Annual ESL Awards

Every year we recognize the accomplishments of the ESL community through the award categories described below during the Annual Awards Luncheon held in December.

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Award Categories

  1. Best Ph.D. Dissertation: Awarded annually, the award is given to the ESL Ph.D. student who completed and wrote the best Ph.D. dissertation between November 1st of the previous year and October 31st of the current year. Nominations are judged based on the technical quality, documentation quality, and the recognition/understanding of existing body of knowledge in the field. The award recipient receives a $300 monetary award and a framed certificate. 
     
  2. Best Journal Paper: Awarded annually, the award is given to the members of the ESL community who published the best paper between November 1st of the previous year and October 31st of the current year. Nominations are judged based on the technical quality, documentation quality, the recognition/understanding of existing body of knowledge in the field, and the technical impact of the journal. The award recipient receives a $300 monetary award and a framed certificate.
     
  3. Test of Time Award: Established in 2019, this annual award recognizes researchers who have published widely referenced in peer reviewed literature. The winning paper is based on statistics from Google Scholar for any ESL paper published in the calendar year five years prior to the current calendar year. The award recipient receives a $300 monetary award and a framed certificate.
     
  4. Above and Beyond Staff Award: Established in 2016, this annual award recognizes an ESL operations staff member, who has been employed at ESL since November 1st of the previous year, for his/her excellent service to the ESL community between November 1st of the previous year and October 31st of the current year. The nominations are judged based on how nominee exceeds beyond the normal expectations for his/her job, his/her demonstration of noteworthy service, and his/her contributions to the development and growth of the ESL community. The award recipient receives a $300 monetary award and a framed certificate.
     
  5. Above and Beyond Researcher Award: Established in 2016, this annual award recognizes an ESL researcher/faculty member for his/her non-scholarly activities that lead to increased ESL visibility, better social and technical atmosphere at ESL, and service on professional societies and organizations. Current ESL researchers or faculty members who have been employed at ESL since November 1 of the previous year are eligible for this award. The award recipient receives a $300 monetary award and a framed certificate.
     
  6. Above and Beyond Student Award: Established in 2016, this annual award recognizes an ESL student for his/her overall excellent performance based on his/her scholarly achievements, awards/recognition, involvement in the professional organizations/societies, contributions to the ESL community, and non-religious volunteer activities between November 1st of the previous year and October 31st of the current year. The award recipient receives a $300 monetary award and a framed certificate.
     
  7. Best Master’s Thesis: Awarded until 2016, the award was given to the ESL Masters student who completed and wrote the best Masters thesis between November 1st of the previous year and October 31st of the current year. 
     
  8. Best Technical Report: Awarded until 2016, the award was given to the members of the ESL community who wrote the best research technical report. 
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Nomination Particulars and Deadline

Any member of the ESL community can nominate a student, staff, researcher or faculty for the appropriate category. A call for nominations is sent in October annually to all ESL members. For the current year, the deadline for submitting nominations is October 31st. A nomination could be anonymous (give a hard copy of the nomination package to the designated person) as long as it is complete. A committee consisting of faculty and researchers reviews and selects the best submission in each category. Awards Committee members are ineligible for the awards in the year they will be serving; however, they may submit the materials that were ineligible for consideration in the current award year to the new award selection committee in the next award cycle. If you have any questions about the award submission process or award categories, please contact the Chair of the Awards Selection Committee or Michelle Diefenbach.

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2019 Annual ESL Awards Selection Committee

  • Chris Ball
  • Teh-Hong Lee
  • Christopher Neese
  • David Nippa
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2019 Annual ESL Award Recipients

Best Dissertation Award:

Matthew Buchanan, “Investigation of Advanced Spaceborne GNSS-R Techniques Using the SMAP Satellite.” Buchanan is advised by ECE Professor Joel Johnson.

Best Paper Award:

Cagda Gunes, Shah Chowdhury, C. Zuccarelli, Q. Marashdeh, Fernando Teixeira; “Toward Electrical Capacitance Tomography of Water-Dominated Multiphase Vertical Flows.” 

Best Paper Award - Runners Up:

Vigyanshu Mishra and Asimina Kiourti; “Wrap-Around Wearable Coils for Seamless Monitoring of Joint Flexion.” 

Jiu-Kun Che, Chi-Chih Chen, Joel T. Johnson, E, Kraus, D. Laczkowski, M. A. Solly, and K. Horgan, “6GHz CubeSat Radiometer Antenna System.

