Simon Ramo Founders Award

Recipients of the Simon Ramo Founders Award

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  • 2016
    Ruzena Bajcsy
    Dr. Ruzena K. Bajcsy
    NEC Chair Professor of EECS and Director Emeritus of CITRIS
    EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley
    CitationFor 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
    Dr. Linda P.B. Katehi
    Chancellor
    University of California, Davis
    CitationFor 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
    Dr. Robert A. Brown
    President
    Boston University
    CitationFor 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
    Dr. Albert D. Wheelon
    Retired Chairman and CEO
    Hughes Aircraft Company
    CitationFor outstanding contributions to aircraft, spacecraft, and communication satellite technology that enhanced national security and strengthened the U.S. economy.
  • 2012
    Nicholas A. Peppas Biography
    Dr. Nicholas A. Peppas
    Fletcher Pratt Chair of Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Pharmacy
    University of Texas at Austin
    CitationFor contributions to biomedical and drug delivery applications of polymer networks and hydrogels and for leadership in the bioengineering community
  • 2011
    David Atlas
    David Atlas
    Distinguished Visiting Scientist
    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
    CitationFor 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
    Dr. Robert Langer
    David H. Koch Institute Professor
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    CitationFor 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
    John R. Casani
    Special Assistant to the Director
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    CitationFor 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
    Dr. Robert M. Nerem
    Parker H. Petit Professor and Director
    Georgia Institute of Technology
    CitationFor 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
    Dr. Stanford "Sol" Penner
    Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Engineering Physics
    University of California, San Diego
    CitationFor 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
    Dr. Shu Chien
    University Professor of Bioengineering and Medicine and Director
    University of California, San Diego
    CitationFor 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.
    Dr. Dan C. Mote Jr.
    President and Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor
    University of Maryland
    CitationFor the creation of a comprehensive body of work on the dynamics of moving flexible structures and for leadership in academia.
  • 2004
    Dr. Eli Ruckenstein
    Dr. Eli Ruckenstein
    Distinguished Professor
    State University of New York
    CitationFor leadership in modernizing research and development in key areas of chemical engineering.
  • 2003
    Dr. Carver A. Mead
    Dr. Carver A. Mead
    Gordon and Betty Moore Professor of Engineering and Applied Science, Emeritus
    California Institute of Technology
    CitationFor visionary contributions in the field of microelectronics including VLSI technology and computational neural systems
  • 2002
    Dr. Stuart W. Churchill
    Dr. Stuart W. Churchill
    Professor Emeritus of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
    University of Pennsylvania
    CitationFor 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
    Dr. Chang-Lin Tien
    Dr. Chang-Lin Tien
    CitationFor 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
  • 1999
    Stephen D. Bechtel, Jr.
    Stephen D. Bechtel Jr.
    Chairman Emeritus and Director
    Bechtel Group, Inc.
    CitationFor 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
    Yuan-Cheng B. Fung
    Professor Emeritus of Bioengineering
    University of California, San Diego
    CitationFor 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
    Mario Salvadori
    Honorary Chairman
    Weidlinger Associates, Consulting Engineers
    CitationFor 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.