Google Supports First IEEE Medal Named for Female Tech Icon

In 2021, the first medal named for a female, the IEEE Mildred Dresselhaus Medal, will be added to the IEEE roster of awards thanks to the generous support of Google. "Evidence of gender bias in scientific and engineering awards is painfully and abundantly available. There are many reasons for this and it is consequently of vital importance to visibly and publicly celebrate award-winning women in technical fields. Mildred Dresselhaus is a role model worthy of the name," said Vint Cerf, VP and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google.

The late Mildred Dresselhaus’ innovations helped mold the history of advancements in science, technology and education around the world. Dr. Dresselhaus was the first female recipient of the IEEE Medal of Honor—IEEE’s highest award sponsored by the IEEE Foundation—at the 2015 IEEE Honors Ceremony. The IEEE Mildred Dresselhaus Medal will be awarded to an individual “for outstanding technical contributions in science and engineering, of great impact to IEEE fields of interest.” The deadline for nominating someone for the 2021 IEEE Mildred Dresselhaus Medal is 15 June 2020.

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