PCIC Awards History

PCIC presents several awards each year to outstanding individuals. For more information on these awards, please see Awards Overview.

IEEE and PCIC are built upon the contributions of dedicated individuals through conference, society and industry activities.  One of the PCIC strategies is to seek opportunities for recognizing and rewarding members for their contributions.  Each year the PCIC Awards Luncheon provides a forum for recognizing those who have contributed to our industry both at the PCIC level and also at the Society level.

Listed below are the descriptions of IEEE and PCIC awards that have been presented or recognized at past conferences.

IEEE Awards

IEEE 1984 Centennial Medals

In commemoration of the one hundredth anniversary of AIEE’s founding, the Institute created the 1984 Centennial Medals to recognize outstanding service to the Institute.

Samuel P. Axe                     Glen R. Griffith        Ralph H. Lee            Russell W. Mills

John P. Nelson                   Jay A. Stewart         Moon H. Yuen

IEEE Third Millennium Medal

As part of its celebration of the Third Millennium, the IEEE awarded approximately 3,000 Millennium Medals in 2000, to members selected by IEEE Societies, Sections, Regions and Major Boards for outstanding contribution in the respective areas of activity.  The Industry Applications Society recognized past Presidents of the Society and members who were past recipients of IEEE and IAS Awards.  Individuals active in PCIC who were recipients of Third Millennium Medals:

Austin H. Bonnett              Baldwin Bridger, Jr.          John R. Dunki-Jacobs     

Kimberly K. Eastwood      C. James Erickson             Eugene J. Fagan 

F. A. (Tony) Furfari Ronald M. Jackson John H. Kassebaum

Christine M. Kent               Al Kiener                               Ray Stratford

IEEE Standards Awards

International Award

This award may be presented annually to an IEEE-SA individual member who has made an extraordinary contribution to establishing the IEEE-SA as a world-class leader in standardization.

2006 – Ben C. Johnson, “For his vision and leadership in establishing the IEEE/IEC Dual Logo Agreement, and positioning IEEE as a leader in international standards development”

2022 – Richard H. Hulett, “For outstanding long term contributions in  establishing IEEE SA trace heating standards internationally.”

Standards Medallion

The Standards Medallion is awarded for major contributions to the development of standards.

1990 – L. Bruce McClung

1991 – Donald W. Zipse

1992 – Joseph S. Dudor

1995 – James M. Daly

1998 – Richard H. Hulett

2000 – Nicholas R. Rafferty

2001 – H. R. Stewart, Jr.

2001 – Richard L. Doughty

2003 – Lorraine K. Padden

2008 – Donald A. Voltz

Standards Board Distinguished Service Award

The Standards Board Distinguished Service Award is made annually to current member(s) or past member(s) of the IEEE-SA Standards Board to recognize distinguished service to the IEEE-SA based on major contributions to the standards development process.

1994 – Ben C. Johnson

2016 – Richard H. Hulett

2023 – Daleep C. Mohla

Managing Director’s Special Recognition Award

The IEEE-SA Managing Director’s Special Recognition Award is presented “in appreciation of outstanding work that significantly benefits IEEE and IEEE-SA in the advancement of technology for humanity”   

2018 – Daleep C. Mohla

Joint Working Group Chair Award

The IEEE-SA International Joint Working Group Chair Award is presented to IEEE-SA Working Group Chairs and ISO, IEC, or ISO/IEC Working Group Chair counterparts in acknowledgment of the contributions made between IEEE and either ISO, IEC, or ISO/IEC during the development of a standard.  The award is issued automatically upon publication of the jointly developed standard.


