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IEEE CSC Newsletter, Issue 4, 2016



Welcome to a New Year!

Elie Track

Dear Colleagues,
One year has passed since my inauguration, and as President of the Council on Superconductivity I would like to reflect on our activities and progress, and share Council plans for the future.

Let’s start with what we've got.
The sponsoring of many conferences, workshops, and lectures around the world has resulted in the successful growth of our community not only in size, but also in the quality of research and engineering output. Among these workshops, our Council sponsored the first annual CERN Future Circular Colliders Week (FCC) held in Washington.
These activities promoted the interest in CSC, thus increasing our affiliated members list during 2015.

The MT24 conference confirmed that industrial applications of HTS materials are on the rise, bringing HTS applications of superconductivity to a more routine use. In my opinion, the promotion of advanced HTS is imperative for the Council, and for the future of applied superconductivity. I believe that this trend will be sustained, and should be kept as a target of our community for years to come; as an example, our Council’s continued offering of the IEEE CSC Graduate Study Fellowship in Applied Superconductivity.

At the 15th International Superconductive Electronics Conference – ISEC2015 – the recent blossoming of research and development geared towards High Efficiency Computing based on superconductors was prominently highlighted. Here again, our graduate study fellowships play a good role in encouraging younger professionals to enter and remain in the field, and to help realize the dream of the High Efficiency Superconducting data center.

Over the past year we have also created a foundation for future activities.

Advances in technology are based on interdisciplinary and international contacts, so we have enhanced the Council’s network by increasing the number of agreements with “Sister Societies.” We also began the creation of Council “Chapters,” the first one of which started in Italy, and the next established in Germany. These local centers should sustain and add new and fresh “life-blood” to our community.

In alignment with Chapter creation, and the importance of training and education- both pillars of my self-defined mandate, a collaboration with CERN within the framework of “Horizon 2020 “ has been set up for the MSCA (Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions) co-funding, to further engage CSC in schooling, and coaching young researchers for technological and scientific careers.

If you have not already done so, I strongly encourage any member of the community of scientists, engineers working in applied superconductivity, as well as people who believe in the opportunities this community can offer, to affiliate with the Council through this link. There is no cost for this affiliation, and the access and benefits you will receive should prove invaluable.

In the coming year, I will devote my efforts as President of CSC to keep the community growing, with the help and support of all of the many volunteers who make us a vibrant Council. I hope you will join me as a proud member of this community, furthering the applications of superconductivity in order to advance technology for humanity, as this is our mission in IEEE!
Antonio della Corte
President, IEEE Council on Superconductivity

2015 IEEE CSC Awards

Special Awards Presented to Mukhanov, Thome, Markiewicz, Hong, and Hawksworth

The Council on Superconductivity presented special awards in 2015 to recognize outstanding contributions in the field of applied superconductivity by senior researchers, engineers and managers. Awards were presented during ceremonies at the International Superconductive Electronics Conference (ISEC) in Nagoya, Japan, the European Conference on Applied Superconductivity (EUCAS) in Lyon, France, and at the International Conference on Magnet Technology 24 (MT-24) in Seoul, Korea.

The IEEE Award for Continuing and Significant Contributions in the Field of Applied Superconductivity recognizes a living individual for a career of meritorious achievements and outstanding technical contributions in the field of applied superconductivity.  In 2015, this Award for contributions to small‐scale applications was presented to Dr. Oleg Mukhanov (Hypres, Inc.) at ISEC, while the Awards for large- scale applications were presented to Mr. Denis Markiewicz (Florida State University) in Lyon during EUCAS, and to Dr. Richard J. Thome (RJ Thome Consulting Services, LLC) at MT-24 in Korea.

2015 marked the second year that the IEEE Council on Superconductivity awarded The IEEE Dr. James Wong Award for Continuing and Significant Contributions to Applied Superconductor Materials Technology, which is named after Dr. James Wong. Dr. Wong received The IEEE Award for Continuing and Significant Contributions in the Field of Applied Superconductivity in the area of materials research in 2011.  The Award was presented to Dr. Seung Ok Hong (Oxford Superconducting Technology) at the MT-24 conference in Seoul, Korea.

