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About ComSoc

Plaque, certificate, and honorarium of US$2,000.

Recognizes an industry executive whose leadership has resulted in major and outstanding advances and new directions in the information and communications business.

An information or communications industry executive who has played a major leadership role in research or development and the introduction of systems, devices, applications or services that have significantly impacted the communications and information markets on a global basis. The candidate must show that he or she has substantially advanced the use of information and communication technologies in industry, commerce, and society. The candidate is not required to be an IEEE member.

Selection Criteria and Basis for Judging
Executive leadership resulting in major advances and new directions in the information and communications business area.  Evaluation is based on factors such as the global acceptance of products and services, financial success and growth of the business, ubiquity of the products and services, emulation of the contributions by the competition, and the degree of the candidate's global recognition.  Other selection criteria include time of service, impact, and specific innovations.

Nomination/Selection Process
Nominations will be solicited each year, up to the nominations deadline decided by the Awards Committee.  Nominations will be openly solicited however, nominations would also be received from a Nominations Committee appointed by the President of the IEEE Communications Society.

The award will be presented at a major IEEE Communications Society annual conference or venue appropriate to the business area of the recipient. The award will not be conferred in any given year if a suitable candidate is not identified. The award will be given annually (as appropriate) and no more than two awards will be given per year.

Administration and Funding
The IEEE Communications Society will administer the award covered out of annual Society operations budget.

Nominations due 15 February and 1 September.


2023 Award Recipient

Ulrich L. Rohde

For contributions and leadership in radios and electronic test-measurement equipment that has supported the design of modern communication systems and their industrial implementations

Ulrich L. Rohde

Prof. Dr. Ing. habil Ulrich L. Rohde is a Partner of Rohde & Schwarz, Munich Germany; Chairman of Synergy Microwave Corp., Paterson, New Jersey; President of Communications Consulting Corporation; serving as an honorary member of the Senate of the University of the Armed Forces Munich, Germany honorary member of the Senate of the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus–Senftenberg, Germany. 

Dr. Rohde is serving as a full Professor of Radio and Microwave Theory and Techniques at the University of Oradea and several other universities worldwide, to name a few: Honorary Professor IIT-Delhi, Honorary Chair Professor IIT-Jammu, Professor at the University or Oradea for microwave technology, a honorary professor at the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg University of Technology, and professor at the German Armed Forces University Munich (Technical Informatics).

Rohde has published 400+ scientific papers, co-authored over dozen books, with John Wiley and Springer and hold  over 4 dozens patents; received several awards, to name a few recent awards: recipient of 2022 IEEE Photonics Society Engineering Achievement Award,  2021 Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, 2020  IEEE Region 1 Technological Innovation Award, 2019 IETE Fellow Award, 2019 IEEE CAS Industrial Pioneer Award; 2017 RCA Life time achievement award, 2017 IEEE-Cady Award, 2017 IEEE AP-S Distinguish achievement award, 2017 Wireless Innovation Forum Leadership Award, 2016 IEEE MTT-S Applications Award, 2015 IEEE-Rabi Award, 2015 IEEE Region-1 Award, and 2014 IEEE-Sawyer Award.

And in December 2022, The Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) inducted Dr. Ulrich Rohde as a fellow during ceremonies for "outstanding contributions to engineering and also your dynamic leadership in engineering domain, which have immensely contributed for the faster development of the country." Dr. Rohde is only the third foreign fellow elected by the INAE, preceded by Dr. Jeffrey Wineland, who won a Nobel Prize in Physics.


2022 No Award 
- John Donovan
2020 - Mallik Tatipamula
2019 - Ibrahim J. Gedeon
2018 - Wen Tong
2017 - Zhengmao Li
2016 - Jong-Kyun Shin 
- Paul Jacobs
2014 - Eros Spadotto
2013 No Award 
 - Janusz Filipiak, Niklas Zennström, and Janus Friis 

2011 No Award
2010 - Suk-Chae Lee
2009 - Kaoru Yano
2008 No Award
2007 - Arun Sarin
2006 - Henry Samueli
2005 - No Award
2004 - Ki Tae Lee and Irwin M. Jacobs 
2003 - Jorma Ollila
2002 - John T. Chambers
2001 - Keiji Tachikawa