The New EMC Society Award:
Leo L. Beranek Student Travel Grant
Leo L. Beranek

 

 

INTRODUCTION
A new award has been officially approved by the IEEE for the EMC Society! The Technical Activities Board (TAB) of the IEEE approved the new award at its meeting on 12 November 2005 upon the recommendation of the TAB Awards and Recognition Committee (TABARC) from its August meeting. The funding arrangement for the award comes from outside the IEEE and the arrangements were approved by the IEEE Foundation on 18 November 2005.
The award honors Dr. Leo L. Beranek, a pioneer in radio, acoustics, electro-acoustics, data transmission and other IEEE related technical issues. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a founder of Bolt, Beranek, and Newman. His Oral History is available on the IEEE History Center’s catalog of oral histories of electrical engineers.
The Leo L. Beranek Student Travel Grant was presented for the first time, unofficially, at the 2005 IEEE International Symposium on EMC in Chicago. It will be OFFICIALLY awarded for the first time at the 2006 IEEE International Symposium on EMC in Portland, Oregon.
The sponsors of the award hope that more students in the future will be able to come to the IEEE International EMC Symposium and give excellent papers because their travel costs will be covered by this award.

DETAILS ON THE AWARD
Title: Leo L. Beranek Student Travel Grant Award
Description: This Student Travel Grant is to recognize students who are authoring and presenting exceptional papers at the annual IEEE International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC). The award honors Leo L. Beranek, a pioneer in the area of anechoic chambers. It is intended to reward outstanding students in the area of EMC and support their travel to the annual IEEE International Symposium on EMC so they can present their award-winning papers.
Administration: The Student Travel Grant will be administered by the IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Society, the administrative details will be delegated to the EMC Society’s Education and Student Activities Committee. The names of the recipients will be selected by the Education and Student Activities Committee. It is expected that from two to six awardees will be selected each year.
Eligibility: The Student Travel Grant recipients must be scheduled to present their papers at the annual IEEE International Symposium on EMC. The students must have been officially registered for the Symposium.
Prize Items: Student Travel Grants in the amount of $500 to $1000 USD will be presented to the students presenting exceptional papers. The actual cash award will depend upon the number of awardees and the travel costs of the students. A check and a certificate will be given to each student receiving the award.
Funds: The Fund will be established by Constance Brown and James Beranek, family members of Leo L. Beranek. The funds will be deposited with and administered by the IEEE Foundation.
Nominee Solicitation: The availability of the Leo L. Beranek Student Travel Grant will be announced each year by the annual Symposium Committee. In addition, the Education and Student Activities Committee will encourage students to be aware of the Travel Grant through the universities and professors that participate in the committee.
Award Committee: A special sub-committee of the Education and Student Activities Committee will evaluate and judge the papers and name the recipients of the Student Travel Grants. The sub-committee will consist of professors involved with the Education and Student Activities Committee.
Schedule: The Student Travel Grant candidate papers will be reviewed approximately one month before the annual EMC symposium. The decision on the recipients will be made approximately two weeks before the start of the annual EMC Symposium. The awards will be given annually in conjunction with the IEEE International Symposium on EMC.
Selection/Basis for Judging: The criteria will be paper content, its originality, quality, and significance to EMC theory and practice. The subcommittee of the Education and Student Activities Committee will vote on the candidates and their selection will be final.
Award Presentation: The Student Travel Grants will be presented to the students and announced at the EMC Awards function (normally a luncheon on Thursday noon of the symposium week) during the annual IEEE International Symposium on EMC.
Publicity: The recipients of the Leo L. Beranek Anechoic Chamber Student Travel Grant will be publicized in the Annual EMC Symposium Awards Banquet Brochure and the subsequent EMC Society Newsletter.

A Short Biography of Dr. Leo L. Beranek
Leo Beranek was born in 1914 and is still active today in technology fields including radio, acoustics, EMC, data transmission and other related IEEE topics.
He received his BS degree in electrical engineering in 1936 from Cornell College in Iowa and worked for Collins-Rockwell Radio Company in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where he worked on radio transmitters and aircraft navigation equipment. He received his Ph.D from Harvard University in 1940 where he studied radio equipment, crystal oscillators, radio circuits and acoustics. One of his first jointly published papers was entitled “Acoustical Analysis of Sound Decay in Rectangular Rooms” and was published in 1939. His Ph.D. thesis was written on a new apparatus and method for measuring the acoustical properties of materials used for absorbing sound, usually in rooms. His thesis represented a merger of electrical and acoustic technologies. He used a combination of the latest electrical equipment, a newly-designed microphone, and a loudspeaker (newly invented for the purpose) to investigate some of the fundamental principles of acoustic materials.
During the second World War, he was in charge of an “Electro-Acoustic Laboratory” that looked at making the cockpits and other personnel areas of B-17 bombers quieter for the military people flying and manning the guns in the planes. The study then branched into voice communications since the airplanes in WWII were not pressurized and everyone had to wear oxygen masks above 12,000 feet altitude.
He was active in the Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE) and helped form the audio group in the Institute in 1948. He also formed Bolt, Beranek, and Newman in 1948; a consulting firm which originally did acoustical consulting. However, they eventually branched into time-sharing and interconnected computing being the lead firm on the ARPA-net for the government.
Dr. Beranek became a Fellow of the IEEE in 1952 – “For his contributions in research, teaching, and administration in the fields of acoustics and speech communications.”
For more information on the illustrious life of Leo Beranek, visit www.leoberanek.com EMC


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