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The IEEE Dr. James Wong Award for Continuing and Significant Contributions to Applied Superconductor Materials Technology

Award Description: 

Established in 2014, this Award recognizes a living individual for a career of meritorious achievements and outstanding technical contributions in the field of applied superconductor materials technology, over a period of time (nominally more than twenty years) based on novel and innovative concepts and theories proposed by the individual, the authorship or co-authorship of many publications of major significance to the field of applied superconductor materials technology, and the impact that the candidate's contributions have had on the development and maturing of applied superconductivity.  This Award is named for Dr. James Wong who received the IEEE Award for Continuing and Significant Contributions in the Field of Applied Superconductivity in 2011 for his pioneering work in producing commercial grade superconducting cables and conductors. In 1962, Dr. Wong founded Supercon, Inc. which has produced a variety of niobium-titanium and niobium-tin superconducting wires, cables and conductors for many commercial and research application, and has supplied production quantities of high-quality superconducting wire for a longer time than any other company in the world.

Basis of Judging: 

This Award recognizes a living individual for a career of meritorious achievements and outstanding technical contributions in the field of applied superconductor material technology, over a period of time (nominally more than twenty years) based on novel and innovative concepts and theories proposed by the individual, the authorship or co-authorship of many publications of major significance to the field of applied superconductor materials technology, and the impact that the candidate’s contributions have had on the development and maturing of applied superconductivity. This Award is named for Dr. James Wong who received the IEEE Award for Continuing and Significant Contributions in the Field of Applied Superconductivity in 2011 for his pioneering work in producing commercial grade superconductor cables and conductors. In 1962, Dr. Wong founded Supercon, Inc. which has produced a variety of niobium-titanium and niobium-tin superconducting wires, cables and conductors for many commercial and research application, and has supplied production quantities of high-quality superconducting wire for a longer time than any other company in the world.

Prize: 

The Award shall consist of the following: (1) a medallion fabricated from niobium, at least six centimeters in diameter and suitably engraved; (2) a suitably inscribed plaque; and, (3) an honorarium of US$ 5,000.

Eligibility: 

The recipient must have been active in the field of applied superconductivity for at least twenty years, and must be able to attend the international conference related to applied superconductivity at which the Award will be made. The recipient does not have to be a member of the IEEE and there shall be no restrictions based on nationality, country of residence, age or gender. An individual may receive only one IEEE Council on Superconductivity sponsored Award for his/her contributions to superconductor materials science and technology.

Nomination Procedure: 

The nomination procedure for this award is available here.

For further information on the Dr. James Wong Award, contact:

Dr. John Przybysz
Chair, Awards Committee
IEEE Council on Superconductivity
101 Idlewild Road
Severna Park, MD 21146
+1 410-765-0198

2016 Award Recipient(s)

The Ohio State University

For continuing and significant contributions in the field of superconductivity materials research, in particular,

  • for showing that proximity effect coupling between closely spaced fine filaments in multifilamentary NbTi/Cu composites could be suppressed by the addition of Mn to the Cu matrix,
  • for leading the development of NbTi and Nb3Sn Rutherford cables in which cores of selected materials and widths were introduced to control interstrand contact and coupling magnetization,
  • for leading a group that developed the world's first HTS Rutherford cable based on Bi:2212/Ag and that went on to produce long lengths of continuously melt processed Nb3Al strand and hence Nb3Al Rutherford cable, and,
  • for contributions to the understanding and development of practical MgB2 conductors.

Bruker EAS

For continuing and significant contributions in the field of superconductivity materials research, in particular,

  • development and industrialization of NbTi and Nb3Sn superconductors for fusion, accelerators, MRI and NMR,
  • for contributions to science and technology of NbTi and Nb3Sn conductors resulting in improved conductor performance and industrial manufacturing, and
  • for contributions to development and commercialization of Bi-2212 and Bi-2223 wires and tapes.

2015 Award Recipient(s)

Oxford Superconducting Technology
For continuing and significant contributions in the field of superconductivity materials research, in particular,
  • for his role in achieving engineering current densities of over 3000 A-mm-2 in commercial NbTi at 5 T and 4.2 K,
  • for his work in commercializing ‘wire in channel’ conductors to provide the low cost, high copper conductor needed for MRI,
  • for his work on RRP internal tin Nb3Sn conductors - the first wire to achieve 3000 A-mm-2  at 12 T and 4.2 K, and
  • for developing Bi-2212 round wire, enabling HTS Rutherford cable to be made for future accelerators.

2014 Award Recipient(s)

National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Florida State University

For continuing and significant contributions in the field of superconducting materials research, in  particular, 

  • for the development of techniques for quantitative digital imaging of defects, flux-pinning sites and chemical composition gradients in niobium-titanium and niobium-3-tin superconductors at all relevant length scales from the atomic to the macroscopic that have enabled significant improvements of their critical current characteristics, and thus enabling conductors  to realize the benchmark values of critical current density required for many emerging applications.

University of Houston
For continuing and significant contributions in the field of superconductivity materials research, in particular,
  • for his leadership in the world’s first manufacturing and commercialization of second-generation (2G) HTS wires that culminated in the demonstration the world’s first 2G HTS device  in the electric power grid, 
  • for pioneering numerous technologies in second-generation HTS wires including high throughput thin film deposition processes to fabricate single-crystalline-like films over a kilometer on metal substrates and nanoscale defect engineering for record-high superconductor wire performance, and
  • for conceiving and demonstrating a novel melt-texturing technique that yields large single-domain REBaCuO superconductors with world-record critical current performance, which is being used to manufacture bulk superconductors with very large trapped  magnetic fields.