The TTTC’s E. J. McCluskey Best Doctoral Thesis Award serves the purpose of promoting the most impactful doctoral student work, providing the students with exposure to the community and prospective employers, and supporting interaction between academia and industry in the field of test technology. The award is named after Prof. E. J. McCluskey, a key contributor to test technology. The 2024 TTTC’s E. J. McCluskey Best Doctoral Thesis Award will be given to the winning student of the doctoral student contest and their advisor.

The contest is held in two stages: semi-finals and finals. Semi-finals will be held at the IEEE Asian Test Symposium (ATS), IEEE VLSI Test Symposium (VTS), the IEEE European Test Symposium (ETS), and the IEEE Latin American Test Symposium (LATS). At each semi-final, a jury composed of industrial and academic experts will determine the winner. The four semi-final winners will compete against each other in the finals, held at the International Test Conference (ITC) 2024.


  • Doctoral students working on test-related topics are eligible for the award.
  • Eligible students are those who graduated starting from April 2022 up to 2024.
  • An individual can only participate in the contest once in a lifetime (participation is encouraged when the thesis is close to completion).
  • Submissions to multiple regional sites are prohibited.


Submissions will undergo a selection process. Accepted contestants will give a presentation (about 15 minutes, including Q&A) in a designated session during ETS 2024. In addition, each candidate must prepare and present a poster on their work. The ETS’24 semi-final winner will be determined by the jury and announced during ETS 2024 closing session.

Guidelines for Authors

By submitting a contribution, the authors agree to register and present at ETS 2024 in case of acceptance. Interested PhD students are invited to submit electronically a single PDF file consisting of: 

  • A cover letter filled with the PhD information given in the template.
  • A paper of 10 pages (IEEE conference paper style with a minimum font size of 10pt including tables) summarizing the thesis work, based on the guidelines you can find in the  same template.


Submission deadline: January 26, 2024 February 23, 2024
Notification of acceptance: February 16, 2024 February 29, 2024
Camera-ready manuscript: March 31, 2024

Submission Website

Submissions should be made electronically as a single PDF file here.

Contact Information

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