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LETTER FROM THE IEEE PRESIDENT AND AWARDS BOARD CHAIR

Dear IEEE Members, Honorees, Colleagues, and Friends:
Usually at this time every year, we would gather together to hear talks during the day at the IEEE Vision, Innovation,
and Challenges (IEEE VIC) Summit from technologists working on cutting-edge projects in industry and academia.
In the evening, we would gather to celebrate and marvel at the presentation of IEEE's highest awards during the
IEEE Honors Ceremony. Due to continued COVID-19 restrictions, this year's event is a virtual one spanning three
half-days and featuring a mix of speakers, panel discussions, and award presentations.
This event is a true celebration of the contributions of some of the greatest minds of our time who have made a
lasting impact on society. This year we are presenting a new medal for the first time-the IEEE Mildred Dresselhaus
Medal, named in honor of the late Institute Professor and Professor Emerita of physics and electrical engineering
at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mildred Dresselhaus. Known as the " queen of carbon science "
based on her life-long research into the properties of graphite and carbon-based materials, Dr. Dresselhaus
paved the way for the rise of nanotechnology and blazed a path for women in science and engineering. This first
presentation of the Dresselhaus Medal is a good example of the Award Program's continued efforts to ensure that
everyone's contributions are valued. Mildred was the first female recipient of the IEEE Medal of Honor in 2015,
and now a medal has been added to the Awards Program's portfolio in her honor.
We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to our generous awards sponsors, without whom these award
presentations would not be possible. We would also like to thank all of the nominators, endorsers, volunteers,
and professional staff for their dedication to making our Awards Program, along with the annual IEEE VIC Summit
and Honors Ceremony, such a success. In addition, we would like to acknowledge all of this year's well-qualified
nominees. Each year, these awards-the highest presented on behalf of the IEEE Board of Directors-are given
to a diverse array of engineers, technologists, scientists, and practitioners who truly exemplify the mission of the
IEEE of advancing technology for the benefit of humanity.
Thank you all for joining us as we celebrate these visionaries, leaders, and legends-our members and
colleagues-whose achievements serve as an inspiration to the next generation of technologists.

Susan K. (Kathy) Land,
2021 IEEE President and CEO

Karen Panetta,
2021 IEEE Awards Board Chair

IEEE Awards Program Diversity Statement

IEEE awards recognize exceptional contributions to all IEEE fields of interest (technical and nontechnical) made by organizations
and individuals regardless of nationality, gender, age, religion, ethnic background, or other personal characteristics not
related to ability, performance, or qualifications. The IEEE Awards Program is committed to pursuing diversity in all its
operations to help realize and maintain fair nomination and selection processes without bias or discrimination.

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