PPC & SOFE Awards
The IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society will honor the two best student papers presented at the conference. The purpose of these awards is to encourage both outstanding student contributions and greater student participation as principal or sole authors of papers, as well as to acknowledge the importance of student contributions to the fields embraced by the NPSS umbrella. The four best submissions will receive cash awards of $500 and a certificate.
To qualify for consideration the student must self-identify their interest for inclusion when they upload their abstract. They should have a supporting letter from their supervisor sent to the student paper contest co-ordinator (see below). Any student who is the principal author/researcher and the presenter of either an oral or poster paper at the PPC-2015 conference and who has been identified as a student author will be eligible. Please note only one entry is allowed per student.
The deadline for submitting letters is April 3rd, 2015.
The work presented should be the majority work of the student and will be judged on grounds of originality, value to the community and delivery. A judging panel of four will be chosen to represent the breadth of the PPPS community. This panel will select 6 abstracts from the submissions for inclusion in the Student Paper Contest at the conference.
At the conference, the student paper contest will consist of a hosted buffet dinner on the Monday evening at which the 6 successful students will present their papers to the judging panel. The presentations will be judged on technical merit, quality of presentation and the student's understanding of the subject. The winning papers will be announced at the conference dinner on the Wednesday.
Student Paper Contest Co-ordinator
The PPS&T Committee has three major awards that are presented at the Pulsed Power Conference:
Erwin Marx Award recognizes outstanding contributions to pulsed power technology by an individual over an extended period of time.
We are proud to annouce that the winner of the Erwin Marx Award for 2015 is Dr. William Stygar.
Dr. Stygar won the award for seminal contributions to the physics and technology of superpower pulsed-power generators and to the realization of Z and ZR accelerators as precision scientific instruments, contributing to a revolution in pulsed-power-driven high energy density experiments. He was the principal designer for the vacuum power flow section of the Z and ZR facility, the world’s most powerful laboratory pulsed-power generator. Dr. Stygar contributed more than any single individual to the successful operation of the facilities at peak electrical powers and peak reliability over the period of 1996-2014. Dr. Stygar is a very active researcher. He has a total of 180 journal and conference publications, and his work was cited over 3390 times. He also has an h-index of 29. The citations of his top five first author publications are 321. The citations of his top five co-author papers are 1033. His pulsed power research efforts over the last 33 years culminated in his invention of a new petawatt-class pulsed power generator architecture, which has been patented and is highly cited. Dr. Stygar is a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratory and is currently the manager of the Advanced Accelerator Physics Department.
Peter Haas Award recognizes outstanding contributions to pulsed power technology resulting from an individual's continued effort to develop programs of research education, and information exchange that are the basis for progress in pulsed power
We are proud to annouce that the winner of the Peter Haas Award for 2015 is Edl Schamiloglu.
Edl Schamiloglu is a Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of New Mexico. Schamiloglu is also the director of the School of Engineering’s COSMIAC center. He joined UNM’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1988. He has been Gardner-Zemke Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and directs the Pulsed Power, Beams, and Microwaves Laboratory at UNM. His research interests include physics and technology of charged particle beam generation and propagation; high-power microwave sources and effects; pulsed power science and technologies; plasma physics and diagnostics; electromagnetics and wave propagation; and neurosystems engineering. A fellow of the IEEE since 2002, he is a three-time recipient (2011, 2012, and 2013) of the UNM Science and Technology Corporation Creativity Award, the 2013 IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society’s Richard F. Shea Distinguished Member Award, and the 2014 IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) 1906 Award Recognizing an Expert’s Exceptional Current Achievements. Promoted to Distinguished Professor in 2014, Schamiloglu's sponsored research includes projects with the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Sandia National Laboratories, the Office of Naval Research, and industry. He is principal investigator of a recently awarded six-year, $6 million grant for the AFRL/AFOSR Center of Excellence on the Science of Electronics in Extreme Electromagnetic Environments.
Arthur H. Guenther Pulsed Power Student Award is designed to encourage student contributions and participation as principal or sole authors of papers and to recognize outstanding student contributions in pulsed power engineering, science or technology. Student awards for 2014 and 2015 will be awarded.
We are proud to annouce the winners of the Arthur H. Guenther Pulsed Power Student Awards for 2014/2015:
Arthur H. Guenther Pulsed Power Student Award for 2014 - Christopher Leach, University of New Mexico
Arthur H. Guenther Pulsed Power Student Award for 2015 - Sterling Beeson, Texas Tech University
More information and nomination forms can be found at: http://ieee-npss.org/technical-committees/pulsed-power-science-and-technology/
Nominations should be submitted by December 1, 2014 to email@example.com
Fusion Technology Awards
Best Student Paper Awards ($500 each)
The purpose of these awards is to recognize outstanding student papers presented at the Symposium on Fusion Engineering (SOFE) in the field of Fusion Technology. Up to two awards can be made at each Symposium. All students presenting a paper (or papers) at the current year's SOFE and who submit their abstract(s) in accordance with abstract submittal requirements will be automatically qualified for consideration. Please see the Fusion Technology Best Student Paper Awards in the IEEE NPSS web page for more information.
Fusion Technology Award ($3000 each)
The purpose of these awards is to recognize outstanding contributions to research and development in the field of Fusion Technology. Two awards are presented at each biennial SOFE, one for each calendar year of the two year cycle with the first year corresponding to the year between SOFE conferences and the second year corresponding to the year of the SOFE conference at which the presentation is made. The deadline for nominations for the 2015 Award is February 20, 2015. Nominations should be sent to the Fusion Technology Awards Committee chair, Ms. Tiana Dodson. Please see the Fusion Technology Awards web page for more information.
The Paul Phelps Continuing Education Grant
The Paul Phelps Continuing Education Grant is available for attendees to the special mini-course“Fundamentals of Plasma-Material Interactions and Plasma Edge Physics in Magnetic Fusion” at the 2015 SOFE.
This grant was established by the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society (NPSS) to promote continuing education and encourage membership in the NPSS. This award will support at least two outstanding students or unemployed members* of the NPSS to attend the mini-course. The award will consist of the prepayment of the mini-course registration fee and partial payment of the SOFE Conference fee. No other travel expenses will be reimbursed.
Applicants must be either a Student Member of the IEEE or an unemployed IEEE NPSS member who needs assistance in changing career direction. Applicants must submit the form found at NPSS Paul Phelps Continuing Education Grant by April 1, 2015 to Conference Chair Jean Paul Allain
*Information on joining the IEEE as a Student Member or enrolling in NPSS can be found on the IEEE website