Awards and Recognitions

The Edward Stone Award for Outstanding Research Publication

The Edward Stone Award for Outstanding Research Publication recognizes and encourages the publication of significant research results in science and in technology/engineering by JPL employees throughout their professional careers. This distinguished award consists of a certificate of recognition and an Explorer Bonus Award of $10,000. Generally, four (4) awards are presented each year, nominally two in science and two in technology/engineering.

Ronald Kwok

For demonstrating the importance of ice convergence to model sea ice thickness, and improving our understanding of interconnected processes in the Arctic region 

Christopher Webster

For the first quantification and demonstration of variability in methane abundance in Mars’ atmosphere via Tunable Laser Spectroscopy

The Lew Allen Award for Excellence

The Lew Allen Award for Excellence is designed to recognize and encourage significant individual accomplishments or leadership in scientific research or technological innovation by JPL employees during the early years of their professional careers. The award consists of $25,000 from the JPL Research and Technology Development Fund (R&TD) to be used at JPL to enhance the professional efforts of the awardee. In addition to R&TD funds, the awardees will receive a monetary award of $10,000 and a memento. Annually, up to four (4) individuals may receive awards.

David Wiese

For exceptional leadership and research roles in GRACE data processing and Earth gravity science.

Boon Lim

For leadership and technological innovation in the emerging field of microwave remote sensing science on nanosatellites.

Andrew Klesh

For technical leadership of deep space smallsats and under-ice robotic rover technologies in support of terrestrial and outer planets exploration.

Mathieu Choukroun

For pioneering studies of the physical properties of cryogenic materials and contributions to MIRO and the US Rosetta mission.


The work and accomplishments of many JPL researchers has been recognized by many institutions. Awards, fellowships, and other recognitions have been bestowed on researchers across multiple fields of research.

Stellar Awards

Team and Individual Stellar Awards

Tracy van Houten

Emerging Leader Award

Peter Theisinger

National Air and Space Museum Trophy for Lifetime Achievement

David Bayard

Asian Journal of Control Best Paper Award