the World Take Center Stage at IEEE Honors Ceremony

26 June 2013 – IEEE will recognize 23 global giants who have made remarkable strides forward in technology for the benefit of humanity, the environment, and the advancement of knowledge, at the 2013 IEEE Honors Ceremony on 29 June at 7 p.m. PT at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel in San Diego, CA, USA. The event will also will be streamed live via

Some of these achievements include: unleashing the possibilities of high-capacity, low-cost optical fiber networks; fine-tuning the transmission of sound through muffling the roar of jet engines and helping world leaders hear each other at the United Nations; engineering robotic planetary missions to Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn; and creating the field of tissue engineering.

IEEE’s highest honor, the IEEE Medal of Honor, was presented to Irwin Mark Jacobs, founding Chairman and Chief Executive Emeritus of Qualcomm, Inc., in a separate ceremony on 6 June.

Three 2013 IEEE medal recipients have been bestowed National Medals by the President of the United States: Leo L. Beranek, Founder, Bolt Beranek and Newman (now Raytheon BBN Technologies), recipient of the U.S. National Medal of Science; and Irwin Mark Jacobs, founding Chairman and CEO Emeritus, Qualcomm, Inc., and Robert S. Langer, David H. Koch Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, recipients of the U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation.

In addition, Andrew Brimer and Abigail Cohen, student co-leads of a team from Washington University in St. Louis, MO, USA, will accept first prize in the IEEE Presidents’ Change the World Competition for their design of a cost-effective, pocket-sized medical device that can accurately diagnose and monitor such diseases as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and cystic fibrosis.

Read the complete listing of 2013 award recipients and citations (PDF, 43 KB).

IEEE President Peter Staecker and IEEE President-Elect Roberto de Marca will co-host the event.


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