Recipients of the Simon Ramo Founders Award

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  • 2016
  • Ruzena Bajcsy
    NEC Chair Professor of EECS and Director Emeritus of CITRIS
    EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley
    • Award:
      Founders
      Year:
      2016
    Citation:
    For seminal contributions to the fields of computer vision, robotics, and medical imaging, and technology and policy leadership in computer science education and research.
  • 2015
  • Dr. Linda P.B. Katehi
    Chancellor
    University of California, Davis
    • Award:
      Founders
      Year:
      2015
    Citation:
    For visionary leadership in engineering research, entrepreneurship, and education, and for national advocacy of higher education as a major driver of the U.S. economy.
  • 2014
  • Dr. Robert A. Brown Biography
    President
    Boston University
    • Award:
      Founders
      Year:
      2014
    Citation:
    For contributions to understanding of viscoelastic liquids and crystal growth, commitment to diversity in engineering, and leadership in transforming disciplines and institutions.
  • 2013
  • Albert D. Wheelon Biography
    Retired Chairman and CEO
    Hughes Aircraft Company
    • Award:
      Founders
      Year:
      2013
    Citation:
    For outstanding contributions to aircraft, spacecraft, and communication satellite technology that enhanced national security and strengthened the U.S. economy.
  • 2012
  • Nicholas A. Peppas Biography
    Fletcher Pratt Chair of Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Pharmacy
    University of Texas at Austin
    • Award:
      Founders
      Year:
      2012
    Citation:
    For contributions to biomedical and drug delivery applications of polymer networks and hydrogels and for leadership in the bioengineering community
  • 2011
  • David Atlas
    Distinguished Visiting Scientist
    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
    • Award:
      Founders
      Year:
      2011
    Citation:
    For five decades of research, innovation and development, leading to operational weather radar systems that have improved aviation safety and weather-related safety for millions worldwide.
  • 2010
  • Dr. Robert Langer
    David H. Koch Institute Professor
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • Award:
      Founders
      Year:
      2010
    Citation:
    For the invention, development, and commercialization of methods and materials for drug delivery and tissue engineering, mentoring of your scientists, and the promotion of the nation’s health.
  • 2009
  • John R. Casani
    Special Assistant to the Director
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    • Award:
      Founders
      Year:
      2009
    Citation:
    For distinguished innovation and leadership in robotic spacecraft engineering and project management that has enabled the first four decades of planetary and deep space exploration.
  • 2008
  • Dr. Robert M. Nerem
    Parker H. Petit Professor and Director
    Georgia Institute of Technology
    • Award:
      Founders
      Year:
      2008
    Citation:
    For seminal contributions to the fluid mechanics of biological systems, pioneering research in tissue engineering & leadership in bioengineering nationally& internationally including founding the American Institute for Medical&Biological Engineering.
  • 2007
  • Dr. Stanford "Sol" Penner
    Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Engineering Physics
    University of California, San Diego
    • Award:
      Founders
      Year:
      2007
    Citation:
    For pivotal studies on thermal radiation, propulsion, combustion, and energy systems, directing government studies, founding a university department and energy center, and training future leaders.
  • 2006
  • Dr. Shu Chien
    University Professor of Bioengineering and Medicine and Director
    University of California, San Diego
    • Award:
      Founders
      Year:
      2006
    Citation:
    For outstanding contributions to elucidating the engineering foundation of cardiovascular dynamics, and integrating engineering and biomedical sciences for the development of the biomedical engineering profession.
  • 2005
  • Dr. C. D. Mote, Jr.
    President and Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor
    University of Maryland
    • Award:
      Founders
      Year:
      2005
    Citation:
    For the creation of a comprehensive body of work on the dynamics of moving flexible structures and for leadership in academia.
  • 2004
  • Dr. Eli Ruckenstein
    Distinguished Professor
    State University of New York
    • Award:
      Founders
      Year:
      2004
    Citation:
    For leadership in modernizing research and development in key areas of chemical engineering.
  • 2003
  • Dr. Carver A. Mead
    Gordon and Betty Moore Professor of Engineering and Applied Science, Emeritus
    California Institute of Technology
    • Award:
      Founders
      Year:
      2003
    Citation:
    For visionary contributions in the field of microelectronics including VLSI technology and computational neural systems
  • 2002
  • Dr. Stuart W. Churchill
    Professor Emeritus of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
    University of Pennsylvania
    • Award:
      Founders
      Year:
      2002
    Citation:
    For outstanding leadership in research, education, and professional service, and for continuing contributions in combustion, heat transfer, and fluid dynamics for over a half century.
  • 2001
    • Award:
      Founders
      Year:
      2001
    Citation:
    For his pioneering contributions in gas thermal radiation, thermal insulation, and microscale heat transfer, as well as his leadership in education for youth around the world
  • 2000
    • Award:
      Founders
      Year:
      2000
  • 1999
  • Stephen D. Bechtel, Jr.
    Chairman Emeritus and Director
    Bechtel Group, Inc.
    • Award:
      Founders
      Year:
      1999
    Citation:
    For decades of exceptional accomplishments in civil engineering, corporate management, and civic, educational and professional development, all of which have been of great benefit to people in the United States and around the world.
  • 1998
  • Yuan-Cheng B. Fung
    Professor Emeritus of Bioengineering
    University of California, San Diego
    • Award:
      Founders
      Year:
      1998
    Citation:
    For superb accomplishments in biomechanics & aeroelasticity research, for broad contributions to the scientific discipline of biomechanics, & for outstanding leadership & statesmanship in developing biomechanics as a discipline in the 20th century.
  • 1997
  • Mario Salvadori
    Honorary Chairman
    Weidlinger Associates, Consulting Engineers
    • Award:
      Founders
      Year:
      1997
    Citation:
    For leadership in the analysis and design of complex structures, the education of several generations of structural engineers and architects and the introduction of our younger generation to science and mathematics.
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