IEEE-USA Award for Distinguished Contributions Furthering Public Understanding of the Profession

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Created by the IEEE-USA, the IEEE-USA Award for Distinguished Contributions Furthering Public Understanding of the Profession '"recognize[s] outstanding journalistic or other efforts that lead to a better public understanding of the contributions of engineering professionals to the enhancement and expansion of the social, economic, and cultural aspects of life."[1] The award is presented annually by IEEE-USA.

Previous winners[edit]


Jon Katz (Montclair, N.J., Wired, Rolling Stone and For his book, Geeks: How Two Lost Boys Rode the Internet out of Idaho.[citation needed]


Stuart Brown: for his articles Big Jobs are going to Micromachines,and Good-Bye Test Tubes, Hello, Labs-on-a-Chip.[citation needed]

David Kestenbaum: for his National Public Radio features, including The Birth of Digital.[citation needed]


Ben W. Stearns: for his book, Arthur Collins: Radio Wizard.[citation needed]


William S. Hammack: for creating public understanding of engineering, science and technology through his weekly public radio series, Engineering and Life.[citation needed]

Ben Shneiderman: “for his book, Leonardo’s Laptop: Human Needs and the New Computing Technologies.” [2]


William J. Mitchell: for increasing public understanding of information technology in everyday life through his book, Me++: The Cyborg Self and the Networked City[citation needed]

Terri Spitz, Steven Cooper and Scott Schroeder:for increasing public understanding of the impacts on engineering employment due to the H-1B and L-1 visa programs through their TV news series, Stolen Jobs.[citation needed]


C. Stewart Gillmor: for his biography, Fred Terman at Stanford, illustrating the importance of electrical and electronics engineering, and the contributions the engineer.[3]


WESH-TV Channel 2 News team consisting of Dan Billow, Travis J. Sherwin, Tom Schaad and Claire Metz: for accurate reporting in the Return to Flight series, which improved community awareness and understanding of the contributions of engineers in the space program.[citation needed]

Paula S. Apsell: For long-term efforts in promoting the understanding of science and engineering through NOVA programs.[citation needed]