Kevin Peterson – IEEE 80005-1-2012 – IEC/ISO/IEEE Utility Connections in Port – Part 1: High Voltage Shore Connection (HVSC) Systems – General requirements


Ben C. Johnson and Richard H. Hulett – IEEE 600079-30-1-2015 – IEC/IEEE International Standard – Explosive atmospheres – Part 30-1: Electrical heat trace heating – General and testing requirements

Ben C. Johnson and Richard H. Hulett – IEEE 60079-30-2-2015 – IEC/IEEE International Standard – Explosive atmospheres – Part 30-2: Electrical heat trace heating – Application guide for design, installation and maintenance


Kevin Peterson – IEEE 80005-2-2016 – IEC/IEEE Utility Connections in Port – Part 2: High and low voltage connection systems – Data communication for monitoring and control


Kevin Peterson – IEEE 80005-1-2019 – IEC/ISO/IEEE Utility Connections in Port – Part 1: High Voltage Shore Connection (HVSC) Systems – General requirements

IEEE Technical Field Awards

Richard Harold Kaufmann Award

IEEE Richard Harold Kaufmann Award was established by the IEEE Board of Directors in 1986 and named in honor of Richard Harold Kaufmann in memory of his many important contributions to industrial systems engineering and his dedicated service to the IEEE Industry Applications Society.

The Richard Harold Kaufman Award is presented to an individual or team of up to three persons for outstanding contributions in industrial systems engineering

1991 – John R. Dunki-Jacobs, “For contributions to the design and implementation of industrial power systems.”

1996 – Marcus O. Durham, “For development of theory and practice in the application of power systems in hostile environments.”

1999 – Baldwin Bridger, Jr., “For contributions to the design and application of power apparatus and to grounding practices for industrial commercial power systems.”

2001 – H. Landis Floyd, II, “For advancing the development and application of electrical safety technology, standards and work practices for industrial systems.”

2003 – Edward L. Owen, “For leadership in the development of synchronous and induction motors for a-c adjustable speed drives.”

2004 – Richard L. Nailen, “For outstanding contributions to the understanding of electric motor applications through technical writings, presentations and teaching.”

2011 – David D. Shipp, “For contributions to the design, analysis and protection of electric power systems and personnel in industrial and commercial applications.”

2012 – John P. Nelson, “For leadership in grounding and protection design and the advancement of the electrical safety culture.”

2015 – Charles J. Mozina, “For contributions to the electrical protection of synchronous generators.”

2018 – Greg C. Stone, “For advancements in rotating machines insulation evaluation and testing.”

Charles Proteus Steinmetz Award

The IEEE Charles Proteus Steinmetz Award was established by the Board of Directors in 1979.  It is presented to an individual for exceptional contributions to the development and/or advancement of standards in electrical and electronics engineering

1995 – L. Bruce McClung, “For leadership in defining, documenting, and standardizing safe electrical work practices.”

2002 – Ben C. Johnson, “For leadership in improving the responsiveness of the IEEE standards process to industry needs and developing international electric surface heating standards.”

2012 – Daleep C. Mohla, “For contributions to the preparation, dissemination and advocacy of consensus safety standards for operation and maintenance of industrial and commercial power systems.”

2018 – Craig M. Wellman, “For leadership in developing and promoting standards that enable arc hazard assessment and injury-risk mitigation.”

Medal for Engineering Excellence

The IEEE Medal for Engineering Excellence was established in 1986 by the IEEE Board of Directors to recognize “outstanding contributions in the application of engineering to a product, system, service, program or project, for the benefit of the public and engineering profession.”  It may be presented annually to an individual and team of not more than three.  The award was discontinued in 2009.

1996 – John R. Dunki-Jacobs, “For a career devoted to the development of and contributions to the engineering and implementation of industrial power systems.”

1998 – C. James Erickson, “For engineering contributions to the technology of industrial process heating and associated control systems, and development of related standards.”

2001 – L. Bruce McClung, “For pioneering application of technology and standards leading to improved safety of industrial electrical systems.”

2004 – Richard L. Doughty, H. Landis Floyd, II and Thomas E. Neal, “For pioneering development of empirical models for predicting electric arc incident energy, and development of protective clothing classes based upon layering of flame resistant fabrics.”

Nikola Tesla Award

The IEEE Nikola Tesla Award was established in 1975 through an agreement between the IEEE Power Engineering Society and the IEEE Board of Directors.

The Award is named in honor of Nikola Tesla, an electrical engineer, a distinguished Yugoslav-American inventor, and a pioneer in many fields, who is most renowned for the development of the coil that bears his name and the a-c induction motor.

The award is presented to an individual or a team of up to three for outstanding contributions to the generation and utilization of electric power.

