Technical Achievement Award


A recognition plaque.

Basis For Judging

The award will recognize members of the Communication Theory Technical Committee (CTTC) of the IEEE Communications Society who have been involved with CTTC, have done outstanding work in communication theory, and have achieved a high degree of visibility in the field.


Annually, at GLOBECOM, or by request the Communication Theory Workshop or ICC. No more than two awards will be given per year.


Nomination packages consist of a one-page nominating statement by the individual nominating the candidate, the candidate’s curriculum vitae, and up to three letters of support (each no longer than a page). All documents should be combined into a single pdf file. The nomination package can be submitted here. For 2023, nominations are due on September 1, 2023. Current CTTC Awards Committee members and CTTC leadership (chair, vice-chair, and secretary) cannot be nominated.

The nominations form is closed.

Past Recipients

2023 CTTC Technical Achievement Awards
Giuseppe Caire for wide-ranging contributions to wireless communications.

2022 CTTC Technical Achievement Awards
Robert Heath for Contributions to MIMO Communication Theory.

2021 CTTC Technical Achievement Awards
Leonard Cimini
for contributions to OFDM for wireless communications and MIMO radar.

2020 CTTC Technical Achievement Awards
Aylin Yener
for contributions to physical layer security and energy harvesting communication systems.

2019 CTTC Technical Achievement Awards
Mohamed-Slim Alouini
for the development of performance evaluation techniques for wireless communication systems.

2018 CTTC Technical Achievement Awards
Elza Erkip
for contributions to the theory and practical design of cooperative and MIMO communications.

2017 CTTC Technical Achievement Awards
Behnaam Aazhang for consistent, fundamental contributions to multiuser communication theory for wireless network.
Michael B. Pursley for outstanding contributions to spread spectrum communications in general, and to CDMA in particular.

2016 CTTC Technical Achievement Award
Jack Winters for pioneering contributions on the use of antenna arrays in wireless communications.

2015 CTTC Technical Achievement Award
John Proakis for pioneering contributions to and exceptional textbooks in digital communication theory.

2014 CTTC Technical Achievement Award
Reinaldo Valenzuela for fundamental work on wireless channel modeling and MIMO communication systems.
Norman Beaulieu for fundamental work on the analysis of fading channels and diversity systems.

2013 CTTC Technical Achievement Award
Andrea Goldsmith for contributions to the analysis of fundamental performance limits for wireless channels and networks.

2012 CTTC Technical Achievement Award
Laurence B. Milstein for fundamental work on spread spectrum communication.

2011 CTTC Technical Achievement Award
Sergio Benedetto for fundamental contributions to the analysis and design of turbo codes.

2010 CTTC Technical Achievement Award
Gerard J. Foschini
 for pioneering work on multiple input multiple output wireless communication.
Dariush Divsalar for pioneering work on modulation theory, error-correcting codes, and iterative decoding.