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2017 ieee medals

IEEE Richard M. Emberson Award

IEEE Haraden Pratt Award

Sponsored by the IEEE Technical Activities Board

Sponsored by the IEEE Foundation

David A. Hodges

John T. Barr, IV

For effective leadership in advancing
IEEE's goals for excellence in publications, conferences, and awards

For sustained leadership and service
across IEEE and Society levels

A dedicated IEEE volunteer leader, David A. Hodges has never
shied away from making difficult proposals and decisions in trying
to do what's best for IEEE and its members. As chair of the IEEE
Publication Services and Products Board's (PSPB) Joint Products/
Services Committee, Hodges was instrumental in changing the
formula for distributing income among IEEE Societies to reflect
the value of electronic access.With the launch of IEEE's Electronic Library for disseminating publications, Hodges had the vision
to realize that basing revenue on the number of times articles were
accessed was a fairer method than using page counts of printed
publications. He patiently guided the institutional changes needed
to make the new formula a reality. Also while chair of the PSPB,
Hodges led the creation of an open-access journal called IEEE
Access. Launched in 2013, IEEE Access provides a venue for articles
that may not fit the tightly focused scopes of other IEEE publications. Gaining support for the project proved difficult, based on
concerns that its broad scope would cannibalize existing IEEE
publications. Hodges addressed these concerns over many meetings to eventually convince the IEEE Technical Activities Board
(TAB) to approve the launch of the publication. As vice president
of the PSPB, Hodges' visionary leadership helped persuade the
IEEE Board of Directors and TAB to adopt the PSPB's interactive
content project to make IEEE articles accessible on any mobile
or desktop device. The 6-year, US$35-million effort is considered essential to IEEE's competiveness in science and technology
publishing. Hodges also helped streamline the IEEE Awards program as chair of the IEEE Awards Board, retiring awards with few
nominees and spurring the creation of new awards representing
evolving disciplines.
An IEEE Life Fellow and recipient of the 1997 IEEE Education Medal (now the James H. Mulligan, Jr. Education Medal),
Hodges is the Daniel M. Tellep Distinguished Professor Emeritus
at the University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, USA.

With volunteer service spanning the Society level to the IEEE
Board of Directors, John T. Barr, IV has been instrumental in effecting change to make IEEE a better organization. Known for
his honesty and transparency and putting the facts of a situation above anyone's ownership of an idea, Barr's leadership style
has proven invaluable in helping IEEE achieve its goals. As the
IEEE Technical Activities Board (TAB) Periodicals Packages
Committee (2002-2004) chair, Barr led creation of a performance-based algorithm to fairly distribute IEEE Electronic Library (IEL) revenue to Societies based on online readership of
articles, replacing an outdated formula and emphasizing the role
that electronic delivery would play in the technical publishing.
As Finance chair of the IEEE Publications Products and Services
Board (PSPB) (2005-2008), Barr created a product development
funding mechanism for platform enhancements of IEEE Xplore
(IEEE's largest revenue source) by budgeting annually a portion
of IEEE's electronic publishing revenue. This guaranteed development budget helped transform Xplore into the leading database for technical engineering information and helped protect
IEL revenue. As IEEE TAB Treasurer (2009‒2012), Barr led the
development of the first formal IEEE Reserves Policy to set an
appropriate level of reserves needed to ensure that IEEE can survive considering unknown risks while still using its resources to
support its mission. Barr joined the IEEE Board of Directors as
Treasurer (2013‒2014) and implemented the first comprehensive,
multiyear summary of IEEE's infrastructure expenses to provide
a consolidated view of infrastructure including the depreciation
and maintenance costs of IT-related projects. At the Society level,
Barr's contributions to the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) included roles as President (2002), 2006
International Microwave Symposium General Chair, and 2012
Radio & Wireless Week General Chair.
An IEEE Life Fellow and recipient of the 2013 IEEE MTT-S
N. Walter Cox Award, Barr was a Research and Development
Manager/Director (retired) with Agilent Technologies/HewlettPackard, Santa Rosa, CA, USA.

Scope: For distinguished service advancing the technical objectives
of the IEEE.

Scope: For outstanding volunteer service to the IEEE.

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