Drs. Vinton Cerf and Robert Kahn Accept
2024 Washington Award

Vinton Cerf and Robert Kahn are the duel 2024 Washington Awardees for their design of transmission control protocols / internet protocols (TCP/IP) for managing information packet addressing and forwarding to and from proper destinations (making sure they don't get lost). For this they are recognized as "fathers of the internet".


Dr. Vinton G. Cerf Dr. Vinton G. Cerf is vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. He has served in executive positions at ICANN, the Internet Society, MCI, the Corporation for National Research Initiatives and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. A former Stanford Professor and former member of the US National Science Board, he is also the past President of the Association for Computing Machinery and serves in advisory capacities at NIST, DOE, NSF, NRO and NASA. He is a member of both the US National Academies of Science and Engineering, the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists and the Worshipful Company of Stationers.


Dr. Robert E. Kahn
Dr. Robert E. Kahn is Chairman, CEO and President of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives, which he founded after a thirteen-year term at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Kahn served as Director of DARPA's Information Processing Techniques Office, where he initiated the United States' billion-dollar Strategic Computing Program, the largest computer research and development program ever undertaken by the federal government. Dr. Kahn is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of AAAI, a Fellow of ACM and a Fellow of the Computer History Museum. He is a member of the State Department's Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy and is Chair of the non-profit DONA Foundation based in Geneva.


About theWashington Award

The prestigious Washington Award is conferred upon an engineer(s) whose professional attainments have preeminently advanced the welfare of human kind. Each year, during Engineers Week, presentation of the award is made at a joint banquet of the members and guests of the Western Society of Engineers; the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers; American Society of Civil Engineers; American Society of Mechanical Engineers; Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers; National Society of Professional Engineers; and the American Nuclear Society.
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2024 Chicagoland Engineering Awards Benefit


Friday, February 23, 2024


5:30 pm Reception (Cash bar)
6:30 – 8:00 pm Dinner and Program


Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont

Featuring the 105th presentation of the Washington Award.


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In addition to the presentation of the Washington Award, nearly 100 pre-college students will be recognized for their success in regional STEM competitions.


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