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.

Walid Majid

Bright Fast Radio Burst from FRB 20200120E with Sub-100 Nanosecond Structure

Yang Liu

An olivine cumulate outcrop on the floor of Jezero crater, Mars

Comets in Context: Comparing Comet Compositions with Protosolar Nebula Models

Simon Yueh

A Satellite Synthetic Aperture Radar Concept Using P-Band Signals of Opportunity

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.

Rashmi Shah

For outstanding achievements and leadership spanning science and engineering in the emergent field of Signals of Opportunity remote sensing.

Jennifer Scully

For outstanding contributions to Dawn, Europa Clipper’s Reconnaissance Focus Group activities, and dedication to community service and inclusion.

James Sinclair

For exceptional leadership advancing outer-planet atmospheric research and our understanding of atmospheric-magnetospheric interactions.

Scott Roberts

Scott Roberts was selected for outstanding intellectual leadership in printed porous materials technology foundational to advancements in thermal, structural and propulsion applications.


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.

Dr. Bonnie J. Buratti

Gerard P. Kuiper Prize for outstanding contributions to the field of planetary science.

Dr. Dan Goebel

Stuhlinger Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Electric Propulsion

Shouleh Nikzad

SPIE Luminary

Aaron Yazzie

American Indian Science and Engineering Society Technical Excellence Award