The final Award presented by the Council on Superconductivity in 2015 was The IEEE Max Swerdlow Award for Sustained Service to the Applied Superconductivity Community, which recognizes individuals who over a career have played a role in organizing and managing large industrial or government programs in applied superconductivity applications. This year during the MT-24 ceremony, the Award was presented to Dr. David G. Hawksworth (Tokamak Energy).

Each of the awardees received an engraved plaque, an inscribed niobium medallion, and an honorarium of US$ 5,000. Full citations and awardee details can be found here.

2015 Awardees

Dr. Oleg Mukhanov

Mr. Denis Markiewicz

Dr. Seung Ok Hong

Dr. Richard J. Thome

Dr. David G. Hawksworth

Nominations are now being sought for Special Awards to be presented at the Applied Superconductivity Conference in Denver, CO, 4-9 September 2016.

Nomination forms are available at
Deadline Extension: Nominations are due 11 March 2016.

For additional information about these Awards and previous recipients, please go to:

John Przybysz, Denis Markiewicz, and Antonio della Corte (EUCAS; Lyon, France)

CSC 2015 AdCom Meeting

The annual CSC AdCom meeting took place on Saturday, June 27th, 2015 in Tucson, AZ, USA in conjunction with CEC-ICMC 2015. The AdCom discussed a wide range of CSC Activities including Awards, Publications, Conferences, etc.
We are very excited about the future of the Council and encourage you to get involved! The full Council AdCom is listed on this page: If you are a member of one of the Council’s member societies, we encourage you to contact your representative(s) on the AdCom with any comments or suggestions for the Council. If you are not a member of a Council member society, please reach out to the CSC Administrator, Jennifir McGillis at, with any comments or suggestions you may have to improve the Council’s efforts.

Profile Articles of Superconductivity People

Superconductivity People

The IEEE Council on Superconductivity is pleased to continue one of its newest initiatives. The Council has begun conducting interviews of distinguished members of the Superconductivity community and will release these interviews in the form of Profile Articles. Here we bring you the first Profile Article on Christopher M. Rey. You can download the PDF of this Article here, or view it on the website here.
We are excited to release the articles on interesting and influential people in our field. If you would like to nominate someone for an interview, please contact the CSC Administrator, Jennifir McGillis at
Our next interviewee, Justin Schwartz, will be featured in our upcoming CSC Newsletter. 

IEEE CSC Graduate Study Fellowships

The Council on Superconductivity Committee on Graduate Fellowships is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 IEEE Council on Superconductivity Graduate Study Fellowship:
  • Angelo Di Bernardo, University of Cambridge
  • Guangze Li, The Ohio State University
  • Yingzhen Liu, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • Emmanuele Ravaioli, University of Twente
  • Matthew Reagor, Yale University
  • Claudia Stahl, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems
We are very pleased to see that this Fellowship, in a short time since its inception, has become a very competitive and important award. Congratulations to all the 2015 winners!
Applications are in for the 2016 IEEE CSC Graduate Study Fellowship. They opened on November 1, 2015, and closed on January 15, 2016. Visit to view the application, further information, and the list of past fellowship recipients.
Prize Items: Each IEEE CSC Graduate Study Fellowship in Applied Superconductivity will consist of: an honorarium of US$ 5,000, a suitably inscribed certificate, and a complimentary membership (or renewal) in IEEE and one of CSC's sponsoring Societies.
Description: The fellowship is awarded annually to a full-time graduate student pursuing a PhD (or equivalent) degree in the area of applied superconductivity, at an accredited college or university of recognized standing worldwide. The intention of the award is to encourage students to enter and contribute to the field of applied superconductivity.
Frequency: Annually, provided suitably qualified candidates are identified.
Funds: IEEE Council on Superconductivity will provide the funding for these awards:
Each Award will have an associated honorarium of US $5,000.Funds for this award will be provided by the IEEE Council on Superconductivity. The maximum number of awards in a given year will be determined by the number of highly qualified candidates and the total Fellowship budget provided by the Council on Superconductivity for that year. The IEEE Council on Superconductivity’s budget will remain net positive with the inclusion of funding for these fellowships.
Administration: This award will be administered by the IEEE Council on Superconductivity.
Eligibility: To be eligible, the recipient must be pursuing full-time graduate work at an accredited college/university and pursuing or planning to pursue research activities in applied superconductivity.  The applicant must have majored in engineering, materials, chemistry, physics or a related area and have received a Bachelor's Degree or equivalent from an accredited college of recognized standing worldwide. Applicants are required to submit certified transcripts from all colleges/universities attended and three letters of recommendation from college/university professors familiar with the applicant's work.  Award recipients will be selected based upon the quality of their prior work, the impact of their current research or the impact of their potential research in superconductivity, and their financial need. We expect to distribute the Awards equally across the electronics, materials and large-scale areas of superconductivity.  In addition, the awards will be distributed across a diverse range of universities or colleges in terms of applications and geographical location.  The CSC Graduate Fellowship in Applied Superconductivity can be awarded to an individual no more than two times. The Eligibility and Selection process shall comply with procedures and regulation established in IEEE and Council governing documents, particularly with IEEE Policy 4.4 on Awards Limitations.
Award Committee: The Graduate Fellowship Award Committee will consist of a Chair, appointed by the President of the Council on Superconductivity, and 7 members selected by the Chair, with the approval of the CSC President. The President of the IEEE Council on Superconductivity will be an ex-officio non-voting member. The President may appoint additional non-voting ex-officio members. The voting members should have diverse backgrounds and be distributed both geographically and among the 3 categories: electronics, materials and large-scale superconductivity.
Schedule: Applications must be received no later than January 15, 2016. The committee will review the proposals and make a decision. The successful applicants will be informed of the award at least 8 weeks prior to the event at which the award is to be presented so that they can attend and be recognized. It is not required that awardees attend the award event to receive the award.
More information on the IEEE CSC Graduate Study Fellowship and information on how to apply for the 2017 Fellowships, can be found here:

