ECE Florida Professor Vladimir Rakov, Co-Director of the International Center for Lightning Research & Testing (ICLRT), was recently awarded the Richard R. Stoddart Award for Outstanding Performance at the 2019 IEEE International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility, Signal & Power Integrity (EMC & SPI). He was honored for “Outstanding Contributions to the field of lightning research.”
The award, which is the highest award of the IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Society, is named for Richard R. Stoddart (1900-1973), the founder of the Stoddart Aircraft Radio Company. Interestingly, Richard Stoddart was the engineer on Howard Hughes’ world record flight in July of 1938. Hughes broke the previous record by flying a Lockheed Model 14 Super Electra around the world in 3 days, 19 hours, and 8 minutes. The flight covered 14,791 miles and started in New York with stops in Paris, Moscow, Omsk, Yakutsk, Fairbanks, and Minneapolis before returning to New York.
The Stoddart Award is given annually “to recognize the outstanding performance of an EMC Society member in contributing to the advancement of EMC technology or in contributing to the solution of a socio-technological problem.”