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M E D A L S

2010 IEEE
Dennis J. Picard Medal for Radar
Technologies and Applications

2010 IEEE
Jun-ichi Nishizawa Medal

Sponsored by Raytheon Company

Sponsored by the Federation of Electric Power
Companies, Japan, and the Semiconductor
Research Foundation

Alfonso Farina

Richard M. Swanson

For continuous, innovative, theoretical and practical
contributions to radar systems and adaptive signal
processing techniques

For the conception and commercialization of
high-efficiency point-contact crystalline-silicon
solar cell technology

Alfonso Farina's innovative data and signal processing algorithms have impacted a wide range of radar technologies for
both civilian and military applications. Known for theoretically
sound contributions that have practical relevance, Dr. Farina
developed a unified approach to algorithms and processing architectures for adaptive cancellation of clutter and directional
interference in ground-based, ship-borne and airborne radar
systems. His studies of phased arrays led to the realization of the
advanced adaptive cancellation system for the multifunctional
phased array ship-borne radar within a trans-national cooperation project; this system is in operation today on board Italian
and foreign Navies ships.

Considered one of the premier authorities on crystalline-silicon
solar cell technology, processing and manufacturing, Richard M.
Swanson has enabled solar power to become a viable cleanenergy resource. Known for a special ability to bridge
fundamental and applied research and to bring laboratory
concepts to manufacturing more quickly, Dr. Swanson is internationally recognized for both his research and industry
accomplishments. His conceptualization, development and
commercialization of the point-contact silicon solar cell
addressed the challenge of improving efficiencies of converting
solar power to electricity in photovoltaic systems. Dr. Swanson's
invention is a high-efficiency silicon photovoltaic concentrator
cell that uses light-trapping techniques and point-diffused
contacts on the rear surface for collection of current. Dr. Swanson
shepherded his laboratory concept to viable consumer use by
founding SunPower Corporation in 1991 to develop and commercialize cost-effective photovoltaic power systems. Early on,
the company's solar cells helped power Honda Corporation to
victory in the 1993 World Solar Challenge and propelled the
National Aeronautics and Space Administration's high-altitude
solar-powered airplane "Helios" to an altitude of 96,863 feet-a
record for a nonrocket-powered aircraft. Today, SunPower is a
world leader in photovoltaic systems ranging from residential
rooftops to commercial systems to large solar farms. Dr. Swanson
has continued his photovoltaic research and development to
provide a roadmap for future enhancements of silicon solar
technology to further improve conversion efficiencies. An IEEE
Fellow, Dr. Swanson is currently the president and chief technical
officer at SunPower Corporation, San Jose, Calif.

Dr. Farina has been the team leader for developing modern
tracking and data fusion algorithms for 3D radar in operation in
NATO Countries today. He has been a technical leader of
European Community programs on remote sensing with SAR, an
airborne/spaceborne radar system that uses one antenna to
achieve results similar to using a number of parallel antennas for
high resolution remote imaging. Dr. Farina was one of the first to
propose a multiradar tracking system for air-traffic control and
played a key role in designing its algorithms. First implemented
in Italy's air-traffic control system during the early 1980s, the
system is still in operation and has been the basis for modern
systems. He is co-author of Radar Data Processing, which has
been translated into Russian and Chinese. An IEEE Fellow, he is
currently director of the Integrated Systems Analysis Department
at SELEX Sistemi Integrati, Rome, Italy, where he has worked
since 1974.

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