The first 2019 meeting of the IEEE-UFFC Society Ferroelectrics Standing Committee (FerroCom) was held in Orlando, FL on January 23rd, 2019. The meeting took place at the Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at Seaworld Hotel, and saw the participation of 19 voting members (two connecting via the internet), two non-voting members, and four guests. The meeting was chaired by Jacob L. Jones, the Vice President for Ferroelectrics in the UFFC Society; also the Deputy Vice President (Barbara Malic) and the Secretary (Jon Ihlefeld) were present. Nazanin Bassiri-Gharb, the UFFC Society President for 2018-2019 also attended the meeting.
The main outcomes of the meeting were the following:
- The attendees congratulated Qifa Zhou, who was elevated to IEEE Fellow, and Michelle Dolgos, who was elected UFFC AdCom Member from Ferroelectrics (2019-2021). The attendees welcomed also Lukas Riemer from EPFL, who was appointed as UFFC AdCom 2019-2020 Student Representative of Ferroelectrics.
- Jacob Jones presented an update about the outcome of the 2018 ISAF Joint Conference, held in Hiroshima and chaired by Prof. Takaaki Tsurumi. In total 1017 participants were present, 383 of them alone registering to the ISAF part of the Conference.
- The years 2020 and 2021 will represent 100 years of ferroelectricity, marking the discovery of dielectric hysteresis in Rochelle salt by Joseph Valasek. Many activities were discussed as ideas to celebrate this important anniversary, including possibilities of a Special Issue in the IEEE T-UFFC journal, and special sessions and events at ISAF meetings. Especially the ISAF meetings in 2020 (Keystone, Colorado) and 2021 (Sydney, Australia) will be involved.
- Ferroelectrics awards in the IEEE UFFC Society were also discussed. The IEEE-UFFC offers three yearly awards: The Ferroelectrics Young Investigation Award, the Ferroelectrics Recognition Award, and the Robert E. Newnham Ferroelectrics Award. The awardees will be selected by the Award Committee members and will be announced in July 2019 at the next ISAF Conference in Lausanne (Switzerland).
- Standards on ferroelectrics are being published by the IEEE. The newest is the “Standard for Relaxor-Based Single Crystals for Transducer and Actuator Applications” (IEEE std. 1859-2017), published on Dec. 22nd, 2017.
- The Women in Engineering Committee, led by Michelle Dolgos, is very active in promoting gender equality within the IEEE UFFC. She reported on the very successful panel discussion held at the 2018 ISAF Conference in Hiroshima.
- The meeting ended with updates on the next ISAF Conferences, which will take place in 2019 in Lausanne (Switzerland), in 2020 in Keystone (Colorado, USA), in 2021 in Sydney (Australia), in 2022 in Tours (France) and in 2023 in Cleveland (Ohio, USA).