Chapter and Individual Awards Program
The annual SBE National Awards program recognizes those who have contributed to the SBE, the industry or their chapters in a number of categories. Winners are presented awards at the National Awards Dinner at the annual SBE National Meeting.
Some SBE members go above and beyond the call of duty to their job, the SBE and the broadcast industry. There are local chapters that do an excellent job of serving their members. Often these efforts go unrecognized. Don’t let that happen this year! Fill out an Awards Nomination Form and recognize a deserving individual or chapter.
Submit nominations for any of the seven chapter and six individual awards. In addition, three chapter awards are determined from statistical information on record at the SBE National Office.
Five of the chapter awards are broken into two classes, Class A and Class B, so competing chapters are similar in membership size. Class A is made up of chapters with membership less than the median; Class B contains chapters with membership greater than the median.
Award winners will be notified in July and invited to attend the SBE National Meeting. The SBE National Meeting is held annually in conjunction with a regional broadcasting event.
The SBE Fellow is an SBE membership grade or level. It is the highest level, awarded only to those nominated by members and elected by the board of directors. The board considers nominations for SBE Fellow in the spring each year at the meeting held during the NAB Show.
Fellow members of the SBE have rendered conspicuous service or have made valuable contributions to the advancement of broadcast engineering or its allied professions.
Candidates for SBE Fellow membership are proposed in writing by a voting member. The nomination must include a cover letter and a biography of the nominee. It must be endorsed by at least five other voting members. Nominations are submitted to the chairman of the SBE Fellowship Committee, Troy Pennington, CSRE, CBNT. If approved by the board, the nominee is notified and a presentation is made at the fall SBE National Meeting. The nomination process is conducted in confidence. Nominees should not be made aware that they have been nominated.
John H. Battison Award for Lifetime Achievement
The SBE also presents the SBE John H. Battison Award for Lifetime Achievement. Nominations for the lifetime achievement award are accepted and reviewed separately from other awards.
- Robert W. Flanders SBE Engineer of the Year
- James C. Wulliman SBE Educator of the Year
- SBE Technology Award
- SBE Freedom Award
- Best Technical Article, Paper or Program by an SBE Member
- Best Technical Article, Paper or Program by an SBE Student Member
- Best SBE Chapter Communication
- Best Chapter or Regional Educational Event
- SBE Chapter Engineer of the Year
- Chapter with Greatest Percentage Growth of New Members
- Chapter with Highest Percentage of SBE Certified Members
- Chapter with Highest Percentage of Member Attendance at Meetings
Retired Award Categories
- Best Chapter Website
- Best Chapter Social Media Site
- Best Chapter Newsletter
- Most Interactive Chapter
- Best Regional Convention or Conference
- Best Chapter Frequency Coordination Effort