Recent Awardees 2014

Recent Awardees 2014

RECENT IEEE AWARD RECIPIENTS 2014

The IEEE Council on Superconductivity presented a number of IEEE Awards, Prizes and Fellowships during an Award Ceremony which was held prior to the Opening Plenary Session at the Applied Superconductivity Conference at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, NC on Monday, 11 August 2014. View the video of this presentation here: http://ieeecsc.org/pages/ieee-csc-awards-asc-2014-videos
 
THE IEEE AWARD FOR CONTINUING AND SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO
THE FIELD OF APPLIED SUPERCONDUCTIVITY
(SMALL SCALE APPLICATIONS)
 
Catherine P. Foley
Catherine P. Foley
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO)
 
For continuing and significant contributions in the field of superconductor electronic applications, in particular,
  • for the development of a novel form of YBCO, grain boundary Josephson junction and its incorporation into sensitive HTS SQUID magnetometer systems,
  • for the development and commercialization of the LANDTEM geophysical survey system that has located mineral deposits worth more than US$ 6 billion, and,
  • for her service to the applied superconductivity community through service on numerous committees and boards, including those promoting the recruiting and mentoring of women in science and engineering.
 
Kent D. Irwin
Kent D. Irwin
Stanford University
 
For continuing and significant contributions in the field of superconductor electronic applications, in particular,
  • for proposing and demonstrating the concept of voltage biased transition edge sensors (TES) which yielded extremely stable operation for these devices, 
  • for demonstrating and implementing various multiplexing approaches for TES sensors including SQUID-based times division multiplexing (TDM), code division multiplexing (CDM) and microwave frequency division multiplexing (μFDM) as the means to realize arrays with higher multiplexing factors and/or higher bandwidth, and, 
  • for overseeing and implementing the construction of many large TES sensor arrays that have been deployed in various applications, such soft x-ray analysis for material analysis, alpha particle detection for nuclear treaty verification and for understanding details of the formation of the universe.
 
THE IEEE AWARD FOR CONTINUING AND SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE FIELD
OF APPLIED SUPERCONDUCTIVITY
(LARGER SCALE APPLICATIONS)
 
Arnaud Devred
Arnaud Devred
ITER International Organization
 
For continuing and significant contributions in the field of large scale applications of superconductivity, in particular,
  • for his leadership of a group of scientists at the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) project who defined test procedures and analytic tools for assessing conformity of magnet performance to the design specifications,
  • for managing the Next Europe Dipole (NED) program, which successfully developed a high performance Nb3Sn wire and carried out the design analyses of a 88-mm-aperture, 15-T dipole magnet for LHC upgrade, and,
  • for his activities as Technical Responsible Officer for the in-kind procurement of the superconducting Cable-In-Conduit Conductors (CICCs) used in the manufacture of the sophisticated magnet system at the heart of the ITER tokamak.
 
Bruce Gamble
Bruce Gamble
AMSC
 
For continuing and significant contributions in the field of large-scale superconductor power applications, in particular, for his leadership and technical contributions to,
  • the development of LTS and HTS rotating machinery, culminating in successful demonstration of a 36 Megawatt HTS ship propulsion motor, and,
  • the demonstration of an 8 Megawatt HTS synchronous condenser and,
  • HTS fault current limiters, culminating in the demonstration of a transmission level system for the electric power grid.
 
 
Evangelos Trifon Laskaris
Evangelos Trifon Laskaris
General Electric Global Research Center
 
For pioneering contributions to the design and construction of superconducting magnets for magnetic resonance imaging systems, and continued efforts to increase affordability and penetration of MRI equipment to underserved regions of the world, in particular,
  • for his pioneering leadership in designs and technologies that resulted in commercial production of MRI magnets with reduced fringe field, improved patient comfort and higher image quality,
  • for his effort to produce the first cryogen-free conduction cooled superconducting magnet for MRI systems, 
  • for his pioneering contributions in the development of superconducting rotating machines for power generation including a 20-MVA utility-type generator, and a 20-MW high-power-density generator for the U.S. Air Force.
 
Justin Schwartz
Justin Schwartz
North Carolina State University
 
For continuing and significant contributions in the field of large scale applications of superconductivity, in particular,
  • for his pioneering work in the development of high field superconducting magnet using high temperature superconductors;
  • for his innovative research into quench detection and protection of HTS magnets,  including the use of ancillary materials and novel computational approaches for conductor and magnet optimization, and,
  • for training numerous graduate students and post-doctoral researchers  in applied superconductivity and partnering with small businesses to promote the growth of an HTS-based industry.
 
THE IEEE DR. JAMES WONG AWARD FOR CONTINUING AND SIGNIFICANT
CONTRIBUTIONS TO APPLIED SUPERCONDUCTIVITY MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY
 
Peter Lee
Peter J. Lee
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.
 
 
Venkat S
Venkat Selvamanickam
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.
 
THE IEEE MAX SWERDLOW AWARD FOR SUSTAINED SERVICE TO THE APPLIED
SUPERCONDUCTIVITY COMMUNITY
 
Paul Ching-Wu Chu
Paul Ching-Wu Chu
Texas Center for Superconductivity at the University of Houston
 
For sustained leadership and exceptional service to the applied superconductivity community, in particular,
  • for his efforts in establishing and promoting major programs in applied superconductivity funded by US and international federal agencies,
  • for being a forceful proponent of applied superconductivity by organizing and encouraging workshops, conferences, and committees to advance US and international cooperation in the field, and
  • for his role as Founding Director and Chief Scientist of the Texas Center for Superconductivity at the University of Houston, where he built one of the outstanding multidisciplinary academic research centers in superconductivity with activities spanning basic materials investigation, optimization of materials for potential applications, and, ultimately, the use of these materials in a variety of small- and large-scale applications.
 
Harold Weinstock
Harold Weinstock
Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)
 
For sustained leadership and exceptional service to the applied superconductivity community, in particular,
  • for his long term efforts promoting the use of SQUID magnetometry in various application areas especially non-destructive evaluation and biomagnetic imaging,
  • for organizing and chairing a series of NATO Advanced Study Instituted dealing with superconductivity and applied superconductivity that introduced a large number of current generation researchers to the field, and,
  • for formulating and directing a very strong programs at the Air Force Office of Scientific Research focused on both large-scale and small-scale applications of superconductivity, involving academic, government and industrial researchers, and in basic research in superconductivity including programs directed at the search for room temperature superconductivity.
 
THE IEEE COUNCIL ON SUPERCONDUCTIVITY  CARL H. ROSNER
ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARD
 
Christopher Rey
Christopher M. Rey
Energy-2-Power Solutions (E2P)
(formerly Tai-Yang Research Co.)
 
For demonstrating outstanding entrepreneurship skills in the field of applied superconductivity, in particular,
  • for founding Tai-Tang Research Co. which became Energy-2-Power (E2P) with the goal of commercializing HTS products including: magnets, current leads, cables, and power equipment, and,
  • for the development of innovative HTS degaussing and cryogenic  cable connector technologies which were successfully transitioned to US Navy surface combatant ships.