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AACC Awards

The American Automatic Control Council sponsors five awards. These awards are given to recognize excellence in scientific, technological, or educational contributions to automatic control. The deadline for submission of award nominations is Dec. 1 of the year previous to the award year. This is a hard deadline.

Nomination packages may be carried over as follows. Nominations received in year Y can be held over and considered as nominees again in years Y+1 and Y+2. Updates to the nomination package are encouraged, but optional. Note that for the Eckman award, the nominee must still be eligible. If the nominee does not win the award by year Y+2, the nominee cannot be considered in years Y+3 and Y+4. Re-nomination with a new nomination package can be made in year Y+5.

AACC Award Nomination Form.

The Bellman Award is given for distinguished career contributions to the theory or application of automatic control. It is the highest recognition of professional achievement for US control systems engineers and scientists. The recipient must have spent a significant part of his/her career in the USA. The awardee is expected to make a short acceptance speech at the AACC Awards Ceremonies during the ACC.

The Control Engineering Practice Award is given to one individual or one team to be selected from those nominated for significant contribution to the advancement of control practice. The primary criterion for selection will be for the application and implementation of innovative control concepts, methodology, and technology, for the planning, design, manufacture, and operation of control systems. Achievement and usefulness will be evidenced by the benefit to society and by the degree of acceptance by those who use control as a tool. The work on which the nomination is based must have been performed while the nominated individual or at least one member of the team was a resident of the USA. The award consists of a certificate and an honorarium. In the event that the winner is a team, each member of the team will receive a certificate and the honorarium will be divided equally among the team members.

The Eckman Award recognizes an outstanding young engineer in the field of automatic control. The recipient must be younger than 35 years on January 1 of the year of award. Contributions may be technical or scientific publications, theses, patents, inventions, or combinations of the above in the field of automatic control made while the nominee was a resident of the USA. Supporting documentation must include a full endorsement by at least one responsible supervisor.

The Ragazzini Award is given to recognize outstanding contributions to automatic control education in any form. These contributions can be from any source and in any media, i.e., electronic, publications, courses, etc. The recipient must have spent a significant part of his/her career in the USA. 

The O. Hugo Schuck Award recognizes up to one application paper and one theory paper that was published in the ACC conference proceedings and presented at the previous ACC by the author. Papers presented at the ACC and published in IEEE Control System Letters are eligible for that venue’s outstanding paper award and are not also eligible for this award.

Self-nomination (including by co-authors) is inappropriate. The nomination form is available at This fact is announced at the ACC in general and by the session chairs---who can and should be nominators as appropriate.