2003 – Austin H. Bonnett, “For leadership in the development and application of design standards, maintenance technology, and operating practices to optimize induction motor performance.”

IAS Awards

Andrew W. Smith Outstanding Young Member Achievement Award

IAS Andrew W. Smith Outstanding Young Member Achievement Award, established in 1996, (renamed in 2009, 2015), recognizes outstanding achievement and contribution to the profession through involvement in IEEE IAS activities by an IAS member less than 35 years of age.

1996 – Christine M. Kent

1999 – Kimberly K. Eastwood

Distinguished Service Award

IAS Distinguished Service Award, first presented in 1988, recognizes an individual for dedication and service to the IEEE Industry Applications Society.

1994 – Eugene J. Fagan

1996 – John H. Kassebaum

1999 – Baldwin Bridger, Jr.

2003 – Andrew W. Smith

2013 – H. Landis Floyd, II

2023 – Daleep C. Mohla

Outstanding Achievement Award

IAS Outstanding Achievement Award, first presented in 1969, honors an individual who has made an outstanding contribution in the application of electricity to industry in accordance with the scope of the IEEE Industry Applications Society.

1976 – Ralph H. Lee

1984 – Russell W. Mills

1995 – C. James Erickson

1996 – Austin H. Bonnett

2001 – L. Bruce McClung

Outstanding Young Member Service Award

IAS Outstanding Young Member Service Award, established in 2015, recognizes outstanding service and contribution to the profession through involvement in IEEE IAS activities by an IAS member less than 35 years of age.

2023 Sidra Malik

PCIC Awards

PCIC Russell W. Mills Award

The highest PCIC award, its coveted Certificate of Appreciation, was initiated in 1969.  The Certificate of Appreciation was renamed the Russell W. Mills Award in 1985, in honor of Russ Mill’s many contributions to the PCIC.  This award is presented “in recognition of outstanding dedication and service to furthering the objectives of the PCIC.”

1969Max H. HaldersonPhillips Petroleum Company
1969John J. SonnierShell Pipe Line Corporation
1970W. H. DickinsonEsso Research & Engineering
1972Russell W. MillsReliance Electric Company
1973George B. JamisonCrouse-Hinds Company
1974Franklin P. GertsonTexas Eastern Transmission Company
1976William E. BurpeeThe Badger Company
1978Thomas R. ShawPhillips Petroleum Company
1979Samuel P. AxeAtlantic Richfield Company
1980Arthur F. ViewegFlour Engineers and Constructors
1982Jay A. StewartFMC Corporation
1983Wayne L. MoserAmoco Chemicals Corporation
1985Eugene J. FaganE. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. Inc.
1989Ronald M. JacksonUNOCAL Corporation
1991David C. AzbillShell Oil Company
1992Frank P. HoganKillark Electric Manufacturing Company
1993Andrew W. SmithE. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. Inc.
1994J. Robert ZahnReliance Electric Company – Retired
1995John H. KassebaumEli Lilly & Company – Retired
1996William H. LeversChevron U.S.A – Retired
1997Thomas P. PearsonARCO Exploration & Production Technology
1998John R. DwyerAppleton Electric – Retired
1999Ben C. JohnsonThermon Manufacturing Co.
2000Richard L. DoughtyE. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. Inc.
2001Bill McCartyValero
2002Quent ReynoldsRockwell Automation
2003John E. PropstShell – Retired
2004Bill CasperRockwell Automation
2005Jim HillThe Dow Chemical Company
2006Scott ShannonAramco Services
2007Paul MyersINEOS
2008Danny LiggettE. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. Inc.
2009Richard H. HulettThermon Industries
2010Kimberly K. EastwoodThermon Industries
2011H. Landis Floyd, IIE. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. Inc.
2012Timothy DriscollOBIEC Consulting
2013James RozsitsRockwell Automation
2014Rick BriedShell Pipeline Co. LP – Retired
2015John NelsonNEI Electrical Power Engineering
2016L. Bruce McClungUnion Carbide Corporation – Retired
2017Donald DunnConsultant
2018Daleep C. MohlaDCM Electrical Consulting
2019Louis BarriosShell Projects & Technology
2020Pam GoldGIAC Group
2021Miriam BlazowskiAppleton Electric – Retired
2023Dennis BoghIPS

PCIC Outstanding Emeritus Award

The PCIC Outstanding Emeritus Award was established in 1991 to recognize Emeritus members for noteworthy post-retirement contributions to the PCIC, IAS, IEEE or the public at large.  The Award is primarily based on contributions made after the individual attains PCIC Emeritus status.  The contributions may be technical, administrative or humanitarian in nature and include, but are not limited to participation in the Emeritus contribution to the annual PCIC Technical Conference.

