2018 Award Recipient and Description

MTT-S Awards 2018 Award Recipient and Description
Microwave Career Award
Recognizes a career of meritorious achievement and outstanding technical contribution by an individual in the field of microwave theory and techniques.

Eliot D. Cohen

Eliot D. Cohen has had a distinguished career working in the microwave and electronics industry for almost 50 years. He has worked primarily in U.S. government research agencies and organizations, rising to leadership positions at the Naval Research Laboratory and DARPA.  His influence as the leader of major silicon and GaAs FET technology programs (VHSIC, MIMIC, MAFET) had an immense effect on the growth of these industries in the 1980s and 1990s, while contributing to an avalanche of intellectual property in a number of technical areas of IEEE, including the wireless communications area.

Without Eliot’s vision and planning expertise it is unlikely that microwave and millimeter-wave technology would enjoy its widespread success and use in practical applications.

The MTT-Society has been fortunate in having over a decade of volunteer effort from Eliot Cohen, including three terms of membership on the Administrative Committee, and service as 1995 Society President.

Distinguished Service Award Recognizes an individual who has given outstanding service for the benefit and advancement of the MTT Society.

Manfred J. Schindler

Fred Schindler was, prior to his retirement, Director of Qorvo’s Billerica Design Center. He has published over 40 technical articles and has 11 patents, primarily in the area of MMIC/RFIC development. He earned a BSEE from Columbia University in 1979 and an MSECE from UMass Amherst in 1982 as a Raytheon Microwave Scholar.

Fred has held a variety of roles in the MTT Society and IEEE. He is currently the Chair of the IEEE Conferences Committee and the Chair of the IMS Executive Committee. He served as MTT Secretary in 1993, MTT Meetings and Symposia Chair 1997-98, Membership Service Chair 2000-1, and MTT President in 2003.  He has contributed to the International Microwave Symposium in various capacities including Technical Program Vice-Chair in 2000, General Chair in 2009 and IMSEC Chair 2010-2011 and 2014 to present. He served as inaugural chair of the Radio and Wireless Symposium in 2006 and was RWS ExCom Chair in 2007 and 2010 to 2014. 

Distinguished Educator Award Recognizes a distinguished educator in the field of microwave engineering and science who best exemplifies the special human qualities of Fred Rosenbaum, who considered teaching a high calling and demonstrated his dedication to the Society through tireless service.

Alwyn Seeds and Ching-Kuang (Clive) Tzuang

Alwyn Seeds received the Ph.D. and D.Sc. degrees from the University of London. From 1980 to 1983 he was a Staff Member at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, where he worked on GaAs monolithic millimetre-wave integrated circuits for use in phased-array radar. He returned to England in 1983, to take up a lectureship in telecommunications at Queen Mary College, University of London, moving to University College London in 1986, where he is now Professor of Opto-electronics and Head of the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, rated in the UK Government's 2014 Research Excellence Framework as one of the top four university departments in the United Kingdom that carry out research in the field of electronic engineering. He has published over 250 papers and many patents on microwave and opto-electronic devices and their systems applications. His current research interests include microwave and THz photonics and photonic integration.

Professor Seeds has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK), an IEEE Fellow (USA), and has served as a Member of the Board of Governors and Vice-President for Technical Affairs of the IEEE Photonics Society (USA). He is Principal Investigator of the EPSRC Programme Grant on Coherent THz Systems, Director of the joint UCL-Cambridge EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Integrated Photonic and Electronic Systems and Director of the National Dark Fibre Infrastructure Service (UK). He is a co-founder of ZinWave Inc., a manufacturer of wireless over fibre systems, which was acquired by McWane Technologies in 2014. He was awarded the 2012 Gabor Medal and Prize of the Institute of Physics for his work on microwave photonics.

