IEEE-UFFC Ferroelectrics Standing Committee – second meeting in 2019
The second 2019 meeting of the IEEE-UFFC Society Ferroelectrics Standing Committee (FerroCom) was held in Lausanne, Switzerland, on July 14th, 2019, aside the 2019 ISAF-ICE-EMF-IWPM-PFM Joint Conference. The meeting took place at the Swiss Tech Convention Center at EPFL, and saw the participation of 33 voting members, two non-voting members, and six 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. Technical support was provided by Chris Dyer and Hannah Doyal of Conference Catalysts.
The main outcomes of the meeting were the following:
- The attendees welcomed the new FerroCom members Julia Glaum, Jaichan Lee and Sang Don Bu. Qifa Zhou was congratulated for being elevated to IEEE Fellow, and Michelle Dolgos for being 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 further encouraged the attendees to vote for the upcoming AdCom election.
- Jacob Jones presented the results of a survey about membership status and cycles within the FerroCom. The survey was carried out among FerroCom members in 2017. The current number of voting members (45) was considered “about right” by 70% of the participants. About 33% of the FerroCom members are from the USA, the rest are fairly well distributed among other countries in the world. Approximately 89% of the members are from academia, and 87% are male. In the future, the percentage of members from government or industry should be increased and better gender representation is sought as well.
- The Women in Engineering Committee, led by Michelle Dolgos, is very active in promoting gender equality within the IEEE UFFC. A Special Issue in the Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control on “Women in Ferroelectrics” was proposed.
- Marco Deluca (Newsletter Editor) reported on the Newsletter activities, mentioning the possibility to publish each year a “best paper review” in Ferroelectrics. Information about novel and interesting papers should however be unbiased, so the selection should be at best made following suggestions from the Editor-in-Chief of the UFFC Transactions (Peter Lewin) and from the Symposium Committee Chair (Shujun Zhang). This would be the backbone of this “highlight” Newsletter report.
- The first Ferroelectrics School is going to take place at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, in December 2019. Ke Wang from Tsinghua University reported about the status of the organization activities.
- An engaging discussion followed about the “right size” for ISAF meetings. Larger meetings allow the commitment of more resources, allow more interaction between attendees and allow the creation of dedicated sessions on new and interesting research topics. They would also increase awareness of ferroelectrics and IEEE UFFC society. The disadvantage is, however, that larger meetings would result in a loss of personal community feeling due to less specificity to ferroelectrics. It would also be challenging to find a suitable (and cost-effective) location for a larger meeting. A sense of the attendees was taken and all preferred meeting sizes of 600 persons or less.
- The meeting ended with updates on the next ISAF Conferences, which will take place in 2020 in Keystone (Colorado, USA) – https://ifcs-isaf2020.org/, in 2021 in Sydney (Australia), in 2022 in Tours (France), in 2023 in Cleveland (Ohio, USA), and in 2024 in Taipei (Taiwan).