Conference Information

To see a full list of upcoming conferences, please go to the CSC Events Calendar on the CSC website.

The 26th International Cryogenic Engineering Conference/International Cryogenic Materials Conference 2016 (ICEC 26–ICMC 2016) will be held March 7-11, 2016 in New Delhi, India.

This is a biennial international conference on cryogenic engineering and cryogenics materials started by the International Cryogenic Engineering Committee and the International Cryogenic Material Committee. For some years, the host country has been alternating between Europe and Asia. It will be the second such conference going to be held in India. The only earlier conference (ICEC 18) held in India was at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in the year 2000. The present conference is being hosted jointly by the Indian Cryogenics Council (ICC) and the Inter-University Accelerator Centre (IUAC), in the historical city of New Delhi. Being the capital city, New Delhi is well connected by air with all the major cities across the globe.

The main objective of the ICEC 26 - ICMC 2016 conferences has been to bring together researchers from R&D institutions, universities and industries, to stimulate fruitful exchange and dissemination of information and ideas in the field of cryogenic engineering and materials. Futuristic trends in the ongoing large superconducting and cryogenic projects are expected to be the focus.

Registration is now open!

8th Workshop on Mechanical and Electromagnetic Properties of Composite Superconductors (MEM 2016) will be held March 21-23 in Tallahassee, Florida.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Stress and strain levels in magnets
  • Stress and strain levels in superconducting cables
  • Microscopic studies of strain effects
  • Parametric studies and modeling of strain effects
  • Electromechanical characterization of LTS and HTS wires and tapes
  • Benchmark testing of stress and strain experiments

2016 MRS Spring Meeting & Exhibit will be held March 28- April 1, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona.

The 2016 MRS Spring Meeting and Exhibit will be held at the Phoenix Convention Center:

Phoenix Convention Center
100 North 3rd Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85004

Tailoring Superconductors—  Materials and Devices from Basic Science to Applications at the forthcoming meeting in Phoenix, AZ. This is the latest in a long running line of spring meeting symposia and aims to attract researchers interested in all materials aspects of Superconductivity. This year the Symposium is sponsored by, among others, the European Society for Applied Superconductivity (ESAS).

Superconducting materials are inherently complex materials systems with significant potential for "tailoring" or “design” for specific applications. This symposium will explore the development and application of superconducting materials in both well established and emerging applications, such as quantum computing, power transmission, MRI, detectors and rotating machinery. Contributions are encouraged across all superconducting materials; including low-Tc superconductors, A15 materials, cuprate superconductors, MgB2, NbN and Iron Based Superconductors. Emphasis will be placed on the challenges facing the development of fundamental materials and their applications as well as those specifically involved in facilitating a transition from basic science and discovery to applications.

