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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. Distinguished Service 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.
     
  4. Above and Beyond Award: Established in 2016, this annual award recognizes an ESL permanent 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 permanent 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.
     
  5. Student of the Year 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.
     
  6. 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. 
     
  7. 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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2018 Annual ESL Awards Selection Committee

  • Chris Ball
  • Nima Ghalichechian
  • Teh-Hong Lee
  • Christopher Neese
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2018 Annual ESL Award Recipients

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.

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 Paper Award -Runners Up:

R.K. Rasel, CE Zuccarelli, QM Marashdeh, LS Fan, FL Teixeira for the work, “Toward Multiphase Flow Decomposition Based on Electrical Capacitance Tomography Sensors,” published in the IEEE Sensors Journal.

K. Ren, J Chen, RJ Burkholder, for the work, “A 3-D Uniform Diffraction Tomographic Algorithm for Near-Field Microwave Imaging Through Stratified Media,” published in the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation.

Above and Beyond Staff Award:

Jennifer McCord, Human Resources Associate at ESL, whose efficiency, reliability and positive interactions with faculty and staff were spotlighted this year.

Above and Beyond Student Award:

ESL Graduate Research Associate, Matthew Buchanan, was selected for his efforts and accomplishments in remote sensing investigations and international conference participation throughout 2018. Faculty pointed out his ability to foster a community at ESL, as well as his sense of humor as well.

Above and Beyond Researcher Award:

Alexandra Bringer was selected for her excellent service to the ESL community and contributions to the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) program. 

George Sinclair Award:

Retired Electrical and Computer Engineering Research Scientist, Eric Walton, was selected for his major contributions toward technical advancements of automotive radars and antennas, noise radar (an area he pioneered), scattering signature analysis, processing of antenna/RCS test range probe data, wavelet-based time-frequency analysis (a major breakthrough), and near-field focusing of range probe data for mapping stray signals in antenna/RCS test ranges (a new territory in range diagnostics).

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