The Technology Administration, a Federal agency in the Department of Commerce, has recognized ILM with the National Medal Of Technology for over 28 years of innovations in visual effects technology for the motion picture industry.
The Technology Administration seeks to maximize technology's contribution to economic growth, high-wage job creation, and the social well being of the United States. You can read the announcement and reports here:
Congratulations to everyone at ILM, past and present, who for over 30 years have helped developed and trailblazed the VFX industry.
Many thanks to jonroberts for the heads up.