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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.


2020 Award Recipient

For his impactful contributions and outstanding leadership towards the advancement of global telecommunication networks from 2G to 5G

Mallik Tatipamula
Mallik Tatipamula, Ericsson

As a CTO at Ericsson based in Silicon Valley, Dr Mallik Tatipamula leads evolution of Ericsson’s technology and champion the company’s next phase of innovation and growth. Prior to Ericsson, he held several leadership positions at F5 networks, Juniper networks, Cisco, Motorola, Nortel and Indian Institute of Technology (Chennai). During 30 years of his professional career, he has played a very unique leadership role in delivering industry’s most powerful innovations, standards contributions, products/solutions, design implementation of early real-world deployments working with telecom operators, and also innovating for the future, working with academia, by anticipating what might happen next, to accelerate the architectural transitions in the telecom industry. He has identified strategic opportunities, and implemented programs that have brought world-leading innovations to the telecom sector with a multi-billion dollars impact, launching over 50 products/solutions that are deployed in global telecom networks to enable these major network transitions from 2G to 5G.

Since 2011, he has been a visiting Professor at King’s College London. He is a Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) and The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET, UK). He received Univ. of California, Berkeley’s Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation Award in 2019, “CTO of the year” award by Total Telecom World Communications Awards (WCA) for the year 2020 and also “IET Achievement medal in telecommunications for the year’2020”. He has Ph.D. in Information and Communications Engineering from the Univ. of Tokyo, Japan, Master’s in Communication Systems from Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, India and Bachelor’s in Electronics and Communications Engineering from NIT, Warangal, India. He mentored over 100 undergrad/graduate students, delivered 400+ keynote/invited talks/tutorials/lectures, co-authored 2 books, 100+ publications/patents, served on 30+ IEEE conferences committees. He has been involved in developing industry-academia partnerships in Canada, US, UK and India for future technology innovations, and supported several public private partnership projects including NSF (USA), NSERC (Canada), EPSRC (UK), European Commission, NICT/NII (Japan), DoE/DoT (India). He serves on several advisory boards including Global Semiconductor Alliance, Gartner/Evanta CIO Council, Digital India Initiative, London Digital Twin Research Center, and Chair for the Industry Advisory Board for Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation and Advisor to Center for Growth Markets at Univ. of California, Berkeley.


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