In this MRS TV interview, Meeting Chair Roger Narayan discusses some of the exciting changes in store for attendees at the 2016 MRS Spring Meeting in Phoenix.

Conference Website

FCC Week 2016 to be held 11-15 April at the Crowne Plaza Rome - St. Peter's.

Via Aurelia Antica 415 P.O.Box 9076, Rome - 00165, Italy 

This second Annual Meeting of the Future Circular Collider study brings together the leading minds in engineering and science to exchange information about the design progress and to set the goals for the coming year. On this occasion, dedicated technology R&D programmes ready to be launched at the international level, or already launched, will be presented. New links between institutes will be forged and the core collaboration will strengthen its bonds. The meeting will also serve as EuroCirCol collaboration meeting, with several sessions covering the main activities of this EU co-funded programme. Register now to take advantage of discount pricing for event and accommodation.

Chair of the Organizing Committee:  
Michael Benedikt (CERN)
Frank Zimmerman (CERN) 

Chair of the Local Organizing Committee:
Manuela Boscolo (INFN-LNF)

5th International Conference on Superconductivity and Magnetism- ICSM2016 to be held in Fethiye/Blue Lagoon, Turkey (Ölüdeniz), between 24th – 30th April, 2016.

This is the fifth edition of the international series of foremost and unique conferences. ICSM2016 will be an interdisciplinary forum for fruitful exchange of knowledge on the latest experimental results and theoretical advances in superconductivity. Magnetism, innovative advanced materials, their applications incorporating related technologies.

The scientific program will be designed in order to:
i)  Bring together world-recognized experts whose diverse expertise should stimulate discussions and push cutting edge research and collaborations.
ii) Explore some of the big challenges and convergences raised by “unconventional” superconductors and magnetic materials. The selected specific topics are those whose emergence and rapid development thought to be most relevant in making definite progress and open new directions.

Moreover, organizing team will make every effort so that all-important issues will be addressed clearly during the unhampered discussions which will be the hallmarks of ICSM2016. High critical temperature superconductivity in cuprates raises the crucial point of the role of doping in addressing any mechanism. Whether lightly doped cuprates are inherently different from heavily doped, cuprates -presumably more conventional- requires scrutinizing the phase diagram and the nature of the pseudogap phase. The interplay between superconductivity, magnetism, and quantum critically -most effectively studied in heavy fermions, and in rapid evolution in this field- may be central in both theoretical and experimental approaches. The interplay of magnetism in Fe based pnictides, their fundamental complex diagram and their potential applications will also be debated in addition to hot topics of topological superconductors, triplet superconductivity and fundamentals in insulator-superconductor transitions. We also consider focused sessions on MgB2, multi-band nature, their mechanisms, materials properties and applications. All these phenomena may be thought of as pertaining to the concept of emergence of new states of matter out of complex interactions.

The search for new innovative functional materials is a hallmark of the field. Superconductivity and magnetism at the nanoscale (e.g. carbon nanotubes, graphene and nanodevices), magnetic nanoparticles and nano structures will also be addressed, as a key for new developments. We also have sessions for spintronics, spin caloritronics, mulilayers, device physics, spin valves and giant magnetoresistive devices, hard discs for personal computers and relevant wide range of hot topics in magnetism, magnetic materials and their applications.
Conference Website

The 2016 Applied Superconductivity Conference (ASC’16) to be held 4-9 September at the Colorado Convention Center in the “Mile High City” of Denver.

We celebrate 50 years of Applied Superconductivity Conferences set against the backdrop of the magnificent Rocky Mountains. Denver offers a multitude of warm sunny days and pleasant nights to enjoy the many attractions in the area. The city has a high walkability rating and many parks and bike paths along waterways. Outdoor activities are within an hour’s drive while cultural activities, such as the Denver Art Museum, are nearby to the convention center.

We also offer the living technical sessions that build and extend the art and science of applied superconductivity that was started 50 years ago.

On behalf of the organizers, the ASC Board of Directors, and the many volunteers serving on the program committee who help arrange for a world-class conference, we welcome you to Denver in September 2016. We also bring you a dedicated editorial staff, who will ensure a high-quality issue of the IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity after the conference.

