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

To recognize a career of meritorious achievements and outstanding technical contributions by a living individual in the field of applied superconductivity over a period of time (nominally more than twenty years) based on novel and innovative concepts proposed by the individual, the authorship or co-authorship of a number of publications of major significance to the field of applied superconductivity, and the presentation of a number of invited and plenary talks at major national and international conferences and meetings.

Prize:
Recipients will receive a $5,000 honorarium, a suitably inscribed plaque, and a medallion fabricated from niobium. A waiving of the registration fee at the ASC where the award is given is included.
Funding:
Funded by the IEEE Council on Superconductivity. The award is funded via Council on Superconductivity Award Fund in the IEEE Foundation.
Presentation:
To be presented at a plenary session of the Applied Superconductivity Conference. After the selection has been made, the awardee shall be encouraged to make a presentation at that plenary session on a topic of his/her choice in the field of applied superconductivity.
Basis for Judgement:
Individuals will be judged for contributions in the field of applied superconductivity over a period of time (nominally more than twenty years) based on novel and innovative concepts proposed by the individual, the authorship or co-authorship of a number of publications of major significance to the field of applied superconductivity and the presentation of a number of invited and plenary talks at major national and international conferences and meetings in applied superconductivity.
Eligibility:
Must have been active in the field of applied superconductivity for at least twenty years; must have attended at least three Applied Superconductivity Conferences and must be able to attend the Applied Superconductivity Conference at which award will be made. Land and email submissions accepted.
Nomination Details:

Nominations of candidates for the IEEE Council on Superconductivity Awards can be made by any member of the applied superconductivity community (defined as anyone who has attended at least five previous international conferences on applied superconductivity). Members of the Awards Committee may also nominate candidates for the Award.

The documentation necessary to complete the nomination shall include a nomination letter, a detailed curriculum vitae (CV) and completed Nomination Form. The CV should contain detailed contact information for the candidate, the candidate’s educational and employment background, a list of honors, awards and other recognitions (both from IEEE and other organizations) that the candidate has received, and a list of his professional duties that document the role the candidate has played in advancing the science, technology, and commercialization of applied superconductivity. The Nomination Form asks the nominator to identify three (or four) major contributions the nominee has made toward the advancement of applied superconductivity and to describe the impact of these significant scientific, technological or management accomplishments have had on the field of applied superconductivity. Additionally, the nominator must include three letters of endorsement from other members of the applied superconductivity (defined as anyone who has attended at least five previous international conferences on applied superconductivity).

The online nomination form (including the letters of endorsement) must be completed no later than 11:59 PM  (UTC) on 24 January of the year in which the award will be presented (unless extension announced).

For further information on the Continuing and Significant Contributions in the Field of Applied Superconductivity Award, contact:

Joseph Minervini
Chair, Technical & Service Awards Committee
IEEE Council on Superconductivity
[email protected]

Nomination Form:
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Recipients

W. Denis Markiewicz

For continuing and significant contributions in the field of large-scale applications of superconductivity, in particular:
• for his contribution to the development of the technology for very high field solenoids, in the early days with Nb3Sn tape and later with REBCO tape;
• for delivering the first 600 MHz NMR spectrometer magnet, and contributions to the development of clinical magnetic resonance imaging magnets;
• for originating the Ultra-Wide-Bore 900 MHz NMR spectrometer magnet, which allowed significant advances in NMR science and technology;
• for his work on understanding the relation between critical temperature and strain in Nb3Sn.

Evangelos Trifon Laskaris

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.


Catherine P. Foley

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,
• 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.


Justin Schwartz

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.


Arnaud Devred

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 an 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.


Kent D. Irwin

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 to understanding details of the formation of the universe.


Bruce Gamble

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 a 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.

Joseph Minervini

For continuing and significant contributions in the field of large-scale applications of superconductivity, in particular,
• for his contributions to numerous magnet systems for fusion energy, magnetic levitation, energy storage, power generation and transmission, magnetic separation, high energy and nuclear physics, medical applications, and,
• for his contributions as the U. S. Principal Investigator for the International Reactor (ITER) project which resulted in the design, fabrication, and testing of the Central Solenoid Model Coil, then the world's largest and most powerful pulsed superconducting magnet.


Herman H. J. ten Kate

For continuous and significant contributions in the field of large-scale applications of Superconductivity, in particular for:
• his pioneering work in the construction of the first full-size accelerator dipole magnet employing Nb3Sn wire, operating above 11 tesla;
• his technical and managerial leadership in the design, construction, commissioning and operation of the ATLAS Superconducting Magnet System, and,
• training numerous young engineers and scientists on technical superconductors and application in magnet systems.


Vasili K. Semenov

For significant and sustained contributions in the field of superconductor digital electronic technology, in particular:
• for playing a major role in the invention and development of Rapid Single Flux Quantum (RSFQ) digital logic family based on the processing of single flux quanta in Josephson junction circuits,
• for his work in developing superconductor analog to digital and digital to analog converters,
• for his effort in development and experimental demonstration of physically reversible superconducting circuits with ultimately low power dissipation, and,
• for mentoring a significant number of the current generation of superconductor digital circuit designers.