E. Noel Luddy Award

Hossein Hashemzadah was presented with the E. Noel Luddy Award for years of meritorious service to the telecommunications industry. Hashemzadeh is Deputy Division Chief, in the Video Division of the FCC’s Media Bureau. The award was presented November 28 at the Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers’ annual FCC Reception, held at the National Press Club by AFCCE President John Lyons.

In his introduction of this year’s honoree, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, recalled the time from when Hossein joined the FCC thirty-six years ago to the present day and told anecdotes on Hossein’s career and spoke of his prestige within the FCC.

Addressing the crowd of AFCCE members and guests, and FCC colleagues, Hashemzadah thanked the AFCCE for bestowing the award and expressed admiration for his colleagues and briefly spoke about his time at the FCC.

Hossein Hashemzadah joins a distinguished list of previous Luddy award winners that includes John Reiser, the first E. Noel Luddy awardee, and 2017 honoree Rudy Bonacci, both pictured here with Chairman Pai and AFCCE President Lyons.

The E. Noel Luddy Award (since 2000) is presented annually by the AFCCE Board of Directors. Its winner is frequently, but not always, an FCC employee who has provided notable and exemplary service to the telecommunications industry. Noel Luddy was a lifelong radio enthusiast who was in charge of all communications throughout the South Pacific during World War II. He served for many years in several engineering capacities with RCA. With Dielectric’s acquisition of the RCA broadcast antenna business, he joined Dielectric as a consultant, serving as a liaison to broadcast station engineers, consulting engineers and the FCC. He is well known for his years of service on the AFCCE Board of Directors and was recognized numerous times for his contributions to the association and the broadcast industry. Dielectric continues to fund the E. Noel Luddy Scholarship in Noel’s honor.

This year AFCCE through it’s scholarship funds gave out $42,500 in scholarships, including the E. Noel Luddy Scholarship, to Juniors, Seniors and Graduate students studying in the field of Telecommunications.

The Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers is a membership organization comprised of engineers and other professionals engaged in telecommunications engineering. Its website notes that its main objective is to aid and promote the proper federal administration and regulation of those engineering and technical phases of communications which are regulated by the Federal Communications Commission.