The IEEE Council on Superconductivity Awards in the Field of Applied Superconductivity (2010)

The Council on Superconductivity of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has established three awards, approved by the IEEE, to recognize researchers, engineers and managers, who during their professional careers, have made outstanding contributions to the field of applied superconductivity. The Awards for 2010 were presented during the Opening Plenary Session of the 2010 Applied Superconductivity Conference in Washington DC  on 2 August 2010. For detailed description of these Awards and the nomination process please go to

IEEE Max Swerdlow Award for Sustained Service to the Applied Superconductivity Community

For sustained service to the applied superconductivity community that has had a lasting influence on the advancement of the technology, in particular:
  • for his exceptional visionary and wise leadership in the IEEE Council on Superconductivity from 1994 through 2006 to promote, enhance and recognize the practice and practitioners of this technology, and.
  • for his efforts in promoting the cooperation of the IEEE with other activities and organizations in superconductivity such as the Applied Superconductivity Conference and the Magnet Technology Conference in particular.

Award for Continuing and Significant Contributions in the Field of Applied Superconductivity

University of California – Berkeley (Retired)
For significant and sustained contributions in the field of superconductor high frequency detectors and mixers, in particular:
  • for pioneering the development of SIS devices as mixers and  detectors  of microwave and millimeter wave radiation  specifically for radio astronomy,
  • for pioneering the use of superconductor transition edge bolometers and arrays of these bolometers with SQUID readout  electronics which have been used for many astronomical applications, and
  • for his many contributions to the mapping of the sky at millimeter wavelengths using superconducting

Brookhaven National Laboratory
For significant and sustained contribution in the field of large scale applications of superconductivity, in particular:
  • for designing some of the first superconducting magnets with magnetic fields exceeding 10 Tesla,
  • for pioneering the development of superconducting accelerator magnets using "cosine theta" windings,
  • for designing and building one of the earliest 6 Tesla wiggler magnets used in the Brookhaven National Laboratory National Synchrotron Light Source, and,
  • for pioneering development of HTS magnets capable of operating in high radiation environments and for possible use in future accelerator applications.

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

University of Cambridge
For significant and sustained contributions in the development of superconducting materials by advancing the science of both low temperature and high temperature superconducting materials, in particular:
  • for making contributions to the subject of flux pinning in Type II superconductors,
  • for authoring, with the late Jan Evetts, the subject-defining monograph on critical currents in superconductors, and,
  • for his leadership of the Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Superconductivity at the University of Cambridge which promote research across a wide range of superconducting science and technology.

National Institute of Standards and Technology - Boulder
For significant and sustained contributions in the characterization of superconducting materials, in particular:
  • for his pioneering work in the study of strain scaling of the pinning forc in practical superconductors,
  • for his insightful postulation of a unified (strain, temperature and magnetic field) scaling law,
  • for his discovery of the method of making practical low-resistivity electrical contacts to high-Tc oxide superconductors, which is now the prevailing contact method for HTS materials,
  • for authoring the book entitled "Experimental Techniques for Low Temperature Measurements", which has become the standard reference book for electrical measurements at cryogenic temperatures.

IEEE Council on Superconductivity Carl H. Rosner Entrepreneurship Award

Niowave, Inc.
For demonstrating outstanding entrepreneurship skills in the field of applied superconductivity, in particular,
  • for the founding of Niowave, Inc. and the commercialization of superconducting linear accelerators and electron injectors
  • for the development of innovative superconducting niobium structures and manufacturing techniques, and,
  • for transferring these technological advances to the Department of Energy and to defense, homeland security, medical and industrial applications