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I E E E

S E R V I C E

AWA R D S

2012 IEEE
Richard M. Emberson Award

2012 IEEE
Haraden Pratt Award

Sponsored by the IEEE Technical Activities Board

Sponsored by the IEEE Foundation

Hugh Rudnick

Bruce A. Eisenstein

For leadership in effectively improving the operation,
structure, and finances of the Technical Activities Board
and for contributions to IEEE

For leadership in making IEEE a truly global organization

Bruce A. Eisenstein's vision and tenacity as an IEEE volunteer
leader has led to the adoption of policies that have made IEEE a
stronger organization both financially and in the services offered
to its members. Dr. Eisenstein has held practically every key
position within the organization, including IEEE President. One
of his most important contributions was his role as IEEE Treasurer
in creating a new IEEE financial model. With a budget that was
reliant on investment returns, IEEE faced a near crisis during the
decline of the U.S. stock market in 2001. Dr. Eisenstein provided
a voice of reason amid divisiveness among membership
regarding how to fix the old model and approve the 2002
budget. With his guidance, IEEE emerged from danger with
minimal damage, a new budget, and a strong financial model for
the future. Dr. Eisenstein's leadership as Technical Activities
Board Chair was important to gaining support for the IEEE
Electronic Library (IEL). The IEL's delivery platform (IEEE Xplore)
was launched in May 2000 during his presidency. IEL has become
the best collection of information in IEEE's fields of interest, a
valuable tool for members, and an important source of income
for IEEE. Dr. Eisenstein introduced the idea for the IEEE Third
Millennium Medal awards during his term as IEEE PresidentElect in 1999. He streamlined IEEE bylaws, policies, and
procedures. He significantly impacted how IEEE elects its leadership, resulting in a more democratic and open process. He
was also instrumental in facilitating the merger of IEEE and the
Eta Kappa Nu engineering honor society for students in 2009.

Hugh Rudnick has worked at all levels within IEEE to improve
the value of IEEE membership and extend the benefits of technology throughout the world. His work has especially benefitted
members in IEEE Region 9 (Latin America and the Caribbean).
He began to make an impact as president of the IEEE Chile
Section in 1982, when membership doubled and the Section's
first technical chapters were founded (Computer Chapter and
Power Engineering Chapter). As director of Region 9 (2002-
2003), Dr. Rudnick instituted a Spanish/Portuguese electronic
technical publication that became a recognized periodical
indexed by the ISI Web of Knowledge. Besides creating regional
technical products, he also established a regional robotics competition that attracts international participants. An expert on
electric power systems and power deregulation, Dr. Rudnick, a
member of the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES), instituted
his vision for a "global PES" while serving on the Society's
governing board (1996-2003). With his support, PES held its
first annual general meetings outside of North America. As a
PES Distinguished Lecturer, Dr. Rudnick has traveled extensively
to local IEEE Chapters worldwide to deliver technology updates
and strengthen the bond between Chapters and the Society. He
has also made important contributions to IEEE Power and
Energy Magazine as a member of its editorial board.
An IEEE Fellow, Dr. Rudnick is currently a professor with the
Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago, where he has
worked since 1974.

An IEEE Life Fellow, Dr. Eisenstein is currently the Vice Dean of
Engineering and the Arthur J. Rowland Professor of Electrical and
Computer Engineering at Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pa.

Scope: For outstanding service to IEEE

Scope: For distinguished service to the development, viability,
advancement, and pursuit of the technical objectives of IEEE

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