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2018 ieee medals

IEEE Medal in Power Engineering

IEEE Dennis J. Picard Medal for
Radar Technologies and Applications

Sponsored by the IEEE Industry Applications,
Industrial Electronics, Power Electronics, and
Power & Energy Societies

Sponsored by Raytheon Company

Mark E. Davis

Hirofumi Akagi

For technical contributions to advanced
aerospace multifunction microwave and
foliage penetration radars, and for leadership within the radar community

For pioneering contributions to theory
and practice of power conversion
systems and their applications

Both a technical innovator and manager of some of the most advanced radar systems ever conceived, developed, and deployed,
Mark E. Davis has established a sustained history of outstanding and
pioneering contributions to radar systems, radar phenomenology,
and radar signal processing. Davis led the team that developed a
new generation of airborne microwave radars known as modular
survivable radar (MSR), utilizing emerging technologies of monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMIC) and very-large-scale
integrated circuits (VLSI). A breakthrough in radar surveillance
technology, MSR provided novel, multimode features that were
vastly superior to competitive systems, such as achieving an order
of magnitude improvement in mission reliability; performing multimode, simultaneous detection; and tracking of ground targets by
employing ten independent sum and difference beams. It also enabled real-time synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and ground moving
target indication (GMTI) radar mode operation. Responsible for
the U.S. Air Force Science and Technology Plan for Space Based
Radar (SBR) development, Davis transformed the SBR community from a collection of scientists into a team of specialists who develop state-of-the-art technology for the United States and its allies.
He was also instrumental to the U.S. Defense Advanced Research
Projects Agency (DARPA) Mountain Top Radar Program, which
involved the collection of measured data for validating radar spacetime adaptive processing (STAP) techniques. His contributions to
industry include the development of critical electronic components
and signal processing technologies that were ahead of their time,
leading to highly sophisticated, advanced, multifunction radar technology for improved GMTI and real-time SAR capabilities. Davis'
more recent activities include pioneering work on advancing foliage penetration (FOPEN) radar systems for improved detection and
characterization of objects hidden by dense foliage. Davis authored
the textbook Foliage Penetration Radar: Detection and Characterisation of Objects Under Trees (2011) and has been the IEEE Aerospace Electronics Systems Society's distinguished lecturer on foliage
penetration and ultra-wideband radar since 2012.
An IEEE Life Fellow and recipient of the 2011 Warren D.
White Award for Excellence in Radar Engineering, Davis is an
international consultant through medavis consulting, Prospect,

One of the most prolific contributors to increasing the use of
power electronics to benefit power systems, Hirofumi Akagi's pioneering work on power conversion techniques has led to energysaving applications in industrial and residential systems and has
been integral to advances in renewable energy systems, electric/
hybrid vehicles, and energy storage. Akagi presented the first paper on the theory of instantaneous active and reactive power in
three-phase circuits. Known as "p-q theory," Akagi applied it to
a three-phase reactive power compensator consisting of switching devices without any bulky energy storage component. He
also experimentally verified innovative operating characteristics
that had until then been impossible to obtain through the application of conventional reactive-power theory in single-phase
circuits. Considered a fundamental theory for three-phase circuits,
Akagi's p-q theory has allowed students and power engineers to
gain insight into the instantaneous concept of voltage, current,
active power, and reactive power. It has provided breakthroughs
in the control of static synchronous compensators and unified
power flow controllers in high-voltage transmission systems, as
well as pure and hybrid active filters. Akagi's work on developing the three-level neutral-point-clamped (NPC) inverter has impacted high-power converters for medium-voltage motor drives
and grid-tied applications. Marking the beginning of multilevel
converter technology, the NPC concept has been used around
the world in photovoltaic inverters, general-purpose inverters,
steel mill drives, and bullet trains. Akagi has tackled the detrimental effects of electromagnetic interference (EMI) encountered
in power conversion systems with innovative research leading to
active and passive filters for reducing conductive EMI and bearing current in motor-drive systems. Akagi is also well known for
his innovations regarding pure and hybrid active filters for power
An IEEE Fellow and recipient of the 2008 IEEE Richard H.
Kaufmann Award, Akagi is a Distinguished Research Professor
with the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at
the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan.

Scope: For outstanding accomplishments in advancing the fields
of radar technologies and their applications.

Scope: For outstanding contributions to the technology associated
with the generation, transmission, distribution, application and
utilization of electric power for the betterment of society.

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