Standards Awards

Recognizing outstanding leadership and contributions to the IEEE SA and the development of standards.



The Emerging Technology Award may be presented annually to an individual, working group, or company that has advanced, initiated, or progressed a new technology within the IEEE SA open consensus process, and which meet the following criteria:

  • The IEEE SA work product is a balloted standards document, a standard, recommended practice, or guide. It is not necessary for the final document to be approved, but substantial progress beyond the PAR is necessary.
  • The IEEE SA work product is the first, or one of few such activities for the technology, industry, or market(s) for which it is targeted.
  • A technology, industry, or market where broad consensus agreements are not yet widely deployed, or not yet fully commercialized.
  • The IEEE SA work product has positive market relevance.
  • The effort places IEEE in a leadership position.
  • The contribution extends the IEEE SA standards portfolio.

Recognition consists of a sculpture and certificate. There is no honorarium attached to this award.

The award is presented by the IEEE SA President at the SA Awards Ceremony

  • Recipient honored at the IEEE SA Awards Ceremony (see previous ceremony)
  • Honoree highlight via press release
  • Recognition on IEEE SA website and social media post

The recipient must be an IEEE SA member. The eligible candidate, if an individual, may be the champion, project initiator, or prominent contributor to the effort.  There are no restrictions or preferences as to the nationality, race, sex, creed or age.

Annual Deadline 31 July 
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The award is to be presented at the annual IEEE SA Awards Ceremony. There is no funding from the IEEE SA Board of Governors for the recipient for travel to or accommodations at the award venue.

This award is sponsored by the IEEE Standards Association, administered by the IEEE SA Awards and Recognition Committee.



IEEE 802.1 Working Group
For the development of IEEE Std 802.1CM™-2018, IEEE Standard for Local and Metropolitan Area Networks—Time-Sensitive Networking for Fronthaul, the first IEEE standard to connect a cellular network’s radio equipment to its remote controller via a packet network; in particular, over a bridged IEEE 802.3™ Ethernet network

IEEE Std 1876 Working Group
"For the development of IEEE 1876™-2019 on networked smart learning objects for online laboratories, the first IEEE standard of its kind to recommend and guide its stakeholders for widespread development and use of online laboratories in support of science technology and engineering education."

Lee Coulter 
“For his personal initiative and leadership in identifying and defining an entirely new family of software-based intelligent process automation technologies (SBIPA), recruiting a diverse working group representing developers, buyers, consultants, industry analysts and academic researchers, and securing sponsorship from the IEEE for what is expected to be a comprehensive standards-setting program in this rapidly emerging field.”​ 

​IEEE 802.3 Working Group 
“For the development of IEEE Std 802.3bs™-2017 200 Gb/s (200GbE) and 400 Gb/s Ethernet (400GbE) standard, the first IEEE Ethernet standard to define 50 Gb/s electrical signaling and 50 Gb/s and 100 Gb/s optical signaling, based on 4 level Pulse Amplitude Modulation (PAM4) modulation, enabling network connectivity for applications requiring high performance throughput beyond 100 Gigabit Ethernet.”​

​Erik Jan Marinissen 
“For his passion and initiative supporting the creation​ ​of a 3D Test Standard.”​ 

​IEEE 802.11™ Working Group 
“For developing the IEEE 802.11 Enhancements for Very​ ​ High Throughput in the 60 GHz Band standard, the first​ ​ IEEE standard for wireless LAN millimeter wave technology,​ ​ enabling widespread consumer and commercial use of​ ​ 60 GHz spectrum for applications requiring extremely high​ ​ performance, multi-gigabit connectivity and low latency.”​ 

Giovanni Acampora 
“For outstanding contribution and leadership as Chair of the IEEE P1855TM Working Group in initiating and facilitating the creation of the first IEEE standard in the area of fuzzy logic.” 

Stephen F. Bush 
“For contributions to the research, development, and standardization of nanoscale communications.”

IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) Ontologies for Robotics and Automation (ORA) Working Group 
"For developing the 'Core Ontologies for Robotics and Automation' standard, which is the first RAS standard and one of the first ontology-based IEEE standards"

Yuan-Ting Zhang 
"For outstanding contribution and leadership as Chair of the IEEE P1708 Working Group in facilitating the creation of the first IEEE standard on wearable cuffless blood pressure measuring devices"

IEEE SA P2700 Standard for Sensor Performance Parameter Definitions 
"For the rapid development of MEMS standard sensor parameter performance definitions that address a critical need in the industry for accelerating innovation and commercialization"

Pierre Martin 
"For his tireless work as vice chairman of the C37.239 WG in facilitating the engineering, design, and implementation of the standard and the scheme of the new Common Format for Event Data Exchange"

802.22 Working Group 
"For developing the first IEEE standard for television whitespaces, using state of the art cognitive radio features that will help bridge the digital divide that exists today for rural areas and developing countries"

IEEE Rail Transit Vehicle Interface Standards Committee Working Group #2 
"For leadership in develop universally adopted consensus standards for communications-based train control technology"

IEEE 11073 Personal Health Devices Working Group 
"For outstanding effort facilitating the creation of interoperability health standards products which enable people to safely and effectively monitor and maintain their health"

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