Chris Yellend is a fellow of the SAIEE, a senior member of the IEEE (USA), and a member of the IET (UK). Yellend was the winner of the 2002 South African Bureau of Standards Media Award for “exceptional contribution to increasing the awareness of standardisation and related issues through the media”. In 2003, he won a merit award in the Energy category of the 2003 Siemens Profile Awards, “recognising journalistic contribution to excellence in the field of science and technology”. At the 2004 ABB Excellence in Technology Reporting Awards, he received the ABB Technology Journalist of the Year Award for 2004. In 2009, Chris won the South African National Energy Association (SANEA) Journalism Award for “special efforts within the field of journalism to promote greater understanding of energy and its role in sustaining human endeavours”. In 2018, Chris was awarded the prestigious South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) President’s Award “in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the South African electrical engineering industry”.