Lifetime achievers Truchard and Kodosky deserve the ACE award; they have made graphical-based design part of the industry's education curriculum. NI is one of a few companies that addresses the Grand Engineering challenges for the betterment of humanity, while consistently showing profits to its investors: http://www.ni.com/citizenship/grand_challenges.htm
Congratulations to all the winners and the organizers team. The task really seems very tough selecting the best performer in every field of electronics. Combination with ESC will even give this awards more reach in all the segments of the industry.