Kathleen Amm         Al Zeller
Chair, ASC 2016     Co-Chair, ASC 2016


Superconductivity News Forum

Superconductivity News Forum Special Announcement

The Superconductivity News Forum (SNF) is proud to announce that Herbert C. Freyhardt,  SNF Deputy Editor-in-Chief, has been awarded the ICMC Cryogenic Materials Award for Lifetime Achievements. Professor Herbert C. Freyhardt became the sixth recipient of the Award and was recognized at the Cryogenic Engineering Conference/International Cryogenic Materials Conference (CEC-ICMC) in Tucson, Arizona on June 29, 2015.
The ICMC Award for Lifetime Achievement is presented to an individual to “recognize a lifetime’s achievement in advancing the knowledge of cryogenic materials”. The selection by the international awards committee is based on the quality and innovation of the nominee’s research, the international recognition gained for the work, the worldwide reputation of the candidate, and the candidate’s impact on the field.
Professor David Cardwell, professor of superconductivity at the University of Cambridge and Chair of the ICMC Awards Committee, wrote “It is both a privilege and pleasure for the ICMC Board, on behalf of the worldwide cryogenic materials community, to present the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award to Professor Herbert C. Freyhardt. Herbert’s high quality research combined with tireless efforts to serve the community and to advance the field of superconductivity, and particularly regarding its industrial application, make Professor Freyhardt an excellent award recipient.” The award was presented by Professor Michael Sumption of Ohio State University, the ICMC conference chairman, who shared the award citation with attendees:
“The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented for his contribution to the development of type II superconducting materials for practical applications, to the understanding of the effects of flux pinning on the applied properties of these materials and for his general outstanding contribution to the superconductivity community during a long and distinguished career.”

Contributions to Upcoming Issues

Submissions are being solicited, subject to review and approval. We invite members of the global superconductivity community to submit online contributions in the following categories:

Event Highlights
Letters to the Editor
New Papers and Results Highlights (Sci. & Techn. Highlights)
Regional News and History Papers
Science & Technology Communications
Science and Technology Papers

In addition, online issues of Superconductivity News Forum contain invited overviews of selected activity areas and of topics of interest. Suggestions and proposals for reviews by potential authors can be submitted at any time. For more information, click here.

IEEE Senior Membership & IEEE Fellows

IEEE Senior Membership and IEEE Fellows

The Council is an IEEE organization formed by its member societies to provide an IEEE focal point for applied superconductivity practitioners.  If you are not already an IEEE member, we invite you to consider joining and, while signing up, affiliating with the Council on Superconductivity at no additional cost. 
IEEE membership provides an array of benefits, professionally as well as personally/individually.  You can explore the benefits of IEEE membership and sign up here:  As an IEEE member, you can affiliate with the Council here: You might also want to consider, for an additional fee, joining one of the Council’s sponsor societies, listed here:
If you are well into your career in applied superconductivity, you are probably a candidate for Senior Membership in the IEEE.  For IEEE members, elevation to Senior Member grade conveys a much deserved recognition of your status in the field. Such elevation can be accomplished through a simple application process described here:
The Council is always pleased to aid in the process of completing Senior Member applications for qualified applicants. Please contact the CSC Administrator, Jennifir McGillis, at if you are interested in having the Council assist you in the processing of your application. You must provide us with a copy of your CV as well as your IEEE member number. Applications for elevation to Senior Member can be done at any time during the year. You will need to contact three references who must be IEEE senior members or IEEE Fellows. If you are not familiar with colleagues who can be references, the Council will be glad to supply references depending on the technical content of your CV. The Council also provides lists of Senior Members affiliated with applied superconductivity on the CSC website:
Status as Senior Member is a pre-requisite to the very prestigious elevation to the grade of IEEE Fellow.  Elevation to the grade of Fellow is a rigorous process with a yearly deadline for submitting completed nominations, usually within the first three months of the year.  Each year’s new “Class of Fellows” is announced at the end of the year. The number of Fellows created each year is less than one tenth of one percent of the IEEE membership.
I am confident that our community has a large number of deserving contributors who should be recognized as Senior Members as well as a number of distinguished colleagues who should be nominated (by other IEEE Members and Fellows) for consideration for elevation to the grade of Fellow. I invite you to take the time to consider these important professional recognition opportunities for yourself or one of your colleagues.