Ching-Kuang (Clive) Tzuang

Ching-Kuang Clive Tzuang received his B.S. degree in electronic engineering from National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, R.O.C., in 1977, the M.S. degree from the University of California at Los Angeles, in 1980, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, in 1986. From 1981 to 1984, he was with TRW, Redondo Beach, CA. He became an associate professor at the Institute of Communication Engineering, National Chiao Tung University in 1986, and a full professor in 1991. In February 2004, he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering, National Taiwan University, where he conducted research on advanced guiding structures for RF sensor system-on-chip technology development. Dr. Tzuang retired from National Taiwan University and became Professor Emeritus in 2012. He was invited to Tianjin University, China, to found a THz research laboratory; since February 2015, he helped establishing the "Millimeter-Wave and THz Technologies Transcend” research center in the Beijing Economic Technological Development Area. Dr. Tzuang served as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Microwave and Wireless Components Letters (2010-2012), and he is an editorial board member of the IEEE Proceedings (2013-to date), and the MTT-S Publication Committee (2015-to date). He is an IEEE Fellow.

Microwave Pioneer Award

Recognizes an individual or team, not exceeding three persons, having made outstanding pioneering technical contributions that advance microwave theory and techniques, which are described in an archival paper published at least 20 years prior to the year of the award.

Robert J. Mattauch for theoretical and experimental work on the development of Schottky diode technology for scientific applications throughout the millimeter- and submillimeter-wave bands.

…and described in the paper T. Viola and R. Mattauch, “High-Frequency Noise in Schottky Barrier Diodes,” Proc. IEEE, Vol. 61, No. 3, pp. 392-393, March 1973.

Robert J. Mattauch joined the Department of Electrical Engineering of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA, in September of 1966. He immediately founded UVa’s Semiconductor Device Laboratory establishing, for the first time in Virginia, a microelectronics program at a university. He and his graduate students began research on millimeter wave semiconductor devices for radio astronomy applications in 1969. In 1971, their work yielded devices which were known internationally to exhibit the highest sensitivity in the millimeter wave range (100 GHz). By 1973, devices resulting from this research were used exclusively in the vast majority of radio telescopes around the world. In 1976, Mattauch and his graduate students began work on devices designed for detection of chlorine monoxide, the compound responsible for the disassociation of ozone molecules, and were a part of the JPL led research team to perform the first bench-mark measurement of the concentration of chlorine monoxide, ClO, in the stratosphere. Semiconductor devices from his research have been used in all NASA measurements of indication of stratospheric ozone layer depletion to the time of this resume. Until 1980, Mattauch was the only faculty member in the semiconductor device area and consequently taught all undergraduate and graduate courses. He supervised a team of as many as eight graduate students, and served as principal investigator on as many as nine research grants/contracts at one time. In his time at UVa, Mattauch served as thesis and technical advisor to over 50 M.S. and Ph.D. students.

Microwave Application Award Recognizes an individual or team of no more than five individuals for an outstanding application of microwave theory and techniques.

Peter H. Siegel for significant contributions to the development of terahertz Schottky diode mixers and multipliers for space applications.

Peter H. Siegel (BA Colgate 1976, PhD Columbia, 1983, IEEE member since 1975) has held appointments as Faculty Associate in Electrical Engineering and Senior Scientist in Biology at the California Institute of Technology, and Senior Research Scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, both in Pasadena, California. At JPL, he founded and led for 25 years, the Submillimeter Wave Advanced Technology (SWAT) team, a group of 20+ scientists and engineers developing THz technology for NASA’s near and long-term space missions. This included delivering key components for four major satellite missions and leading more than 75 smaller R&D programs for NASA and the US Department of Defense. At Caltech, Dr. Siegel has been involved in new biological and medical applications of THz, especially low power effects on neurons and most recently, millimeter-wave monitoring of blood chemistry. Among many other functions, he serves as founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Terahertz Science and Technology and the General Secretary of the International Society of Infrared, Millimeter, and Terahertz Waves, the world’s largest society devoted exclusively to THz science and technology, which he founded in 2009. He is also an IEEE Fellow, and has served as an IEEE Distinguished lecturer, vice-chair and chair of IEEE MTTS Committee 4 – THz Technology, and as an ex-officio member of the MTT-S AdCom. Dr. Siegel has published more than 300 articles on THz components and technology and has given more than 200 invited talks on this subject throughout his career of 40 years in THz. 

