IEEE Intersociety Thermal and Thermomechanical Conference


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The Intersociety Conference on Thermal and Thermomechanical Phenomena in Electronic Systems

2018 Richard Chu ITherm Award for Excellence in Thermal and Thermo-Mechanical Management of Electronics

Call for Nominations


This is the inaugural year of the Richard Chu ITherm Award for Excellence in Thermal and Thermo-Mechanical Management of Electronics, formerly known as the ITherm Achievement Award. The ITherm Achievement Award, instituted in 1996, has been presented biennially in recognition of significant contributions made in thermal and thermo-mechanical aspects of electronics devices and systems. Following recent IEEE Electronic Packaging Society (EPS) Board of Governors approval of an annual ITherm Conference, it will now be awarded annually. The Award has been re-named to honor Richard Chu, the first recipient of the ITherm Achievement Award and a seminal contributor to thermal management of electronics.

The Award, to be presented at the 2018 ITherm Conference Banquet in San Diego, includes a memento, a plaque, and a $1500 honorarium. Conference registration, and two nights of lodging will be complimentary. The recipient is expected to attend ITherm and present an Invited Lecture on a topic of relevance to the conference themes.


The sole selection criterion for the award is seminal contributions to the science and art of thermal and/or thermo-mechanical aspects of electronic devices and systems as demonstrated by archival publications in prestigious journals, patents, or other groundbreaking achievements. Service and societal activities, although relevant will not be major considerations for selection. IEEE-EPS membership is encouraged but not required.


The nomination should include: a two-page letter from the nominator summarizing the nominee's qualifications, up to three letters of support (a minimum of two are required) and a detailed curriculum vitae.

Nomination packets should be submitted by March 9th, 2018 to:

Prof. Sushil H. Bhavnani, Chair,
1418C Wiggins Hall
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849-5341
(334) 844-3303 (voice)

Dr. Koneru Ramakrishna, Co-chair,
IC Package Development
Cirrus Logic, Inc.
800 W. Sixth St, Austin, TX 78701
(512) 851-4484 (Voice)

  • The recipient is selected by an Award Committee comprised of the ITherm Executive Committee (past ITherm General Chairs), Conference General Chair, and Program Chair. Award Committee members who are Award nominees, will be recused from the selection process and are not replaced. The Committee will be chaired by two members of the ITherm Executive Committee (one from academia and one from industry), nominated by the Conference General Chair, requiring a simple majority vote of the Executive Committee for the appointments to be effective. Appointments may be for multiple years to help ensure continuity.
  • Completed nomination packages will be distributed to the Awards Committee at least one week before the balloting. Each voting member will rank the candidates and submit rankings via email to both Award Co-Chairs. The Award Committee Co-Chairs will submit their votes before the rest of the Committee members begin to vote. The votes will be tabulated by the Co-Chairs and the results will be communicated to the Award Committee. In the case of a tie, the number of first place votes will be used as tie-breaker. The Awards Committee reserves the right to make no selection in a year in which the pool of nominees does not meet the selection criterion.
  • The Chair of the Awards Committee informs the ITherm Conference Chair and the Program Chair of the results. The Awards Committee Co-Chairs will include results of the ballot in that communication, with voters' names removed to protect anonymity. The Award recipient and the nominator will formally be notified by the ITherm Conference General Chair. After this, the Award Committee Co-Chairs will work with the Conference Chair and the nominee to develop the details of the Award ceremony, including obtaining the recipient's biographical sketch/photograph so that it can be published in the conference proceedings.
  • Grandfather Clause: Unsuccessful nominations are eligible for consideration two additional cycles of the Award process beyond the year in which the nomination is first received. This grandfathering is done with the approval of the nominator. The nominator can choose to provide a new nomination packet.


2017 - Alfonso Ortega

2016 - Suresh Garimella

2014 - Dereje Agonafer

2012 - Yogendra Joshi

2010 - Bahgat Sammakia

2008 - Roger R. Schmidt

2006 - Robert J. Moffat

2004 - M. Michael Yovanovich

2002 - Aurthur E. Bergles

2000 - Wataru Nakayama

1998 - Avram Bar-Cohen

1996 - Richard C. Chu

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