Charles Stark Draper Prize for Engineering

Recipients of the Charles Stark Draper Prize for Engineering

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  • 2024
    Prof. Dr. Stuart S.P. Parkin
    Prof. Dr. Stuart S.P. Parkin
    Managing Director
    Max Planck Institute for Microstructure Physics, Halle (Saale), Germany
    CitationFor engineering spintronic technologies, enabling digital information storage that serves as a foundation for our data-driven world.
  • 2022
    Stephen (Steve) B. Furber
    Professor Stephen (Steve) B. Furber
    ICL Professor of Computer Engineering in the Department of Computer Science
    University of Manchester
    CitationFor contributions to the invention, development, and implementation of reduced instruction set computer (RISC) chips.
  • Dr. John L. Hennessy
    Dr. John L. Hennessy
    The James F. and Mary Lynn Gibbons Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
    Stanford School of Engineering
    CitationFor contributions to the invention, development, and implementation of reduced instruction set computer (RISC) chips.
  • David A. Patterson
    Dr. David A. Patterson
    Professor Emeritus
    University of California at Berkeley
    CitationFor contributions to the invention, development, and implementation of reduced instruction set computer (RISC) chips.
  • Sophie M. Wilson
    Ms. Sophie M. Wilson
    CBE FRS FREng
    CitationFor contributions to the invention, development, and implementation of reduced instruction set computer (RISC) chips.
  • 2020
    Professor Jean Fréchet
    Professor Jean Fréchet
    Professor of Chemistry and Chemical & Biological Engineering (Emeritus) and Emeritus Senior Vice-President for Research, Innovation & Economic Development, KAUST
    University of California, Berkeley
    CitationFor the invention, development, and commercialization of chemically amplified materials for micro- and nanofabrication, enabling the extreme miniaturization of microelectronic devices.
  • Professor C. Grant Willson
    Professor C. Grant Willson
    Rashid Engineering Regents Chair
    University of Texas
    CitationFor the invention, development, and commercialization of chemically amplified materials for micro- and nanofabrication, enabling the extreme miniaturization of microelectronic devices.
  • 2018
    Dr. Bjarne Stroustrup
    Dr. Bjarne Stroustrup
    Managing Director in the Technology Division
    Morgan Stanley
    CitationFor conceptualizing and developing the C++ programming language.
  • 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.
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