2018 Awardees

IEEE COUNCIL ON SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AWARD RECIPIENTS 2018

 
 
AWARD FOR CONTINUING AND SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS IN
THE FIELD OF APPLIED SUPERCONDUCTIVITY (SMALL-SCALE APPLICATIONS)
 
DANIEL PROBER
DANIEL PROBER
Yale University
 

For continuing and significant contributions in the field of superconductive electronics, in particular:  

  • for pioneering work on SIS quasiparticle mixers, including the first demonstration of detector sensitivity approaching the quantum limit;
  • for inventing the diffusion-cooled hot electron bolometer, a high sensitivity and large-bandwidth superconducting heterodyne mixer;
  • for advancements in nanofabrication that have been used to develop ultra-sensitive devices based on superconducting nanostructures; and
  • for fundamental studies of noise in mesoscopic superconducting systems, which have improved our understanding of the sensitivity limits of superconducting devices.

AWARD FOR CONTINUING AND SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS IN THE FIELD
OF APPLIED SUPERCONDUCTIVITY (LARGE-SCALE APPLICATIONS)
 
Osami TSUKAMOTO
OSAMI TSUKAMOTO
Yokohama National University (Visiting Prof. of Sophia University)
 

For continuing and significant contributions in the field of large-scale applications of superconductivity, in particular:

  • for experimentally demonstrating by means of acoustic emission (AE) technique that mechanical disturbances are major sources of premature quenches in LTS adiabatic magnets;
  • for stochastic estimation of training effect of LTS adiabatic magnets;
  • for fundamental work in ac losses and transient heat transfer in superconducting generators; and
  • for his leading contributions to applied superconductivity programs, to student education, and exceptional engagement in his service to the community of Japan.

IEEE DR. JAMES WONG AWARD FOR CONTINUING AND SIGNIFICANT
CONTRIBUTIONS TO APPLIED SUPERCONDUCTOR MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY
 
BOB HAMMOND
ROBERT HAMMOND
Geballe Laboratory for Advanced Materials, Stanford University
 
For continuing and significant contributions in the field of superconducting materials research, in  particular,
  • for development of Ion Beam Assisted Deposition (IBAD) method for making textured buffer on flexible metal tapes, paving the way to manufacture HTS tapes in long production length with high mechanical strength required for very high field magnet;
  • for the first demonstration of ternary phase diagram to provide the correlation between in situ growth conditions and thermodynamic stability criteria for YBCO (ReBCO) superconductor, which showed the liquid process was the key in e-beam RCE and subsequent conversion process; and
  • for contributions to control of multi-source co-evaporation of superconducting films, making high-throughput, and cost-effective fabrication of HTS wire possible.

MAX SWERDLOW AWARD FOR SUSTAINED SERVICE TO THE APPLIED
SUPERCONDUCTIVITY COMMUNITY
 
SUE BUTLER
SUSAN W. BUTLER
University of Houston
 
For sustained service to the applied superconductivity community, in particular:
  • for building coalitions, and unstinting support at the local, state, national, and international level for meetings and conferences to promote applied superconductivity, technically and politically;
  • for outstanding encouragement and stimulation of high school and university students, teachers, and industry partners to explore applied superconductivity and help create the next generation of scientists and engineers; and
  • for championing women and promoting diversity in science, technology, and business.

THE IEEE COUNCIL ON SUPERCONDUCTIVITY CARL H. ROSNER ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARD
 
GIANNI GRASSO
Columbus Superconductors, SpA
 

For demonstrating outstanding entrepreneurship skills in the field of applied superconductivity, in particular:

  • founder of Columbus Superconductors SpA, a commercially successful company that produces MgB2 superconducting wire;
  • led development and made critical technical contributions to ex-situ processed MgB2 wires; and
  • led conductor manufacturing in a commercial environment. Under Dr. Grasso’s leadership, Columbus achieved high-quality, low variability, competitive costs in long lengths.