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.

Donald Argus

For identifying a new mechanism controlling the changes in California’s water storage.

Curtis Chen

For developing an innovative and robust model of terminal descent radars.

Pierre Echternach

For laboratory demonstration that the quantum capacitance detector is the most sensitive far infrared sensor ever built.

John Krist

For defining the state of the art in optical modeling of coronagraph’s performance.

Junjie Liu

For fundamental advances of our understanding of the carbon cycle.

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.

Arezou Khoshakhlagh

For technical innovation in developing the novel Gallium-free antimonides superlattice epitaxial material system for advanced mid-wavelength and long-wavelength infrared detectors.

Nacer Chahat

For demonstrated unique talent as a leader in rapid spacecraft antenna development and telecom systems engineering for CubeSats.

Piyush Agram

For major contributions to InSAR-based geodetic imaging and geophysical time series analysis.

Sylvain Piqueux

For leadership in the study of surface thermal properties of terrestrial worlds, and support of JPL missions to these bodies.


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.

Graeme Stephens

Mason Gold Medal

Bonnie J. Buratti

Carl Sagan Medal for Excellence in Public Communication

Cassini Mission Team

John L. "Jack" Swigert, Jr. Award for Space Exploration 

Nacer Chahat

Future Technology Leader Award