Outstanding Young Engineer Award Recognizes an outstanding young MTT-S member who has distinguished him/herself through achievement(s), which may be technical (within the MTT-S Field of Interest), may be exemplary service to the MTT-S, or may be a combination of both.

Simone Bastioli (Industry) … for outstanding early career contributions to innovative concepts in microwave filter topology.

Changzhi Li (Academia) …for contributions to low-power smart radar sensors that improve the quality of life.

Nils Pohl (Academia) …for outstanding early career contributions to the microwave profession, especially to millimeter-wave integrated circuits and radar techniques.

Maciej Wojnowski (Industry) …for leadership and contributions in the field of millimeter-wave packaging and passive device characterization.

Microwave Prize Recognizes, on an annual basis, the most significant contribution by a published paper to the field of interest of the MTT-S. Committee deliberation begins on January 1, and considers papers published in the preceding year.   Eric J. Naglich and Andrew C. Guyette, for their paper “Frequency-Selective Limiters Utilizing Contiguous-Channel Double Multiplexer Topology,” IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, vol. 64, no. 9, pp. 2871-2882 Sept. 2016.

MWCL “Tatsuo Itoh” Award

Recognizes, on an annual basis, the most significant contribution in a paper published in the IEEE Microwave and Wireless Component. Letters. Committee deliberation begins on January 1, and considers papers published in the preceding year.  

Daniel J. Shepphard, Jeffrey Powell, and Steve C. Cripps, for their paper "An Efficient Broadband Reconfigurable Power Amplifier Using Active Load Modulation," IEEE Microwave and Wireless Components Letters, Vol. 26, No. 6, pp. 443-445, June 2016.

T-TST Best Paper Award

Recognizes, on an annual basis, the most significant contribution in a paper published in the IEEE Transactions on Terahertz Science and Technology. Committee deliberation begins on January 1, and considers papers published in the preceding year.

R. Risacher, R. Gusten, J. Stutzki, H. Hubers, D. Buchel, U. Graf, S. Heyminck, C. Honingh, K. Jacobs, B. Klein, T. Klein, C. Leinz, P. Putz, N. Reyes, L. Ricken, H. Wunsch, P. Fusco, S. Rosner, for their paper “First Supra-THz Heterodyne Array Receivers for Astronomy with the SOFIA Observatory,” IEEE Transactions on Terahertz Science and Technology, Vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 199-211, March 2016

IEEE Microwave Magazine Best Paper Award

Recognizes, on an annual basis, the most significant contribution in a paper published in the IEEE Microwave Magazine.  Committee deliberation begins on January 1, and considers papers published in the preceding year.  

Alessandro Cidronali, Stefano Maddio, Marco Passafiume, and Gianfranco Manes, for their paper titled “Car Talk: Technologies for Vehicle-to-Roadside Communications.” IEEE Microwave Magazine, Vol. 17, Issue 11, pp.  November 2016

N.W. Cox Award

Recognizes an individual who has given exemplary service to the Society in a spirit of selfless dedication and cooperation. The award is given in memory of N. Walter Cox, longstanding MTT-S volunteer.

Bela Szendrenyi has provided meritorious service to the MTT Society through his enthusiastic and unselfish efforts serving as MTT chapter officer, MTT AdCom Secretary, as a leader of the MTT MGA committee and as a significant contributor to several IMS organizing committees. For over a decade prior to his election to MTT AdCom or any official MTT committee appointment, Bela rendered exceptional efforts in support of MTT membership, chapters and events.

Throughout his years of service, Bela has encouraged volunteer cooperation and participation in our Society’s meetings, events, chapter activities, and publications. He has painstakingly collected member feedback at dozens of our conferences and through several membership surveys. He has represented the collected member concerns to MTT AdCom and governing committees and he has worked to develop programs and initiatives to better serve our members based on this feedback. His positive and enthusiastic attitude is incomparable in the MTT Society, and his spirit of membership camaraderie is unparalleled. Bela Szendrenyi embraces diversity, serves as a positive role model and motivates and inspires MTT members. He is a very valuable asset to the MTT Society.


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