Society Awards

EMBS sponsors twelve (12) Awards of member recognition for technical and professional excellence, service to the society, local activities, publications and student papers. Nominations for these awards are accepted annually in January, Award Recipients are announced in April and the awards are presented at the Society’s Annual International Conference.  Nominations and Selection are made according to the EMBS Awards Nomination and Selection Procedure

Nominations for the 2019 EMBS Awards are now open.

New Policy Regarding ExCom Members
New policy in place of a 3-year moratorium for ExCom members. Adcom members are eligible to be nominated. Click here to see the current ExCom members. Based on the current ExCom makeup:

  • Eligible in 2019: Barb Oakley
  • Eligible in 2020: Walt Besio, Paolo Bonato, Jose Principe
  • Eligible in 2021 or later: Andrew Laine, Michael Khoo, Nigel Lovell, other current ExCom members

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Engineering Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) Awards Nomination and Selection Procedure

EMBS has a well-established Awards Program to recognize outstanding contributions and achievements in the field of Biomedical Engineering. There are two committees established to handle the EMBS Awards Program: the Member Recognition Committee and Awards Committee.

The Member Recognition Committee is charged with the responsibility of: a) identifying worthy candidates for various Society Awards, and b) providing assistance to nominators for preparation of quality nominations that accurately reflect the nominees’ achievements. The Member Recognition Committee will seek nominators for identified candidates and help prepare the corresponding nomination packages.

The Awards Committee is charged with the responsibility of evaluating all the submitted nominations and selecting recipients for the Society Awards for approval by the EMBS AdCom. Members of the Awards Committee cannot participate in any nomination as a nominator or referee.

Questions about the Awards nomination and selection process should be directed to the EMBS Executive Office (Michael Markowycz, m.markowycz@ieee.org).


Academic Career Achievement Award

Academic Career Achievement Award Information (PDF)

(Honorarium $2,500 USD/Travel Reimbursement up to $1,500 USD for each award)

For outstanding contribution and achievement in the field of Biomedical Engineering as an educator, researcher, developer, or administrator who has had a distinguished career of twenty years or more in the field of biomedical engineering.  Accomplishments may be technological or theoretical and need not have preceded the award date by any specific period of time.


Professional Career Achievement Award

Professional Career Achievement Award Information (PDF)
(Honorarium $2,500 USD/Travel Reimbursement up to $1,500 USD for each award)

For outstanding contributions advancing Biomedical Engineering and its professional practices as a practicing biomedical engineer working in industry, government or other applied areas related to biomedical engineering. Accomplishments include, but are limited to, technological advances, improvements in processes, or development of new products or procedures, and need not have preceded the award date by any specified period of time.


Early Career Achievement Award

Early Career Achievement Award Information (PDF)
(Honorarium $1,000 USD/Travel Reimbursement up to $1,500 USD)

For significant contributions to the field of biomedical engineering as evidenced by innovative research design, product development, patents, and/or publications made by an individual who is within 10 years of completing their highest degree at the time of the nomination.


Distinguished Service Award

Distinguished Service Award Information (PDF)
(Honorarium $1,000 USD/Travel Reimbursement up to $1,500 USD)

For outstanding service and contributions to the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Accomplishments should be related to direct Society service and need not have preceded the award date by any specific period of time.


Technical Achievement Awards

Technical Achievement Awards Information (PDF)
(Honorarium $1,500 USD/Travel Reimbursement up to $1,500 USD for each of the five awardees)

EMBS has established the Technical Awards to recognize outstanding achievements, contributions, and/or innovations in any area of bioengineering by an individual or group of individuals. Up to five awardees will be selected each year.


IEEE EMBS Award for Excellence in Biomedical Technology

IEEE EMBS Award for Excellence in Biomedical Technology Information (PDF)
In memoriam of William J. Morlock
(Honorarium $3,000 USD/Travel Reimbursement up to $2,000 USD)

The William J. Morlock Award was established in 1960 by the family of William J. Morlock to give recognition to a qualified person with an original contribution involving important application of electronics techniques and concepts to the solution of biomedical problems. The Award is presented every two years, with the most recent presentation having been made in 2015.


IEEE Medals, Technical Field Awards, and Recognitions

The IEEE Awards Board (AB) administers the highest medals, awards, and recognitions presented by IEEE. Through its Awards Program, IEEE advances the interests of its members by recognizing their contributions in advancing the fields of interest to IEEE to the benefit of society. By this means, the image and prestige of the organization, its members, and the profession are all enhanced. The IEEE Awards Program honors members and other professionals for their service to society.

For nearly a century, the IEEE Awards Program has paid tribute to technologists who have impacted technology, society, and the engineering profession. Nominate a colleague for one of IEEE’s most prestigious honors. Nominations are due annually on 1 July for IEEE Medals and Recognitions and 31 January for IEEE Technical Field Awards. View all IEEE Medals, Technical Field Awards, and Recognitions

Awards of particular interest to IEEE EMBS Members:

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