Education Award

Education Award Committee


Description: To recognize distinguished contributions to education within the field of interest of the IEEE Electron Devices Society

Established:  2005

Prize:  The recipient is awarded a plaque and a check for $2,500.00

Eligibility:  The recipient must be a distinguished educator affiliated with either an academic, industrial or government organization. Factors for consideration include contributions and recognition in such areas as: teaching awards, evaluations by students, curriculum and course development, effectiveness as an educator supported by a list of students who have become recognized for their contributions to electron devices, innovative undergraduate, graduate, industrial and government programs, textbooks, innovative continuing education programs, innovative industrial and government education programs, and participation and contributions to the EDS Distinguished Lecturer program.

Note:  Since this award is solely given for contributions to education, the nomination should exclude emphasis on technical contributions to engineering and physics of electron devices.

Deadline:  September 1st

Presentation:   Presented at the IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM)

Nomination Form:   online nomination form   All endorsement letters should be sent to

Note:  The EDS Education Award cannot be given to a candidate for the same work for which an IEEE Technical Field Award, IEEE Medal, or other society-level award was previously received.



Congratulations to the 2022 IEEE EDS Education Award Winner, Ilesanmi Adesida


Ilesanmi Adesida is an experienced academic administrator and is currently the University Provost at Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan where he oversees the institution’s entire academic and research programs, including innovative strategic initiatives, awarding of research grants as well as overseeing the creation and implementation of quality assurance programs. Prior to his present appointment, he served as the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He also served as the Dean of the College of Engineering and the Director of Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory at UIUC.

Adesida received his BS, MS, and PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He has also worked as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Cornell University and served as the Head of the Electrical Engineering Department at Tafawa Balewa University in Nigeria. During his tenure as a faculty and administrator at UIUC, he was instrumental in creating many programs including the iFoundry for Innovation in Engineering Education, Illinois First-Year Engineering Experience (iFEX), Applied Research Institute, Advanced Digital Systems Center in Singapore, a new Engineering-Based College of Medicine, and the Siebel Center for Design.

As a faculty member, he designed curricula on semiconductor materials, semiconductor devices, and nanofabrication technologies and taught these courses to thousands of electrical engineering and materials science undergraduate and graduate students. In research, he has made important contributions to the science and technology of nanofabrication and high-speed electronic devices. He has authored or co-authored over 350 publications and over 250 conference papers including plenary talks. He has mentored and continues to mentor many students and faculty members including women and underrepresented minority groups. Many of these people have gone all over the world to become successful educators, start-up founders, and excellent academic administrators in top universities.


He has won many awards including the Oakley Kunde Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, and the TMS John Bardeen Award for outstanding contributions to electronic materials. He was named an outstanding graduate of the EECS Department at the University of California, Berkeley. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the IEEE Electron Device Society of which he served as President in 2006/2007. He served as the Chair of the TMS Electronic Materials Committee. He has also served on many academic and industry Advisory Boards all around the world; and he is an elected member of the National Academy for Engineering.



2021 Tsu-Jae King Liu “For outstanding contributions to education in the field of electron devices and achievements on diversity and inclusion”
2020 Valipe Ramgopal Rao "For educational leadership and establishing Nanoelectronics research programs in India
2019   Chennupati Jagadish                   "For distinguished and sustained contributions globally to education, training and mentoring in the field of interest of  the IEEE Electron Devices Society"
2018   Muhammad Ashraful Alam                   "For educating, inspiring and mentoring students and electron device professionals around the world"
2017 Mansun Chan "For pioneering innovative approaches in electronic engineering education"
2016 Hiroshi Iwai "For providing high-quality engineering education for industry and academics worldwide"
2015 Roger Howe “For contributions to mentoring and education in the fields of microelectromechanical systems and nanotechnology”
2014 Juin J. Liou

“For promoting and inspiring global education and learning in the field of electron devices”


Charvaka Duvvury

“For long-standing services in educating and developing engineers and students in the field of Electro-static Discharge (ESD) and its applications for electronic devices”

2012 Jesus A. del Alamo "For pioneering contributions to the development of online laboratories for microelectronics education on a worldwide scale"
2011 Chenming Hu "For distinguished contributions to education and inspiration of students, practicing engineers and future educators in semiconductor devices"
2010 Sorab K. Ghandhi “For pioneering contributions to semiconductor and microelectronics education”
2009 David L. Pulfrey "For conributions to the teaching of semiconductor devices at both the undergraduate and graduate levels."
2008 Robert W. Dutton "For distingushed contributions to all levels of university education in process, device, and circuit simulations for the semiconductor industry."
2007 Meyya Meyyappan "For promoting nanotechnology education to university and high school students"
2006 Mark S. Lundstrom "To recognize distinguished contributions to education within the field of interest of the IEEE Electron Devices Society"

Although the IEEE Electron Devices Society (EDS) is pleased to invite all individuals and groups in the OFAC embargoed countries to submit nominations for IEEE EDS Awards, the IEEE EDS cannot provide any award monies to members from such countries at this time.