IEEE CSC Awards & Recognition Program

Nomination procedure for the IEEE CSC Awards

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.

In general, 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 Nomination Form can be accessed by clicking the desired individual award included in the Award & Recognition Directory below (click on "More Details" after the description paragraph).

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). Questions regarding IEEE CSC award nominations should be directed to [email protected].


Award & Recognition Directory:


Van Duzer Prize Award

To recognize the best-contributed paper published in the IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity during one volume year. The award is named in honor of Professor Ted Van Duzer, first Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity. 

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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.

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Max Swerdlow Award for Sustained Service to the Applied Superconductivity Community

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 a 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. 

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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.

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IEEE Council on Superconductivity Carl H. Rosner Entrepreneurship Award

To recognize the potential impact of superconductivity on the fields of electrical engineering, physics, medicine and energy by rewarding entrepreneurs who have established a successful business or had the primary responsibility within a commercial organization to commercialize a device or service based on a property of superconductivity. The award will recognize young entrepreneurs while they are still growing their businesses to encourage others to follow their path. This award is named for Mr. Carl H. Rosner, whose career is an excellent example of a successful entrepreneur in the commercialization of superconductivity.

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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. 

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IEEE Fellow

As it stands today, the IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the Board of Directors upon a person with an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The total number selected in any one year does not exceed one-tenth of one percent of the total voting Institute membership. Each new Fellow receives a beautifully matted and framed certificate with the name of the Fellow and a brief citation describing the accomplishment, a congratulatory letter from the incoming IEEE president and a gold sterling silver Fellow lapel pin with an antique finish. 

Please note: The majority of the list below includes "IEEE Fellows" elevated by the Council on Superconductivity. The Council acknowledges that there are additional members of our community that have been elevated by other organizational units of the IEEE.

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IEEE Senior Member

Senior member is the highest grade for which IEEE members can apply. IEEE members can "self-nominate", or be "nominated", for Senior Member grade. Prospective members who would like to apply directly for Senior Member grade must first join IEEE and then submit the Senior Member application form. An IEEE Member Number is required on the Senior Member application. 

Benefits of Senior membership:
Recognition: The professional recognition of your peers for technical and professional excellence.
Leadership eligibility: Senior members are eligible to hold executive IEEE volunteer positions.
Ability to refer other candidates: Senior members can serve as a reference for other applicants for Senior membership.

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IEEE Life Member

IEEE "Life" status is an automatic process which is based on an individual's membership record. The member must be at least 65 years of age and a member of IEEE or one of its predecessor societies for such a period that the sum of his/her age and his/her years of membership equals or exceeds 100 years. (IEEE Bylaw I-102.2) Members who qualify each year will be notified by mail in the fourth quarter of the qualifying year. "Life" status will be effective on 1 January of the following year.

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