IEEE Dr. James Wong Award for Continuing and Significant Contributions to Applied Superconductor Materials Technology

The award recognizes a living individual for a career of meritorious achievements and outstanding technical contributions in the field of applied superconductor materials technology, over a period of time (nominally more than twenty years) based on novel and innovative concepts and theories proposed by the individual, the authorship or co-authorship of many publications of major significance to the field of applied superconductor materials technology, and the impact that the candidate’s contributions have had on the development and maturing of applied superconductivity.

Historical Background:

This award is named for Dr. James Wong who received the IEEE Award for Continuing and Significant Contributions in the Field of Applied Superconductivity in 2011 for his pioneering work in producing commercial grade superconducting cables and conductors. In 1962, Dr. Wong founded Supercon, Inc. which has produced a variety of niobium-titanium and niobium-tin superconducting wires, cables and conductors for many commercial and research application and has supplied production quantities of high-quality superconducting wire for a longer time than any other company in the world.

Prize:
Recipients will receive a $5,000 honorarium, a suitably inscribed plaque, and a medallion fabricated from niobium.
Funding:
The award is funded from an endowment by the Wong family, managed through the IEEE Foundation. If more than one award is given in any award year, the second award of $5,000 will be funded by the Council on Superconductivity. No more than two awards shall be presented during any award year.
Presentation:
To be presented during an awards ceremony at the Applied Superconductivity Conference or at other international conferences related to applied superconductivity as designated by the President of the IEEE Council on SuperConductivity.
Basis for Judgement:
For contribution to 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, and the impact that the candidate’s accomplishments have had on the development and maturing of applied superconductivity.
Eligibility:
The recipient must have been active in the field of applied superconductivity for at least twenty years; and must be able to attend the international conference related to applied superconductivity at which the Award will be made. The recipient does not have to be a member of the IEEE and there shall be no restrictions based on nationality, country of residence, age or gender. An individual may receive only one IEEE Council on SuperConductivity sponsored Award for his/her contributions to superconductor materials science and technology.
Nomination Details:

The online nomination form (including and all supporting information and letters of support) must be submitted by no later than 24 January of the award year.

Any questions regarding the nomination process for the Dr. James Wong Award should be directed to:

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

Nomination Form:
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Recipients

David Larbalestier

For significant and continuing contributions in the field of superconductive materials: leading to the identification of microstructural features that resulted in dramatic increases in the superconducting critical current density: in particular, for the identification and optimization of magnetic flux pinning centers and the identification and minimization of deleterious defects in superconducting wires and tapes.


Kyoji Tachikawa

For significant and continuing contributions in the field of superconducting materials: in particular, the pioneering research in innovative and intelligent materials processing techniques for the formation of superconducting wires and tapes, leading to the development of new high-field superconductors that incorporates useful intermetallic compounds.