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3GPP Award - Roll of Honour

award imageThe 3GPP Excellence Award recognises an individuals’ contribution to a 3GPP Working Group during the year. For the year ending 31st December 2015, four new awards were approved by the 3GPP leadership and distributed by the Working Group Chairmen, during the first WG meetings of 2016. 

This page is a permanent tribute to the individuals who have received the Award. 

The Award Roll of Honour 

(Updated once the Award has been given)

YearRecipientWorking GroupChairmans’ Citation
2015 Ricky Kaura  CT WG1 - MM/CC/SM [lu]

 “In recognition of your positive nature and kind help and support to secure stage-3 progress and aim for completion of MCPTT in Rel-13. You took the responsibility, stepped up and helped out without looking for personal credit or recognition. You have acted as a role model that not only your company and colleagues, but 3GPP as an organisation can be proud of.”

Atle Monrad Chairman 3GPP CT Working Group 1

2015 John Diachina  GERAN1 / GERAN2 – Radio/Protocol aspects

 “For his efforts and hard work to secure that GSM/EDGE remains a vital technique in 2015. With this award 3GPP acknowledges Mr Diachina’s contributions made in the Release 13 work items Extended Coverage GSM (EC-GSM) and extended Discontinues Reception (eDRX).”

Olof Liberg, Chairman 3GPP GERAN Working Group 1
Yang Zhao, Chairman 3GPP GERAN Working Group 2

2015  Havish Koorapaty  RAN1 - Radio layer 1

 “On behalf of all companies in RAN1, I highly appreciate your excellent work as Rapporteur of Rel-13 LAA. Thank you also very much for your extensive and assertive activities.”

Satoshi Nagata, Chairman 3GPP RAN Working Group 1

2015 Yannick Lair  SA6 - Mission-critical applications

 “Yannick Lair has played a very unique and critical role of the Rapporteur for MCPTT, which has helped not only the chairmen but the entire SA6 working group to successfully work together and complete a brand new Release-13 specification on time, with a high degree of included functionality. His dedication and commitment to his responsibilities have raised the standard for being a Rapporteur in 3GPP, and also helped build a new culture in SA6.”

Suresh Chitturi & Dave Chater-Lea – SA6 Vice Chairmen

 2014 Brian Classon  RAN1 - Radio Layer 1 spec  “On behalf of all companies in RAN1, thank you very much for your outstanding and accurate work as Rapporteur and Editor of the complex specification TS36.212 and for your highly productive way of contributing again in 2014”

Satoshi Nagata, Chairman 3GPP RAN Working Group 1
 2014 Lena Chaponniere  CT1 - MM/CC/SM (lu)  “In recognition of your efforts to get the work on ProSe organized in CT Working Groups, for making one of the most complicated Work Items in CT1 a success and for your fairness, neutrality and pragmatic approach - Which has made you a trusted and respected Rapporteur”

Georg Mayer, Chairman 3GPP CT Working Group 1
2014 Himke van der Velde RAN2 - Radio Layer 2 spec, Radio Layer 3 RR spec

“This award is an acknowledgement of your outstanding contribution to the development of LTE in your role as RAN2 delegate and as Rapporteur for the RRC specification. Your broad and deep technical competence paired with unquestionable commitment make you an exceptional delegate”

Henning Wiemann, Chairman 3GPP RAN Working Group 2

2014 Thomas Belling CT3 - Interworking with external networks

“Your strong technical background and hard work in CT3 during 2014 brings you this 3GPP Excellence Award. You are a main contributor to the group in multiple areas (e.g. PCC, IMS and CS) and ready to contribute positively to the progress of the work as well as being an outstanding Rapporteur for the CT3 efforts on Group Communication System Enablers, in Release 12”

Qiao Weihua, Chairman 3GPP CT Working Group 3

2013 Robert  Love RAN1 - Radio layer 1

“In recognition of your outstanding, patient and accurate work as Rapporteur and Editor”

Satoshi Nagata, Chairman 3GPP RAN Working Group 1

2013 Rich Hovey SA1 - Services

“Rich's expertise, patience, hard work and dedication meant that the Stage 1 ProSe requirements were successfully completed.”

Mona Mustapha, Chairman 3GPP SA Working Group 1

2013 Gert-Jan van Lieshout RAN2 - Radio layer 2 and Radio layer 3 RR

“This is an acknowledgement of your outstanding contribution to the development of LTE. You drive your ideas with enthusiasm, with broad and deep technical competence, but remain open to the technical merits of other delegates’ proposals. This makes it a real pleasure working with you.”

Henning Wiemann, Chairman 3GPP RAN Working Group 2

2012 Hidetoshi Suzuki  RAN1 - Radio layer 1

"In recognition of exceptional work in RAN1, particularly for invaluable efforts in reaching consensus in aspects of EPDCCH design. With grateful thanks on behalf of all companies in RAN1."

Matthew Baker, Chairman 3GPP RAN Working Group 1

2012 Jacob John RAN5 - Mobile Terminal Conformance Testing

“Jacob John has contributed significantly to the technical and managerial requirements of TSG RAN Working Group 5. Furthermore, he has carried his knowledge and technical expertise into the GCF greatly benefiting the wider device related industry. In all aspects of his work he has been outstanding ambassador for his company and RAN5 and thoroughly deserves the recognition within the 3GPP community.”

Phil Brown, Chairman 3GPP RAN Working Group 5

2012 Edwin Tse SA5–Telecom Management "This is an expression of our thanks to Edwin Tse, for his outstanding contribution to SA5 in 2012, focusing on Converged Management of Fixed and Mobile Networks and OSS Interface Harmonization activities. Your productivity, dedication and expertise are a reference for all 3GPP delegates."

Christian Toche, Chairman 3GPP SA Working Group 5

Award Format

The following format and procedure was created after a consultation with officials during TSG SA#54.

“The 3GPP Excellence Award” will be presented at the next Working Group meeting, following the December TSG SA Plenary. Details of the Award will be added to a permanent Roll-of-honour above. 

Awards Panel

The Awards Panel consists of the Four TSG Chairmen. The panel will consider the proposed candidates for an Award, in private and without the need for a Minuted discussion. They will make their decision by seeking consensus between them, under the Chairmanship of the TSG SA Chairman.


Award Procedure

To maintain the integrity of the process and to avoid personal disappointment, the 3GPP Excellence Award procedure should be a secret process. The following procedure should be carried out without the knowledge of the nominated person, or any other person not directly involved in the process.

  1. Individuals, not groups, must be nominated by a sitting Working Group Chairman. A maximum of ONE candidate per calendar year may be nominated by each Working Group.
  2. Nominations must be received prior to (and not during) the TSG SA December plenary.
  3. The nomination must relate to current, active, work in 3GPP Working Groups.
  4. The Form “The 3GPP Excellence Award Nomination” must be completed and submitted to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – who is responsible for the Award process.
  5. The Awards panel will consider every nomination, at the December TSG SA Plenary meeting and will inform the appropriate Working Group Chairman of their decision.
  6. The decision of the Award Panel is final.
  7. The Panel may only award a maximum of FOUR “3GPP Excellence Awards” per Calendar year.
  8. If the nomination is not accepted, it may be submitted again in the future – by the same process described in 1. above.
  9. Once the positive decision is made, the TSG Chairmen will instruct the Marketing and Communications Officer to issue an award pack to the Secretary/Technical Officer. The pack is then given to the Working Group Chairman to allow the Award to be distributed at the next Working Group meeting.
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