Awards

PCS Awards

We recognize professional achievements and contributions to our profession and society by presenting these annual awards:

The Alfred N. Goldsmith Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Communication

The Alfred N. Goldsmith Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Communication Award has been given by IEEE PCS since 1975. Dr. Goldsmith, who held a lifetime appointment as associate professor of electrical engineering at CCNY and was the first director of research, then vice president and general manager of engineering at RCA, was one of the founders of the Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE) in 1912. From 1912 to 1954, he was editor of the IRE Proceedings. He was a sponsor and patron of the formation of the IRE Professional Group on Engineering Writing and Speech, forerunner of PCS.

Award Criteria

Nominees for the Goldsmith Award should have received distinction in the field of engineering communication as evidenced by a significant reputation in a field associated with engineering communication as well as one or more of the following:

  • Scholarly publications in the field
  • Presentations on engineering communication at conferences of engineers or technical and professional communicators
  • Innovations that have advanced the practice of engineering communication
  • Unusual achievement as a practitioner of engineering communication

 

Although there is no strict requirement for length of career, candidates with less than 15 years experience in engineering communication are not likely to be selected for this honor. Current members of the AdCom are not eligible for the Goldsmith Award.

Alfred N. Goldsmith Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Communication winners:

year name year name
2013 Engineers Without Borders U.S.A. 2014 Dorothy Winsor
2011 Jimmie Killingsworth 2012 Charles Kostelnick
2009 2010
2007 2008 Katherine Hayhoe
(for Int’l Panel on Climate Change)
2005 Patricia Wright 2006 Raymond Kurzweil
2003 William Horton 2004 John Carrol
2001 Janice C. Redish 2002 Edward Tufte
1999 Ulf-L Andersson 2000 JoAnn Hackos
1997 Robert Krull 1998 Stephanie Rosenbaum
1995 Cheryl Reimold 1996 David Nadziejka
1993 Scott Sanders 1994 Michael Goodman
1991 Deborah Flaherty Kizer 1992 William Kehoe
1989 Joan Nagle 1990 Herbert Michaelson
1987 Lacy Martin 1988 Roger Grice
1985 Daniel Rosich 1986 James Hill
1983 Richard Robinson 1984 Lois Moore
1981 Bertrand Perlman 1982
1979 Eric Openshaw Taylor 1980 Rudy Joenk
1977 John Phillips 1978 Emily Schlesinger
1975 Jim Lufkin 1976 Ron Blicq

 

The Emily K. Schlesinger Award for Outstanding Service to the Professional Communication Society

In 1995, the Society added to its award program a second honor, the Emily K. Schlesinger Award for Outstanding Service to the Professional Communication Society. A member of PCS since 1964 and Senior Member of IEEE, Dr. Schlesinger was president of the Society in 1976 and 1977. During that time, she regularized publication of the PCS Transactions and, when she could find no one to edit the Newsletter, took on the job herself, producing some 80 pages annually.

On a personal trip to Europe and Great Britain, she met with professional communication people in London and Paris, thus widening the sphere of the Society to include those who communicate in English as a second language. We now have many members, and several chapters, outside the United States. She helped the PCS education committee to launch home study, conference, and workshop writing courses.

Award Criteria:

Nominees for the Schlesinger Award should have provided outstanding service to the Society as evidenced by one of the following:

  • Exceptional performance in one significant Society leadership role
  • Distinguished performance in a variety of roles within the Society over a period of time.

 

In no case should the winner of the Schlesinger Award be selected simply because he or she has completed a term as Society president, chair of a conference, or some other position.

The winner of the Schlesinger award has historically been a member of the AdCom, but AdCom membership is not a requirement to be selected for this honor.

Although there is no strict requirement for length of PCS service, those with less than 5 years of service are not likely to be selected for this honor.

Emily K. Schlesinger Award for Outstanding Service to the Professional Communication Society winners:

year name year name
2013 Tom Orr 2014 Bernadette Longo
2011 2012 Muriel Zimmerman
2009 Brian Still 2010 Kirk St. Amant
2007 Kim Sydow Campbell 2008 Steve Robinson
2005 Marjorie T. Davis 2006 Helen Grady
2003 Luke Maki 2004 Beth Weise Moeller
2001 William P. Kehoe 2002 George Hayhoe
1999 Rudy Joenk 2000 Henrich S. Lantsberg
1997 Ron Blicq 1998 Mark Haselkorn
1995 David Kemp 1996 Stephanie Rosenbaum

 

The Rudolph J. Joenk, Jr. Award for Best Paper in the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication

The Rudolph J. Joenk, Jr. Award recognizes an outstanding article published in the preceding year’s IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication. The winner is selected by the PCS Editorial Advisory Committee.

The Best Paper Award was proposed at an AdCom meeting in 1975 by Charles A. Meyer, then chair of the awards committee and earlier (1965-66) president of the society. In 2000, the AdCom voted to re-name the Best Paper Award for Rudolph J. Joenk, Jr., to acknowledge and honor his extraordinary contributions to the Transactions. Dr. Joenk served as editor of the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication for eight years, beginning in 1977. In his term as editor he revived the publication from a dwindling two issues in 1976 to a reliable set of quarterly issues in 1984 that are still growing in size and strength. Through his outstanding editorial work, he established high standards for a journal that is now a central information resource in the field of engineering communication.

