To recognize sustained service to the applied superconductivity community that has had a lasting influence on the advancement of the technology either through the demonstration of exceptional service to and leadership within the community, the formulation and promotion of major programs in applied superconductivity or through leadership and management roles in major research organization. Named after the late Max Swerdlow who, starting in the 1960’s and continuing for more than 20 years, served as Program Manager for Superconductivity at the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). His office funded the majority of the programs in the US on superconducting materials and large-scale applications of superconductivity other than those funded by the Department of Energy. Max Swerdlow’s dedication and perseverance in the support of these activities played a crucial role in the maturing of applied superconductivity. 

Historical Background:

The award is named for the late Max Swerdlow.  Starting in the 1960s and continuing for more than 20 years, he served as the Program Manager for Superconductivity at the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR).  His office funded the majority of the programs in the US on superconducting materials and large-scale applications of superconductivity other than those funded by the Department of Energy.  Max Swerdlow's dedication and perseverance in the support of these activities played a crucial role in the maturing of applied superconductivity.

Prize:
$5,000, Plaque suitably inscribed, and a medallion fabricated from niobium metal, at least ten centimeters in diameter and suitably engraved. Multiple awards are allowable.
Funding:
Funded by the IEEE Council on Superconductivity. In any given year, none, one or more awards may be made depending on the qualifications of the nominees and the availability of funds from the IEEE Council on Superconductivity. Award is funded via Council on Superconductivity Award Fund in the IEEE Foundation.
Presentation:
During an opening or plenary session of an appropriate international conference on applied superconductivity affiliated with the IEEE Council on Superconductivity.
Basis for Judgement:
Individual’s professional activities in the field of applied superconductivity and the perceived contribution of the individual to the advancement of the field of applied superconductivity.
Eligibility:
Sustained activity in the field of applied superconductivity for a minimum of about 20 years, irrespective, of the field of discipline or functions, performed to advance or promote the field of applied superconductivity. Candidates must be living, but can be retired at the time of the Award. The recipient is also expected to attend the international conference at which the Award would be presented. No individual can receive this award more than one time. Land and email submissions accepted.
Nomination Details:

Nomination Form and all supporting documents (including letters of support) must be completed no later than 24 January 2020.

For further information on the Max Swerdlow Award, contact:

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

Recipients

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Antonio della Corte

2019 Recipient of Max Swerdlow Award for Sustained Service to the Applied Superconductivity Community
For sustained leadership and exceptional service to the applied superconductivity community, in particular:
• for his founding and gifted leadership of the Italian Consortium for Applied Superconductivity (ICAS);
• for enthusiastic leadership of the Superconductivity Laboratory of the Italian National Research Agency, ENEA, and his tireless and successful efforts in motivating and stimulating its young scientists and engineers; and,
• for recognized leadership within the applied superconductivity community as researcher, member, and President of the IEEE Council on Superconductivity.

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Susan Butler

2018 Recipient of Max Swerdlow Award for Sustained Service to the Applied Superconductivity Community
For sustained service to the applied superconductivity community, in particular:
• for building coalitions, and unstinting support at the local, state, national, and international level for meetings and conferences to promote applied superconductivity, technically and politically;
• for outstanding encouragement and stimulation of high school and university students, teachers, and industry partners to explore applied superconductivity and help create the next generation of scientists and engineers; and
• for championing women and promoting diversity in science, technology, and business.
President Bruce Strauss and Tech/Service Awards Chair Joe Minervini recognize Sue Butler at ASC2018

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Kenichi Sato

2017 Recipient of Max Swerdlow Award for Sustained Service to the Applied Superconductivity Community
For sustained service to the applied superconductivity community, in particular:
• for developing magnet-grade HTS wires and their applications to power cables, magnets and motors (1988-2016),
• for serving as Secretary of IEC/TC90 (1989-2013), Program Officer of JST (2009-present) and Co-Editor of Superconductivity News Forum (2014-present)
• for serving as President of the Cryogenics and Superconductivity Society of Japan (2012-2016), and a Board Member of ICMC (2001-present).

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Richard E. Harris

2016 Recipient of Max Swerdlow Award for Sustained Service to the Applied Superconductivity Community
For sustained leadership and exceptional service to the applied superconductivity community, in particular,
• for exceptional leadership in growing the National Institute of Standards and Technology superconducting electronics program into one of the world's most creative and productive superconducting research and development organizations,
• for promoting a culture that takes superconducting electronics research from fundamental through to dissemination and
• for mentoring and encouraging exceptional scientists in the field of superconducting electronics.

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David G. Hawksworth

2015 Recipient of Max Swerdlow Award for Sustained Service to the Applied Superconductivity Community
For sustained leadership and exceptional service to the applied superconductivity community, in particular,
• for playing a key role in the process which has changed MRI from a scientific novelty to a reliable, trusted and widely available clinical procedure,
• for leading the development at Oxford Magnet Technology of 4T whole body and 1T and 1.5T active shield MRI systems and an ongoing range of cost and performance optimized MRI magnet systems, and
• for promoting a culture of quality and ‘best practice’ in the production of MRI magnets.

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Paul Ching-Wu Chu

2014 Recipient of Max Swerdlow Award for Sustained Service to the Applied Superconductivity Community
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 the US and international federal agencies,
• for being a forceful proponent of applied superconductivity by organizing and encouraging workshops, conferences, and committees to advance the 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.
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Harold Weinstock

2014 Recipient of Max Swerdlow Award for Sustained Service to the Applied Superconductivity Community
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 program 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.

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Robert Aymar

2013 Recipient of Max Swerdlow Award for Sustained Service to the Applied Superconductivity Community
For sustained service to the applied superconductivity community that has a lasting influence on the advancement of the technology, in particular:
• for promotion and leadership in the development of many large-scale superconducting magnet systems, such as Tore-Supra, LHC and ITER, and for directing research for the next generation devices beyond LHC and ITER, and,
• for chairing numerous committees for promoting academic research and organizing workshops related to applied superconductivity and large-scale superconducting magnets.

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Bruce Strauss

2012 Recipient of Max Swerdlow Award for Sustained Service to the Applied Superconductivity Community
For sustained service to the applied superconductivity community that has had a lasting influence on the advancement of the technology, in particular:
• for his leading role as researcher and manager at national laboratories, industry, in the U.S. Government, in R&D, production, and system engineering of superconducting wires and magnets
• for his pioneering work in combining vigorous engineering practices with solid cost analysis in the specification, design, and construction of a variety of challenging High Energy Physics projects, and,
• for his long-term leadership in the applied superconductivity community through his volunteer work in private and public sectors, guiding the activities of numerous conferences and organizations including the Applied Superconductivity Conference, the Magnet Technology Conference, and the IEEE Council on Superconductivity.

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Horst Rogalla

2011 Recipient of Max Swerdlow Award for Sustained Service to the Applied Superconductivity Community
For sustained service to the applied superconductivity community that has had a lasting influence on the advancement of the technology, in particular:
• for initiating and directing a broad research program in superconducting electronics devices, materials research, and large-scale applications of superconductivity at the University of Twente which has made that institution one of the leading academic research centers in applied superconductivity worldwide, and,
• for initiating and leading a number of European consortia, such as the European Society of Applied Superconductivity (ESAS), which has helped to raise the level of excellence in superconductivity within Europe