MTT-S Awards Banquet
Wednesday, 7 June 2017
Location: Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort, Coral Ballroom, Salons 3-5
Time: 18:30-21:30

Recognizing IMS2017 Student Paper Competition Finalists, MTT-S Graduate Fellowship Recipients, MTT-S Undergraduate/Pre-Graduate Scholarship Recipients, and newly elevated IEEE Fellows, the MTT-S Awards Banquet program also includes dinner, entertainment, and technical and service awards presented by the MTT-S Awards Committee.


Click here to view the 2017 Awards Banquet booklet.


Please join us in congratulating this year's award winners!


Award Title

Award Recipient and Description

Honorary Life Member

John Barr IV

Recognizes an individual of national and international prominence, who has performed outstanding service to the profession and the Society, whose contributions, technical or otherwise, have made an important impact in the field of interest of the Society, who has been an elected member of the Administrative Committee, an MTT-S member for at least 10 years, and has been elected IEEE Fellow.

Microwave Career Award

Robert Trew

Recognizes a career of meritorious achievement and outstanding technical contribution by an individual in the field of microwave theory and techniques.

Distinguished Service Award

John Barr IV

Recognizes an individual who has given outstanding service for the benefit and advancement of the MTT-S.

Distinguished Educator Award

Umesh K. Mishra

Recognizes a distinguished educator in the field of microwave engineering and science who best exemplifies the special human qualities of Fred Rosenbaum, who considered teaching a high calling and demonstrated his dedication to the Society through tireless service.

Microwave Pioneer Award

C. P. Wen

Recognizes an individual or team, not exceeding three persons, having made outstanding pioneering technical contributions that advance microwave theory and techniques, which are described in an archival paper published at least 20 years prior to the year of the award.

Microwave Application Award

Anand Gopinath

Recognizes an individual or team of no more than five individuals for an outstanding application of microwave theory and techniques.

Outstanding Young Engineer Award

Dietmar Kissinger and Hua Wang

Recognizes an outstanding young MTT-S member who has distinguished him/herself through achievement(s), which may be technical (within the MTT-S Field of Interest), may be exemplary service to the MTT-S, or may be a combination of both.

Microwave Prize

Konstantin Statnikov, Janusz Grzyb, Bernd Heinemann, and Ullrich R. Pfeiffer, for their paper entitled: “160-GHz to 1-THz Multi-Color Active Imaging With a Lens-Coupled SiGe HBT Chip-Set,” IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, vol. 63, no. 2, pp. 520–532, Feb. 2015.

Recognizes, on an annual basis, the most significant contribution by a published paper to the field of interest of the MTT-S.

MWCL “Tatsuo Itoh” Award

Cheng Guo, Xiaobang Shang, Michael J. Lancaster, and Jun Xu for their paper entitled: “A 3-D Printed Lightweight X-Band Waveguide Filter Based on Spherical Resonators,” IEEE Microwave and Wireless Components Letters, vol. 25, no. 7, pp. 442-444, Jul. 2015.

Recognizes, on an annual basis, the most significant contribution in a paper published in the IEEE Microwave and Wireless Component Letters in the year preceding the award.



Evening Entertainment -- Taimane Gardner

Taimane first started playing the ukulele at the tender age of five and won her first talent contest at age six. Interestingly, she developed her extraordinary skills by performing on the streets of Waikiki at age 11 to help raise money for the homeless.

Taimane polished her skills while performing with the legendary Don Ho starting at 14 years of age. He took Taimane under his wing and gently helped her until she glowed with self confidence and learned what real entertaining is all about, "aloha." Taimane has performed in Las Vegas, Palm Springs and numerous locations with the Don Ho Show. She also toured the West Coast and Japan promoting the Hawaiian Islands

Many people have described Taimane as the "Female Carlos Santana". One member of an audience said simply, "She is nimble, fast, and precise, she's unbelievable, her singing balances her ukulele beautifully." A local writer described her style of playing as "a controlled frenzy" on her fast songs, "gentle artistry" on her slow songs. Taimane calls it "playing with aloha". Whatever it is .......her technique is awesome and she has created her own special, unique style. One of her songs entitled "Led Zepplin Meets Beethoven" displays an uncanny ability to blend classic contemporary songs with classical music. Perhaps her best quality is her on-stage presence. She commands the attention of the crowd as she gracefully and with tremendous energy moves to every corner of the stage. Her charisma creates a bond with everyone who sees her perform. As one fan stated, "you can tell that Taimane loves what she's doing, you can see it in her face."