This award recognizes a graduating PhD student who has made outstanding contributions to soft computing and its applications. It was established in 2020 in honor of EECS Prof. Lotfi Zadeh, the creator of the concept of fuzzy logic.


  • 2023-2024 Kaylo Littlejohn
  • 2022-2023 Sheng Shen
  • 2021-2022 Hari Prasanna Das
  • 2020-2021 Xiangyu Yue
  • 2019-2020 Baihong Jin, Yang You