Above and Beyond Staff Award:

Spencer Smith, Facilities Coordinator at ESL

Above and Beyond Student Award:

Ramy Tantawy, ESL Graduate Research Associate

Above and Beyond Researcher Award:

Christopher Ball, ESL Research Scientist

Special Appreciation Award: 

Mallory Aliff, Leigh Zircher, and Sarah Vanadia, ERA support team

Test of Time Award:

Ronald M. Reano; "Hybrid silicon and lithium niobate electooptical ring modulator"

 

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ESL Award Submission Process

If you have any questions about the award submission process or award categories, please contact the Chair of the Awards Selection Committee or Michelle Diefenbach.

Past Award Recipients

2018

Best Paper Award: L. Duncan, Brian Dupaix, J.J. McCue, B. Mathieu, M. LaRue, V.J. Patel, M. Teshome, M-J Choe, Waleed Khalil for their work, “A 10-bit DC-20-Ghz Multiple-Return-toZero DAC with >48-db SFDR,” published in the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits.

Best Dissertation Award: Jeonghwan Park, “Investigations of GNSS-R for Ocean Wind, Sea Surface Height, and Land Surface Remote Sensing.” Park is advised by ECE Professor Joel Johnson.

Above and Beyond Researcher Award: Alexandra Bringer

Above and Beyone Staff Award: Jennifer McCord

Student of the Year Award: Matthew Buchanan

2017

Best Paper Award: Shah Chowdhury, Qussai M. Marashdeh, and Fernando l. Teixeira for their paper entitled: “Velocity Profiling of Multiphase Flows Using Capacitive Sensor Sensitivity Gradient”

Best Dissertation Award: J. Landon Garry for his dissertation entitled: “Imaging Methods for Passive Radar”, Advisor: Graeme Smith

Above and Beyond Award: Andrew O'Brien

Distinguished Service Award: Michelle Diefenbach

Student of the Year Award: Satheesh Bojja-Venkatakrishnan

George Sinclair Award: Inder "Jiti" Gupta for his excellence in research, and his exemplary leadership of the ElectroScience Laboratory including establishing an internationally recognized program in global navigation satellite systems (GNSS).  As well as playing a major role in the establishment of the Compact Range, CERF, and COUNT consortia.

2016

Best Paper: Syed An Nazmus Saqueb, Prof. Kubilay Sertel “Phase-Sensitive Single-Pixel THz Imaging Using Intensity-Only Measurements”

Best DissertationNicholas Host “Realization of a Low Cost, Low Complexity Traveling Wave Antenna”

Above and Beyond Award: Prof. Graeme Smith

Distinguished Service Award: Yesim Anter

Student of the Year Award: Shubhendu Bhardwaj

2015

Best PaperLi Chen, Jiahong Chen, Jonathan Nagy, and Ronald M. Reano "Highly Linear Ring Modulator From Hybrid Silicon and Lithium Niobate"

Best Dissertation: Jamin J. McCue. "An Interleaved Multi-mode RF-DAC with Fully Integrated, AC Coupled Digital Input"

Best Report: Haksu Moon and Fernando L. Teixeira. "Robust Computation of Electromagnetic Fields in Cylindrically Stratied Media: Extension to Anisotropic Layers"

2014

Best PaperCosan Caglayan, Georgios Trichopolous, and Kubilay Sertel."Non-Contact Probes for On-Wafer Characterization of Sub-Millimeter-Wave Devices and Integrated Circuits

Best Dissertation: Elias Alwan. "Ultra-wideband on-site-coding-receiver for digital beamforming applications"

2013

Best Paper: Li Chen, Michael Wood, Ronald Reano. "12.5 pm/V Hybrid Silicon and Lithium Niobate Optical Microring Resonator with Integrated Electrodes"

Best Dissertation: Nil Apaydin "Novel Implementations of Coupled Microstrip Lines on Magnetic Substrates"

Best Report: Haksu Moon, Fernando Teixeira. "Robust Computation of Electromagnetic Fields in Cylindrically Multilayered Media"

2012

Best Paper: Sidharth Balasubramanian, Greg Creech, James Wilson, Samantha Yoder, Jamin McCue Marian Verhelst, Waleed Khalil. "Systematic analysis of interleaved digital-to-analog converters"

Best Dissertation: Will Moulder "Novel Implementation of UWB Tightly Coupled Antenna Arrays"

Best Report: Bob Burkholder, Andrew O'Donnell. "Validation of Scattering Models for Characterizing Isolated Features on Missile Structures"

2011

Best Paper: Zhen Peng, Jin-Fa Lee. "Non-Conformal Doman Decomposition Method with Mixed True Second Order Transmission Condition for Solving Large Finite Antenna Arrays"

Best Dissertation: Kenneth Browne "High Resolution Radar Imaging Via a Portable Through-Wall MIMO System Empoying a Low-Profile UWB Array"

Best Report: Gil-Young Lee, D. Psychoudakis, Chi-Chih Chen, John Volakis "Body Wearable Antenna Diversity Systems, Phase II: Final Report"

2010 and prior years