IEEE CSC Graduate Study Fellowship in Applied Superconductivity

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. 

Each IEEE CSC Graduate Study Fellowship in Applied Superconductivity will consist of an honorarium of US$ 5,000 and a suitably inscribed certificate.
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.
Awards may be announced at the Applied Superconductivity Conference, at the Magnet Technology conference, or at other events designated by the President of the IEEE Council on Superconductivity.
Basis for Judging:
Award recipients will be selected based upon, in rank order: the quality of their prior work, the impact of their current research, impact of their potential research in superconductivity and their financial need. If a conflict of interest for any voting member or ex-officio member is identified with respect to an application for award, such as an application from a student with institutional or familial ties to the member, the member shall recuse themselves from the selection process for the application.
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 only once.
Application Details:

Application form and all letters of support need to be submitted by 1 February of the award year.

Application Form:

Thanatheepan Balachandran

His research interest includes modeling ac losses in fully superconducting machines and performing multi-physics optimization to reach better machine performances. He also leads a 10-MW fully superconducting wind turbine study funded by NSF at UIUC. He also works as a Principal Electrical Engineer at Hinetics, focusing on overseeing prototyping efforts and electromagnetic design of MW scale motors. Mr. Balachandran was responsible for prototyping efforts on the UIUC-NASA 1-MW motor including winding qualification and stator assembly/qualification.

Marco Colangelo

Marco’s research has been focused on developing devices based on superconducting nanowires. His research was first devoted to improving superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors for applications in classical and quantum communication. He is currently focused on studying the microwave properties of superconducting nanowires and how these can be harnessed to develop ultra-compact electronic devices. The development of a cryogenic microwave electronic platform based on superconducting nanowire might provide a path for scaling up superconducting quantum technology.

Jose Ferradas Troitino

His PhD thesis, done both at University of Geneva and CERN, covers two different domains in the field of Applied Superconductivity: Large Scale and Materials, shedding new light into the mechanical behaviour of an accelerator magnet during a quench. Since 2021, he is working in the production of the new Nb3Sn quadrupole magnets (MQXF) for the High-Luminosity upgrade of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. These will be the first Niobium-Tin magnets ever installed in a particle accelerator.

S. Imam Hossain

Over the last few years, Bi-2212 has made profound advancements to become a commercially viable superconductor. My work has shed light on some key current limiting factors in Bi-2212 and opened up an opportunity to improve the performance by addressing these issues. I am grateful to my excellent colleagues at the Applied Superconductivity Center for their support.

Alessandro Miano

During the last (third) year of my Ph.D., I was admitted as a Visiting Research Assistant in the Yale Applied Physics Department, where I developed and experimentally characterized a superconducting parametric amplifier with an independent in-situ control of two Hamiltonian coefficients. I firmly believe that the enormous potential of superconducting quantum circuits for the implementation of the future quantum processors has to be exploited by introducing more complicated and sophisticated circuital solutions: as we are now in the ENIAC-era of quantum computing, the path to large-scale quantum processors will be plenty of exciting and challenging tasks!

Hongye Zhang

He is currently a research associate with the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Manchester, working on superconducting electrical machines for future aircraft with zero CO2 emissions in a UK collaboration programme called H2GEAR. His research interests mainly include modelling of high-temperature superconductors, design of superconducting machines, and analysis of high-power electromagnetics.

Andrea Alimenti

I would like to continue working on high frequencies characterization methods, always following a metrological approach. I hope that the knowledge and experiences developed during my PhD education will help me in finding new solutions that are useful for the realization of challenging technological applications of SCs.

Farzad Faramarzi

My main project is to simulate, design and fabricate a dual-purpose superconducting circuit that can operate as an on-chip Fourier transfer spectrometer (FTS) and a traveling-wave kinetic inductance parametric amplifier (TKIP). By taking advantage of the nonlinearity, we can design novel superconducting circuits that can be used in astrophysics and quantum computing.

Enrico Felcini

I strongly believe that my PhD can substantially impact the field of applied superconductivity by contributing to the technological development of LTS and HTS magnets for medical applications. Pursuing the GaToroid project up to its implementation as a clinical device could also open new market opportunities for superconducting magnets and, most importantly, use superconductivity to affect the well-being of oncological patients all over the world.

Gleb Krylov

I would like to apply my expertise to develop novel approaches for control and readout of qubits, in particular, within large scale systems. Another important topic in this area is the 3-D integration. I intend to investigate the challenges introduced by the third dimension, including thermal and magnetic sources of decoherence, and optimal control within dense complex arrays. In addition, I would like to develop EDA approaches for intermediate and large-scale quantum processors.

Jun Ma

I plan to contribute to the field of applied superconductivity through four important and promising research directions in my future career: fundamental phenomenon and mechanism of superconductivity, numerical modelling on high-temperature superconductor (HTS), HTS high field magnet, and HTS medical applications. Most importantly, the responsibility I feel highly motivated to shoulder is by no means only limited to technology and research. Therefore, I will continuously strive to create the equal and sterling learning opportunities that I have been given for every worthy student.

Miranda Thompson

I intend to contribute a more comprehensive understanding of Josephson junction (JJ) barrier physics to the field of applied superconductivity. More accurate models will directly lead to more accurate simulations, and more accurate simulations are necessary for designing better working superconductive circuits.

Lorenzo Bortot

Overall, I will push my HTS technology in high-field magnets for particle accelerators research in both its theoretical and technological aspects. I will integrate the rigorous mathematical perspective of the TEMF Institute at TU Darmstadt and the great expertise of CERN in magnets for accelerators.

Tahereh Jabbari

I am working on logic locking techniques in superconductive electronics to improve security in superconductive technology. Also, SCE electronic design automation (EDA) tools in SFQ technology can be improved security analysis and failures in superconductive electronics. Significant progress in this project and fabrication techniques can result from programmable routing structure and programmable switches of the SFQ FPGA design in the field of applied superconductivity in the future.

Federica Pierro

I would like to continue my research by experimentally investigating the behavior of HTS cables. Using skills acquired during my Ph.D., I would combine the experiments with finite element modelling. Finally, I would like to expand my knowledge working on aspects relevant to magnet design, where I believe my knowledge of finite element modeling and testing would be well suited.

Nicolò Riva

If now I think of the issues that our field is facing, such as penetrating the market, I am certain that it is our responsibility to transmit to people, not necessarily experts in the field, the importance, and the high impact that Superconductivity and the Science in general have on the world.

Emily Toomey

During the past four years, I have researched thermal nonlinearities in superconducting nanowires and how to use them for the development of new devices. In my future work, I aspire to continue investigating how superconducting nanowire dynamics can be controlled and harnessed for the development of new electronics.

Abigail Wessels

Through my involvement with optimization of soft x-ray TESs, I intend to help broaden the impact of the applied superconductivity field and continue to increase its relevance within the scientific community. As TESs become used more commonly for fundamental research in biology, chemistry and physics the impact of our work increases in scale and scope.

Naveen Kumar Katam

Boyang Shen

Andrea Zappatore

Federico Scurti

Soumen Kar