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Celebrating the 2022 IEEE Medal and Recognition Recipients
Monday, June 27, 2022 12:40:00 PM

IEEE VIC Summit 2022The IEEE Vision, Innovation, and Challenges (VIC) Summit and Honors Ceremony is an annual highlight for IEEE that recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of technology “Giants.” 

The work of the 2022 IEEE Medal and Recognition recipients, whose groundbreaking technological advances span the spectrum of scientific, engineering and educational efforts to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity, were honored in person after two years of virtual celebrations. The event was held 6 May at the San Diego Marriott Marina hotel in California, US. This year, both the daytime Summit and the evening’s Honors Ceremony were livestreamed and are available on demand on IEEE.tv.

Midday on 6 May, the IEEE Foundation hosted an Honoree Luncheon for award recipients, sponsors and IEEE leaders. Sarah Rajala, a steadfast donor to the IEEE Foundation, and Vice President of Development for the IEEE Foundation Board of Directors, served as host and was “personally thrilled to see how giving to the IEEE Foundation comes to life and celebrate our 2022 IEEE Medal and Recognition honorees. Thank you to our amazing award supporters!” 2022 IEEE President K.J. Ray Liu and IEEE Awards Board Chair Karen Panetta also spoke, expressing their appreciation for sponsors and excitement at celebrating the honorees whose work supports IEEE’s mission of advancing technology for humanity. After the event, guests were encouraged to visit the IEEE Mobile Outreach VEhicle (MOVE) truck. MOVE is an IEEE Foundation donor supported program that provides emergency relief by assisting victims of natural disasters with short-term communications, computer and power solutions. When not deployed, it also provides STEM outreach.

There were many programs during the daytime IEEE VIC Summit, emceed by Vice President of Innovation and Programming at the Computer History Museum, Marguerite Gong Hancock. Keynote Speaker Harry Kloor, CEO and Co-Founder of Beyond Imagination, a company that has developed a suite of exponential technology solutions that deploys AI, AR, robotics, machine learning and human-computer interaction technology to enhance and revolutionize the world’s workforce, discussed robotics. Glenn Zorpette, Editorial Director for Content Development at IEEE Spectrum magazine, moderated a panel on Aerospace Technologies.

At the evening’s Honors Ceremony, IEEE’s highest honor, the Medal of Honor, sponsored by the IEEE Foundation, was given to Asad M. Madni, Distinguished Adjunct Professor and Distinguished Scientist, Electrical & Computer Engineering Department, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, US. Madni’s revolutionary contributions to sensors and systems for navigation and stability in aerospace and automotive applications have helped keep people safe around the world. 

The ceremony included the inaugural presentation of the IEEE Frances E. Allen Medal, sponsored by IBM, to co-recipients Eugene Wimberly Myers, Jr. and Webb Miller, “for pioneering contributions to sequence analysis algorithms and their applications to biosequence search, genome sequencing, and comparative genome analyses.”

We appreciate the generous donations from our sponsors and donors. Our supporters enable these awards, which are an invaluable part of IEEE’s portfolio of programs. Visit the IEEE Awards Program website for more information. 

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