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Message from the President
Message from the President
Over the past two decades, the field of Applied Superconductivity has undergone strong stimulus and corresponding growth, due to advanced scientific and engineering needs, most notably from the establishment of two major international research facilities: LHC (Large Hadron Collider) and ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor). The production of low temperature superconducting materials, in particular Nb3Sn, has increased from an annual production of few tons to more than 1,000 tons! In recent years, driven by the increasing need for energy efficient power generation and distribution, the use of high temperature superconductors for power transmission lines started, opening a market that in the next years could lead to major new superconducting products and markets.
This progress in technology application has inevitably led to an increase in the number of scientists, engineers, and technicians working in the field of applied superconductivity and enhanced the size and reach of the applied superconductivity community. The growth of the number of affiliated scientists and engineers of our Council to about 3,500 is another sign of this positive change in our community. If you are a member of the community of scientists and engineers working in applied superconductivity or are thinking about opportunities in this community and have not yet affiliated with our Council, I invite you to do so through this link.
My primary goal as President of the Council will be to sustain and grow our community, in size as well as in the quality of our research and engineering output. To support this goal, we will to encourage young researchers and graduates to continue on their path of continued and increased involvement in applied superconductivity through the activities of regional Chapters of our Council. I believe CSC Chapters can provide a very useful link to the local scientific and engineering communities, enhance networking for all who are active in our field, and offer unique learning as well as volunteering opportunities. The expansion and increased diversity of our Council through new and diverse members of our Chapters will be the key to our growth.
Italy, which has about 900M€ of R&D and engineering contracts in superconductivity, has just launched the first Chapter of our Council and we hope that a Chapter in Germany will follow in the near future.
My vision as President is to continue and grow this expansion and increased diversity, following humbly the laudable accomplishments of my predecessors.
I will seek and greatly appreciate your support and help to promote the applications of superconductivity in the service of humanity, consistent with IEEE’s motto of “Advancing Technology for Humanity.”
Antonio della Corte