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About ComSoc

This award is named in honor of Edwin H. Armstrong, most notably the inventor and father of the complete FM radio system. He is responsible for the Regenerative Circuit, the Superheterodyne Circuit, and the Superregenerative Circuit. Armstrong’s inventions and development form the backbone of Radio Communications as we know it. A contemporary, in writing about Armstrong’s life and achievements, refers to him as the "Man of High Fidelity." His life is documented in a book justly called "Empire of the Air."

This award was first presented in 1958 as the Achievement Award. It was changed to its present title in 1975.

Prize
Certificate, plaque, and an honorarium of US$2,000, funded by the IEEE Foundation.

Eligibility
Must be a member of the IEEE Communications Society.

Basis for Judging
Demonstrates outstanding contributions over a period of years in the field of interest of the Society.

Presentation
Annually (as soon as possible after recommendation). The award may not be presented if a suitable candidate is not available.

Deadline
Nominations due 1 September unless otherwise noted.

 

2021 Award Recipient

Elza Erkip

For pioneering work in cooperative communications and relay networks

Elza Erkip
Elza Erkip, New York University

Elza Erkip an Institute Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at New York University Tandon School of Engineering. She received the B.S. degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA.  Her research interests are in information theory, communication theory, and wireless communications. 

Dr. Erkip is a member of the Science Academy of Turkey, a Fellow of the IEEE, and a Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher. She received the NSF CAREER award in 2001, the IEEE Communications Society WICE Outstanding Achievement Award in 2016, the IEEE Communications Society Communication Theory Technical Committee (CTTC) Technical Achievement Award in 2018, and the IEEE Communications Society Edwin Howard Armstrong Achievement Award in 2021. Her paper awards include the IEEE Communications Society Stephen O. Rice Paper Prize in 2004,  the IEEE Communications Society Award for Advances in Communication in 2013 and  the IEEE Communications Society Best Tutorial Paper Award in 2019. She was a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society 2012-2020, where she was the President in 2018. She was a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Information Theory Society from 2013 to 2014.

PAST AWARD RECIPIENTS

2020 - Giuseppe Caire
2019 - Geoffrey Ye Li
2018 - Andreas F. Molisch
2017 - Muriel Medard
2016 - Moe Z. Win 
2015 - Theodore S. Rappaport
2014 - Andrea Goldsmith
2013 - John M. Cioffi 
2012 - 
Donald Cox
2011 - No Award
2010 - No Award
2009 - H. Vincent Poor
2008 - Sergio Benedetto
2007 - Norman C. Beaulieu
2006 - Larry J. Greenstein
2005 - No Award
2004 - Hussein Mouftah
2003 - Hikmet Sari
2002 - Michael B. Pursley
2001 - Ezio Biglieri
2000 - Laurence B. Milstein
1999 - Al Gross
1998 - Donald L. Schilling 
1997 - Marvin K. Simon
1996 - Joachim Hagenauer
1995 - Adam Lender
1994 - Mischa Schwartz 
1993 - Paul Schumate
1992 - Hisashi Kaneko
1991 - Burton R. Saltzberg
1990 - Jack K. Wolf
1989 - Paul E. Green, Jr. 

1988 - Jack M. Sipress
1987 - Paul Baran
1986 - Gottfried Ungerboeck
1985 - Robert Charles Terreault 
1984 - Bob O. Evans
1983 - No Award
1982 - Tadahiro Sekimoto
1981 - Robert Price
1980 - Frederick T. Andrews
1979 - Arthur A. Collins
1978 - Andre Pinet 
1977 - William H.C. Higgins
1976 - Walter B. Morrow
1975 - R.W. Lucky
1974 - Frank D. Reese
1973 - S.G. Lutz, C.E. Shannon
1972 - A.E. Joel, Jr.
1971 - A.C. Dickieson
1970 - R.K. Hellmann 
1969 - D.S. Rau
1968 - P.G. Edwards
1967 - J.Z. Millar
1966 - W.T. Rea
1965 - A.G. Kanoian
1964 - No Award
1963 - I.S. Coggeshall
1962 - A.G. Clavier
1961 - E.I. Green
1960 - No Award 
1959 - K. Bullington
1958 - H.H. Beverage