The Rudolph J. Joenk, Jr. Award for Best Paper in the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication winners:

year name year name
2013 Menno de Jong, Sanne Elling, Leo Lentz 2014 Karin Siebenhandl, Günther Schreder, Michael Smuc, Eva Mayr, Manuel Nagl
2011 Ginny Redish 2012 Suguru Ishizaki
2009 James Melton 2010 Z. Guo, J. D’Ambra, T.Turner, H.Zhang
2007 Andrew Dillon, Arijit Sengupta 2008 Paul Lowry, Sean Humphreys, Jason Malwitz, Joshua Nix
2005 Starr Roxanne Hiltz, Nancy W. Coppola, Naomi G. Rotter 2006 Nancy W. Coppola, Norbert Elliott
2003 Antoon van Luxemburg, Han Ulijn, Nicole Amare 2004 Jake Burkey, William Kuechler
2001 Ann S. Jennings 2002 Fatemah Zahedi, William Van Pelt, Jaeki Song
1999 Susan M. Katz 2000 Michael A. Bridgwood
1997 Hans van der Meij 1998 (tie) Robert Krull/ Leo Lentz and Menno de Jong
1995 Rod McIntosh Shand 1996 Charles Kostelnick
1981 Janan Al-Awar, Alphonse Chapanis, and W. Randolph Ford

 

The Ronald S. Blicq Award for Distinction in Technical Communication Education

The Ronald S. Blicq Award for Distinction in Technical Communication Education was proposed by the AdCom and approved by IEEE Awards and Recognition Committee in 2000. The Blicq Award recognizes innovative educators who have influenced the ways that technical communication is taught–in pre-college settings, in undergraduate and graduate university degree programs, and in professional life through workshops and seminars.

In naming the new award for Ron Blicq, PCS acknowledges his extraordinary impact on technical communication education at all levels. In courses offered through IEEE and PCS as well as university programs and independent workshops, he has helped engineers to improve their communication skills. Through his textbooks, videos, and workshops, he has also taught several generations of technical communication faculty to design practical and motivating communication courses for technical students. Ron Blicq has been a member of IEEE and PCS since 1958 (they were then the Institute for Radio Engineers and the Professional Group on Engineering Writing and Speech), and he has been developing and teaching courses for the IEEE and PCS since 1974.

Award Criteria:

Nominees for the Blicq Award should have achieved distinction in technical communication education as evidenced by a significant reputation as an educator in technical and professional communication as well as one or more of the following:

  • Scholarly publications on technical and professional communication or technical and professional communication pedagogy
  • Presentations on technical and professional communication or technical and professional communication pedagogy at conferences
  • Achievements in technical and professional communication pedagogy
  • Innovations in technical and professional communication curricula

 

Although there is no strict requirement for length of career, candidates with less than 15 years experience in technical communication education (both in colleges/universities and in industry) are not likely to be selected for this honor.

Current members of the AdCom are not eligible for the Blicq Award.

The Ronald S. Blicq Award for Distinction in Technical Communication Education winners:

year name year name
2013 Carol Barnum 2014 Michael Alley
2011 Judith Ramey 2012 Kirk St. Amant
2009 2010 tekom
2007 Marjorie T. Davis 2008 Jan H. Spyridakis
2005 Sherry G. Southard 2006 Michael Steehouder
2003 Dan Jones 2004 Thomas Pearsall
2001 Ann A. Laster 2002 Mary Lay

 

James M. Lufkin Award for Best IPCC Paper

The James M. Lufkin Award recognizes the best conference paper submitted to IPCC Proceedings. The winner is selected by the IPCC Conference Committee in consultation with the PCS Awards Committee.

The award was re-named for James M. Lufkin in 2008. James M. Lufkin served multiple terms on the PCS AdCom and multiple terms as Society President. In 1975, he received PCS’s first Alfred N. Goldsmith Award for outstanding achievement in technical communication, and he was awarded an IEEE Millennium Medal in 2000. The achievement we particularly honor in naming the best conference award for him is his core role in chairing a series of conferences (1973, 1975, 1977) on the future of scientific journals.

year name year name
2013 Alan Chong 2014 Richard House, Richard Layton, Jessica Layton, Sean Mosley
2011 Judith Ramey, Priya Guruprakash-Rao 2012 Jon Leydens
2009 Suguru Ishizaki 2010 Matthew McCool
2007 Mark Melenhorst, Mark van Setten 2008 Jeffry Rice

 

Hayhoe Fellow Award

The Hayhoe Fellow is given to a graduate student who has submitted a conference paper that will be presented at the annual International Professional Communication Conference. The award, named for longtime PCS member George Hayhoe, provides support to the student to defray conference attendance costs. Consideration is given to all graduate-level students who submit a paper, and the selection is based on input from the paper reviewers, the conference program committee, and the conference chair.

The Hayhoe Fellow Award was established in 2012 to acknowledge the activities of Dr. George Hayhoe, a longtime PCS member, member of the PCS Advisory Committee, and former president of PCS. Dr. Hayhoe’s contributions to the society are numerous, but his legacy is best represented in supporting the next generation of technical communicators who can benefit from the experience of the IPCC.

year name year name
2013 Maria José Herrera 2014 Melissa Clarkson

 

IEEE Third Millenium Medals

Ron Blicq
Roger Grice
Rudy Joenk
Bill Kehoe
James Lufkin
Herb Michaelson
Joan Nagle
Richie Robinson
Stephanie Rosenbaum
Scott Sanders
Emily Schlesinger

 

In the year 2000, as part of its celebration of the Third Millennium, the IEEE awarded 3,000 IEEE Millennium Medals and certificates to individuals who were selected by IEEE Societies, Sections, and Major Boards for outstanding contributions in their respective areas of activity. The Professional Communication Society was invited to nominate recipients for 11 medals, and those medals were presented to 10 of the recipients at an awards banquet in the Boston Museum of Science, in conjunction with IPCC 2000. The 11th medal was presented to awardee James M. Lufkin in conjunction with an AdCom meeting in Minneapolis. Each recipient played a major role in the history of the Professional Communication Society.