Thursday, June 13, 2019

2019 IISS Exceptional Lifetime Achievement Award goes to James R. Janesick

Jim Janesick is a Distinguished Engineer at Sarnoff Inc., developing high-performance CMOS imagers for various scientific and government projects. In the beginning of his career Jim was with the Jet Propulsion Lab for 22 years, where he was group leader of the Advanced CCD Sensors Development Group with a focus on scientific CCD test and characterization. He pioneered scientific CCD and support electronic designs for several NASA space-borne imaging systems. Jim authored the text books Scientific Charge-Coupled Devices and Photon Transfer.

He received the NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal in 1982 and 1992. Over his career, he has had a great impact on characterization methodology of image sensors, particularly for scientific devices but applicable to nearly every CCD and CMOS imager.

For example, while at JPL, Jim developed the Photon Transfer Curve (PTC), world famous among image sensor technologists. This characterization method for image sensors makes it possible to characterize an imager without knowing particular details of the device. The technique is used in academia as well as in industry, and many devices are tested daily around the world making use of the PTC method.

The International Image Sensor Society is pleased to recognize Jim’s contribution to the imaging technology field by presenting him with the 2019 IISS Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 IISW at Snowbird in June.

Congratulations and thank you Jim!


  1. Congratulations Jim! As a CCD test and characterization engineer in the 80’s and 90’s at Kodak, I was inspired by your measurement techniques, analysis, and your unique style of representing data and images. Your books and papers have been a great reference to many of us and not just of the physics but also of the things that can go wrong. You probably don’t remember, but I joking told you at a conference many moons ago that you should be in the hall of the fame (if there ever was one)! Well deserved.

  2. Albert Theuwissen - Harvest ImagingJune 13, 2019 at 6:08 PM

    During the discussions within the IISS Board about the 2019 Awards, I realized how many great engineers our technology is relying on. This holds for device physicists, semiconductor technology people, designers, characterization engineers, etc. "On the shoulders of those huge giants we stand" ! Congratulations to all IISS Award winners and thanks to all other giants as well. It is a great honor to be part of that outstanding solid-state imaging community !!

  3. Unfortunately it appears unlikely that Jim will be able to attend IISW in person due to new chips arriving that need measuring. Albert plans to make a special trip to California before IISW to present the award to Jim there, and perhaps record the event for showing at IISW. We are all sorry not to be able to see Jim in person.


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