Charles Stark Draper Prize for Engineering

Recipients of the Charles Stark Draper Prize for Engineering

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  • 2016
    Dr. Andrew J. Viterbi
    Dr. Andrew J. Viterbi
    President
    Viterbi Group
    CitationFor development of the Viterbi algorithm, its transformational impact on digital wireless communications, and its significant applications in speech recognition and synthesis and in bioinformatics.
  • 2015
    Dr. Isamu Akasaki
    Dr. Isamu Akasaki
    Professor
    Meijo University
    CitationFor the invention, development, and commercialization of materials and processes for light-emitting diodes (LEDs).
  • Dr. M. George Craford
    Dr. M. George Craford
    Chief Technology Officer
    Philips Lumileds Lighting
    CitationFor the invention, development, and commercialization of materials and processes for light-emitting diodes (LEDs).
  • Professor Russell Dupuis
    Professor Russell Dupuis
    Chaired Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)
    Georgia Institute of Technology
    CitationFor the invention, development, and commercialization of materials and processes for light-emitting diodes (LEDs).
  • Dr. Nick Holonyak, Jr.
    Dr. Nick Holonyak Jr.
    Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    CitationFor the invention, development, and commercialization of materials and processes for light-emitting diodes (LEDs).
  • Dr. Shuji Nakamura
    Dr. Shuji Nakamura
    Professor of Materials and Electrical and Computer Engineering
    University of California, Santa Barbara
    CitationFor the invention, development, and commercialization of materials and processes for light-emitting diodes (LEDs).
  • 2014
    John B. Goodenough
    Dr. John B. Goodenough
    Centennial Professor of Engineering
    The University of Texas
    CitationFor engineering the rechargeable lithium-ion battery that enables compact, lightweight mobile devices.
  • Yoshio Nishi
    Mr. Yoshio Nishi
    Retired senior vice president and chief technology officer
    Sony Corporation
    CitationFor engineering the rechargeable lithium-ion battery that enables compact, lightweight mobile devices.
  • Rachid Yazami
    Dr. Rachid Yazami
    Research Director
    Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
    CitationFor engineering the rechargeable lithium-ion battery that enables compact, lightweight mobile devices.
  • Akira Yoshino
    Dr. Akira Yoshino
    General Manager, Yoshino Laboratory
    Asahi Kasei Corporation
    CitationFor engineering the rechargeable lithium-ion battery that enables compact, lightweight mobile devices.
  • 2013
    Martin Cooper
    Mr. Martin Cooper
    Dyna, LLC
    CitationPioneering contributions to the world’s first cellular telephone networks, systems, and standards.
  • Joel S. Engel
    Dr. Joel S. Engel
    JSE Consulting
    CitationPioneering contributions to the world’s first cellular telephone networks, systems, and standards.
  • Richard H. Frenkiel
    Mr. Richard H. Frenkiel
    CitationPioneering contributions to the world’s first cellular telephone networks, systems, and standards.
  • Thomas Haug
    Dr. Thomas Haug
    CitationPioneering contributions to the world’s first cellular telephone networks, systems, and standards.
  • Yoshihisa Okumura
    Dr. Yoshihisa Okumura
    Emeritus
    Kanazawa Institute of Technology
    CitationPioneering contributions to the world’s first cellular telephone networks, systems, and standards.
  • 2012
    Dr. T. Peter Brody
    Dr. T. Peter Brody
    Chief Scientist
    Advantech US
    CitationEngineering development of the Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) that is utilized in billions of consumer and professional devices.
  • Dr. George H. Heilmeier
    Dr. George H. Heilmeier
    Chairman Emeritus
    Bellcore
    CitationEngineering development of the Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) that is utilized in billions of consumer and professional devices.
  • Dr. Wolfgang Helfrich
    Dr. Wolfgang Helfrich
    Professor
    Free University of Berlin
    CitationEngineering development of the Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) that is utilized in billions of consumer and professional devices.
  • Dr. Martin Schadt
    Dr. Martin Schadt
    Scientific Adviser
    CitationEngineering development of the Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) that is utilized in billions of consumer and professional devices.
  • 2011
    Frances H. Arnold
    Frances H. Arnold
    CitationFor directed evolution, a method used worldwide for engineering novel enzymes and biocatalytic processes for pharmaceutical and chemical products.