1991William H. Levers
1992Edgar F. Merrill
1993Everett E. Karsten
1995William H. Levers
1996Herbert H. Hickock, Jr.
1997Glenn R. Griffith
1998Richard L. Nailen
1999Eugene J. Fagan
2000C. James Erickson
2001F. A. (Tony) Furfari
2002Donald W. Zipse
2003Andrew W. Smith
2006Austin H. Bonnett
2007Baldwin Bridger, Jr.
2008John E. Propst
2009Bruce McClung
2010Daleep C. Mohla
2011Leo Berg
2012Rick Bried
2013Gary L. Donner
2014D. Ray Crow
2015Timothy Driscoll
2016Craig M. Wellman
2017Bill Casper
2018Jim Hill
2019Chester L. Sandberg
2020Lorraine Padden
2021H. Landis Floyd
2022Will McBride
2023Johnny Wynn

PCIC David C. Azbill Award

The David C. Azbill Award was established in 1996 to recognize Dave Azbill’s many efforts in PCIC sponsored standards activities.  This award is presented in “recognition of extraordinary contributions to Petroleum and Chemical Industry Committee sponsored standards.”

1997Ben C. Johnson
1998H. R. Stewart
1999Richard L. Doughty
2001Richard H. Hulett
2003Nicholas R. Rafferty
2004Dusty Brown
2006Lorraine L. Padden
2007Daleep C. Mohla
2008Gary L. Donner
2009Donald A. Voltz
2010Travis Griffith
2011Craig M. Wellman
2012Wayne Williams
2013L. Bruce McClung
2014Bill Lockley
2015Barry M. Wood
2017Paul S. Hamer
2018Kevin Peterson
2019John Turner
2020Paul House
2021Arthur Smith
2022Ray Crow
2023 Robert Durham

PCIC Electrical Safety Excellence Award

The Electrical Safety Excellence Award was established in 1999 for “outstanding dedication and contributions to advance and accelerate the dispersion of information and knowledge impacting electrical safety through activities within the PCIC.”

1999H. Landis Floyd, II
2000L. Bruce McClung
2001Ray A. Jones
2002Satish Chaparala
2003Dr. Mary Capelli-Schellpfeffer
2004Danny Liggett
2005Bill Jordan
2006David Pace
2008Thomas E. Neal
2009Shahid Jamil
2010D. Ray Crow
2011Jim White
2012Daniel Doan
2013Michael Doherty
2014Daleep C. Mohla
2015Craig M. Wellman
2017Kevin Lippert
2018Dennis Neitzel
2019John P. Nelson
2020Jim Phillips
2021John Kay
2022Wei-Jen Lee
2023Mike Lang

PCIC Outstanding Technical Contribution Award

The Outstanding Technical Contribution Award was established in 2005 “to recognize dedicated technical contribution to the Petroleum and Chemical Industry Committee.”

2006Bill Lockley
2007Paul S. Hamer
2008Gary Donner
2009Craig M. Wellman
2010Jim Bowen
2011Roy Cossè
2012Royce King
2013Meredith Stranges
2014Daniel Doan
2015Bill Finley
2016Donald Dunn
2017Chuck Yung
2018Robert A. Durham
2019John A. Kay
2020Shahid Jamil
2021Bharat Mistry
2022Robert McElveen
2023Albert Marroquin

PCIC Outstanding Young Professional Achievement Award

The PCIC Outstanding Young Professional Achievement Award was established in 2019 “to recognize the services and contributions of a young professional, age thirty-five years and younger, to the IEEE IAS Petroleum and Chemical Industry Committee.”

2019Clifton Oertli
2020Manish Verma
2021Carson Bates
2022Gautami Bhatt
2023Taban Sabih