TCCLD Awards outstanding members of the Cloud Computing community in a number of categories, including research, service, and leadership, among others.

Categories for the 2021 TCCLD Awards included:

  • TCCLD Outstanding Ph.D. Thesis Award
    TCCLD Outstanding Ph.D. thesis award is presented to a researcher whose Ph.D. thesis has the potential of a very high impact in cloud computing or gives direct evidence of such an impact. Only a Ph.D. degree obtained in 2020/2021 is considered for this award.
    2021 Awardee: Shashikant Ilager
  • TCCLD Rising Star Award (within 5 years of receiving the Ph.D. degree)
    Recognizes outstanding young scientists and engineers who have demonstrated exceptional capabilities and made a significant contribution to the field of cloud computing. Only candidates who receive their Ph.D. within 5 years are eligible.
    2021 Awardee: Gaurav Somani
  • TCCLD Research Innovation Award
    Recognizes anyone or one group of collaborators whose outstanding technical innovations are in the field of cloud computing. The contributors must have a long-term impact on advancing the theory and practice in cloud computing.
    2021 Awardee: Albert Zomaya
  • TCCLD Outstanding Leadership Award
    Recognizes one individual for her/his outstanding leadership contributions in the field of cloud computing. Also, the outstanding contributions in the application of cloud computing which affect and improve global business and help organizations and individuals are considered.
    2021 Awardee: Hui Lei
  • TCCLD Outstanding Service Award
    Recognizes one individual with outstanding services to building the cloud computing community, and persistent volunteer efforts, such as services to IEEE TCCLD activities worldwide, annual related events.
  • TCCLD Women in Cloud Computing Award
    Recognizes women leaders who have made outstanding, influential, and potentially long-lasting contributions in the field of cloud computing and solve real problems.
    2021 Awardee: Siani Pearson
  • TCCLD Research Impact Award
    Recognizes senior researchers or educators for her/his significant/distinguished contribution in the field of cloud computing.
    2021 Awardee: Rajkumar Buyya

Eligible applicants

  1. Qualified candidates except for the IEEE TCCLD chairs, TCCLD  executive committee members, and the past IEEE TCCLD awardees.
  2. Nominees that have not been recognized for the TCCLD award will be reviewed with higher priority.
  3. In terms of the TCCLD Outstanding Ph.D. Thesis Award, the Ph.D. degree should have been obtained in 2020/2021.

Please note: self-nomination is not permitted.

Nomination Process

  • Anyone in the field can nominate one person. Self-nominations are not accepted.
  • Nominations should include a proposed citation (up to 25 words), which includes the field of research/work and contributions, a detailed statement to justify the nomination (500 words or less), and personal/team web page URL of the nominee.
  • Two supporting letters are required for each nomination. The letters should address the significance of the contributions cited in the nomination.
  • Nominations that did not result in an award can be resubmitted or updated in subsequent years.
  • The Awards Committee will evaluate all nominations and decide on zero or more winners for each award category.

Questions? Contact the Awards Committee Chair
Martin Gilje Jaatun at

TCCLD Awards Archive


  • TCCLD Research Impact Award
    Rajkumar Buyya
  • TCCLD Outstanding Leadership Award
    Hui Lei
  • TCCLD Research Innovation Award
    Albert Zomaya
  • TCCLD Rising Star Award
    Gaurav Somani
  • TCCLD Outstanding Ph.D. Thesis Award
    Shashikant Ilager
  • TCCLD Women in Cloud Computing Award
    Siani Pearson


  • TCCLD Impact Award
    Sanjay Ranka, University of Florida, USA
  • TCCLD Research Innovation Award
    Jiannong Cao, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
    Christophe Cerin, University of Paris XIII, France
  • TCCLD Outstanding Leadership Award
    Chunming Rong, University of Stavanger, Norway
    Yuanyuan Yang, Stony Brook University, USA
  • TCCLD Outstanding Service Award
    Irena Bojanova, National Institute of Standards & Technology, USA
  • TCCLD Rising Star Award
    Ao Zhou, Beijing University of Posts & Telecommunications, China
  • TCCLD Outstanding PhD Thesis Award
    Yuan Zhang, University of Electronic Science & Technology, China
    Kaiyang Liu, Central South University, China