Celebrate Excellence

2014 ACE Awards Categories

COMPANY OF THE YEAR

This award celebrates the company that exhibits the highest degree of professionalism, staff development and retention, customer focus, technical excellence and profitable growth - a true leader in the electronics sector.

EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR

This award goes to an individual who brought leadership, technological and fiscal vision to a company, organization or company division during a calendar year.

DESIGN TEAM OF THE YEAR

This award goes to a group of innovators whose collaborative efforts made a significant contribution to the furtherance of technology and whose project management abilities were creative, efficient and inspiring.

INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR

True innovators originate forward-thinking concepts to instigate improvement. This award goes to the individual who brought leadership, creativity and out-of-the-box thinking to technology, a product or business.

OPEN SOURCE HARDWARE PLATFORM OR APPLICATION OF THE YEAR

More and more professional engineers are discovering that OSHW is an essential tool for quick prototyping, characterizing and testing peripherals, and beyond. This award recognizes a new OSHW platform OR an end user device based on an OSHW platform.

INTERNET OF THINGS TECHNOLOGY, SERVICE, OR END APPLICATION OF THE YEAR

The coming Internet of Things (IoT) is quite possibly the biggest change that will impact electronics design engineers over the next decade as standalone embedded systems evolve into massive networks of devices that deliver unprecedented amounts of data over the Internet. This award recognizes a new technology, service, or end application that is helping to bring the IoT closer to reality today.

MARKETING TEAM OF THE YEAR

Behind every design is an engineering team dependent upon good marketing practices to have their story told and heard above the noise. This award goes to the marketing team or effort that has shown a high degree of success in getting those stories told through a combination of solid execution of strategy, creativity, and use of social, content or other marketing or community practices.

STEM Impact Award, presented by the ECIA Foundation

This award celebrates an individual or company that demonstrates a commitment to inspire and engage young people to be science and technology leaders. Nominations are limited to companies and employees of companies in the electronics industry. Finalists will be chosen by the ECIA and posted to EE Times and EDN. The winner will be chosen by the community.

START UP OF THE YEAR

This award goes to a venture capital (or otherwise pre-IPO financed) start-up (defined as being under three years in business) electronics ecosystem (IC, device, software or system) company that demonstrates excellence in business development and/or technology development processes with the potential to become a technical or market leader in its realm of the global electronics industry.

ENERGY TECHNOLOGY AWARD

A significant portion of the electronics industry has begun the historic shift from information to energy technology. This trend will help sustain and expand several industry sectors. Our Energy Technology Award recognizes those companies that have made the most significant contribution to this shift through the introduction of new concepts and products that help conserve energy or create new energy sources.

ULTIMATE PRODUCTS

What are the hottest products of the year? A combination of editorial selection and community engagement with that product write-up online will determine the winner for each category. The categories are:

  • Analog IC's
  • Sensors
  • Power
  • Software
  • Test and Measurement Systems and Boards
  • Processors (FPGAs, MCUs, Microprocessors)
  • Logic/Interface/Memory
  • Reference Designs
  • Development Kits
  • Passives, Interconnects and Electromechanical
  • Wireless/RF
  • LED's and Lighting

Jim Williams CONTRIBUTOR OF THE YEAR

The Contributor of the Year award will be awarded to the engineer who has contributed most significantly to the advancement of knowledge in the field of engineering and design through their own bylined feature articles.
* Nominations are not accepted for this award category

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

The award goes to an individual whose contributions over a long career in electronics have had a demonstrable impact on technological, business and cultural advancements in the world.
* Nominations are not accepted for this award category

IEEE AWARD CATEGORIES

IEEE Spectrum Technology in the Service of Society

IEEE Spectrum Emerging Technology Award

* Nominations are not accepted for this award category
For more information on the IEEE Awards contact Blanche McGurr
Group Marketing Manager, IEEE Spectrum Magazine/IEEE Media
(212)419-7579 b.mcgurr@ieee.org