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In 2021, USNC-URSI created a set of awards that are presented at the National Radio Science Meeting that is held during each year of the URSI General Assembly and Scientific Symposium (GASS). These awards recognize colleagues for their acheivements in several categories:

Chair's Award

The USNC-URSI Chair’s Award honors outstanding contributions to the work and mission of USNC-URSI. One candidate for this award may be nominated by the USNC-URSI Chair during each triennium.

Distinguished Radio Science Award

The USNC-URSI Distinguished Radio Science Award recognizes significant contributions to radio science made throughout an entire career.

Outstanding Educator Award

The USNC-URSI Outstanding Educator Award recognizes outstanding educational career achievement by a distinguished educator in the field of radio science. Criteria for the award include:
• Excellence in teaching
• Effective mentoring
• Curriculum development
• Authorship of course material
• Educational contributions to the profession

Impact Award

The USNC-URSI Impact Award award recognizes an individual or team whose radio science work has made a positive impact on the broader society in areas including diversity, inclusion, outreach in areas relating to radio science, and applications of research with societal benefit.

All are presented with a plaque and (with the exception of the Chair's Award) a monetary award. The following lists the recipients of these awards along with the associated citations, organized by year.


The 2023 USNC-URSI Awards were presented by USNC-URSI Chair, Dr. Michael Newkirk, during the NRSM Plenary Session in January for three of the awardees, and will be presented during the Awards Ceremony at the IEEE AP-S/URSI meeting in July for one.

Chair's Award - Piergiorgio L. E. Uslenghi

For contributions to mentoring radio science students and young scientists, diversity, outreach, inclusion, scholarly work, and impact on the radio science community.

Distinguished Radio Science Award - Raj Mittra

For contributions to analytical and numerical techniques in electromagnetics and to antenna theory and design.
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Outstanding Educator Award - Yahya Rahmat–Samii

For outstanding contributions to development of inspiring methodologies in educating a vast number of students and engineers in modern electromagnetics and communication antennas.

Impact Award - Danilo Erricolo

For transformative societal impact by unparalleled breakthroughs in diversity, inclusion, and outreach as editor and conference chair and outstanding leadership in radio-science research and education.