UFFC Milestones

The IEEE Milestones program honors significant technical achievements in all areas associated with IEEE.  It is a program of the IEEE History Committee, administered through the IEEE History Center. Milestones recognize the technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity found in unique products, services, seminal papers, and patents. Milestones are proposed by any IEEE member and are sponsored by an IEEE Organizational Unit (OU)—such as an IEEE section, society, chapter or student branch. After recommendation by the IEEE History Committee and approval by the IEEE Board of Directors, a bronze plaque commemorating the achievement is placed at an appropriate site with an accompanying dedication ceremony.

The IEEE History Center staff have already prepared a list of possible candidates. Members are encouraged to propose other major achievements according to an established proposal process. Those selected for recognition must then be sponsored by one or more IEEE Sections, Societies, Chapters or Student Branches. The UFFC-S will consider sponsorship for milestone proposals in UFFC-S’ fields of interest.

IEEE Milestones Celebrate Major Achievements

The IEEE Milestones program honors significant technical achievements in any of IEEE’s many disciplines. To be honored, the achievement should demonstrate technical innovation that has benefited humanity. It also must have occurred at least 25 years ago and must have had significant importance across a substantial geographical region. Given the nature of IEEE-related achievements, most have had world-wide impact! To date, 177 IEEE Milestones have been dedicated throughout the world.

  • An IEEE Milestone Honors a UFFC-Field Achievement – the First Atomic Clock

    The IEEE Milestone for the first atomic clock will be unveiled on August 8th 2017 at NIST in Gaithersburg, MD USA. The IEEE UFFC has cosponsored this milestone with the local IEEE section. The plaque will be mounted on a white marble wall immediately to the left of the main Administration Building’s entrance. The same day, a dedication ceremony will be held. To further celebrate the event, the NIST center in Gaithersburg will host an atomic clock history colloquium organized by Steve Jeffert of NIST Boulder, CO USA. Dr. Clark Nguyen, President IEEE UFFC-S, will also speak at the ceremony.The IEEE Milestone plaque reads:
    First Atomic Clock, 1948
    The first atomic clock, developed near this site by Harold Lyons at the National Bureau of Standards, revolutionized timekeeping by using transitions of the ammonia molecule as its source of frequency. Far more accurate than previous clocks, atomic clocks quickly replaced the Earth’s rotational rate as the reference for world time. Atomic clock accuracy made possible many new technologies, including the Global Positioning System (GPS).