Elsa and Floyd Dunn Award

Established 2015


Floyd Dunn (PhD ’56), WWII veteran and groundbreaking pioneer in the science of ultrasound and bioacoustics, dedicated over 50 years to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois. He was director of the Bioacoustics Research Laboratory and mentored generations of students on campus. He passed away in 2015, just 30 days after his wife Elsa died. The two met shortly after his service in WWII and were married for more than 64 years.


This award honors graduate students with demonstrated research interest in topics including, but not limited to, biomedical ultrasound, bioengineering, and related fields.


The recipient(s) will be recognized during an annual Student Awards Banquet. All student recipients are featured on the second floor of the ECE Building's Student Honors Wall.

Past Recipients of the Award

Year Recipients
2022-2023 Rishyashring Iyer, Varun Kelkar, Zhengchang Kou
2021-2022 Mona Zehni, Zixuan Tian
2020-2021 Krishnakant Saboo, Lingxiao Yang
2019-2020 Nantao Li, Andres Coila
2018-2019 Yan Zhang, Vaishnavi Subramanian
2017-2018 MinWoo Kim
2016-2017 Sarah Robinson