Fred Hickernell

Screen Shot 2017-02-03 at 00.38.46Frederick Slocum Hickernell, 84, of Phoenix, AZ died Tuesday, July 5, 2016, at home. He is survived by his wife, Thresa Kerr Hickernell, to whom he was married for 62 years. Dr. Hickernell is also survived by a daughter, Diana H. Dean, three sons, Frederick J. Hickernell, Robert K. Hickernell, and Thomas S. Hickernell, and seven grandchildren.

Dr. Hickernell was a Major in the Air Force, in which he served as a meteorologist in the Korean War in Hawaii, Okinawa and Michigan. He received the Dan Noble award from Motorola, where he worked for over 38 years. He served in multiple organizations, including the IEEE, United Way, and First Baptist Church of Phoenix. His Memorial Service was held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, August 7, 2016, at Living Streams Church, 7000 N. Central, Phoenix 85020. Contributions may be made to International Ministries, P. O Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851 or https://ieeefoundation.org/fredhickernell. Visit hansenmortuary.com for condolences.

The above is an edited version of an obituary published in The Arizona Republic on July 17, 2016

Fred Hickernell served as a weather officer in the US Air Force, and in the theoretical group of Goodyear Aerospace. In 1960 he joined Motorola, working on microwave ferrite materials and devices; the elastic and piezoelectric properties of III-V and II-VI compounds and their bulk-acoustic mode applications; the development of SAW components; and the investigation and application of piezoelectric films to enhance the performance of SAW and BAW acoustical and optical microelectronic devices.

He served as a Motorola Science Advisory Board Associate, and was honored as a Dan Noble Fellow of Motorola, retiring in 1998. He held teaching positions in the Math Department at Arizona State U, in the Physics Department at the U of Arizona, as an Adjunct Professor at the Optical Sciences Center of the U of Arizona in Tucson, and Courtesy Professor at the University of Central Florida, in Orlando. Fred has over 100 publications and has 14 patents in the area of microwave acoustics.

Fred received the IEEE Phoenix Section Achievement Award in 1969. He was elected to the Administrative Committee of the IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control (UFFC) Society in 1974 and was society Newsletter Editor from 1977 to 1999. He was a General Co-Chair of the 1977 Ultrasonics Symposium held in Phoenix and General Chairman of the 1992 Ultrasonics Symposium held in Tucson.

In 1993 he initiated the formation of a Phoenix Chapter of the UFFC Society, and served as the representative for the UFFC Society for eight years. He was a Guest Editor for the May 1995 special issue on “Thin Films for Acoustoelectronics” of the UFFC Transactions. He received the IEEE UFFC Society Achievement Award in 1995, an IEEE Third Millennium Medal in 2001 and the UFFC Distinguished Service Award in 2004.

Dr. Hickernell was president of the UFFC Society for the years 2000-2001. He has served on the administrative committee of the UFFC for 30 years, Senior Past President, Fellows Committee Chairman, and Chairman of the Historical Committee. Dr. Hickernell was a Life Fellow of the IEEE.
Selected Publications since 2004

  • F. S. Hickernell, “41 Degree lithium niobate: A study of harmonics,” 2010 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, San Diego, CA, 2010, pp. 1685-1687.
  • F. S. Hickernell, “Discerning the piezoelectric quality of CdS and ZnO crystals and films from etch properties,” 2008 17th IEEE International Symposium on the Applications of Ferroelectrics, Santa Re, NM, USA, 2008, pp. 1-2.
  • F. S. Hickernell, “The characterization of permanent acoustic bonding agents,” 2008 IEEE International Frequency Control Symposium, Honolulu, HI, 2008, pp. 191-194.
  • T. S. Hickernell and F. S. Hickernell, “P6H-9 Discerning the Quality of ZnO Films from Their Etch Properties,” 2007 IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium Proceedings, New York, NY, 2007, pp. 2602-2605.
  • F. S. Hickernell, “P3G-1 The Evaluation of Nonpermanent Acoustic Bonding Materials Incorporating Micron Size Particles,” 2007 IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium Proceedings, New York, NY, 2007, pp. 1858-1861.
  • F. S. Hickernell, “P3L-2 The Evaluation of Nonpermanent Acoustic Bonding Agents,” 2006 IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium, Vancouver, BC, 2006, pp. 2254-2256.
  • F. S. Hickernell, “Evaluating Optical Contact Bonds Using Thin-Film ZnO Transducers,” 2006 IEEE International Frequency Control Symposium and Exposition, Miami, FL, 2006, pp. 338-342.
  • F. S. Hickernell, “Evaluating ZnO thin film transducers by optical contact bonding of glass blocks,” IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium, 2005., 2005, pp. 325-328.
  • F. S. Hickernell, “The piezoelectric semiconductor and acoustoelectronic device development in the sixties,” in IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control, vol. 52, no. 5, pp. 737-745, May 2005.
  • F. S. Hickernell, “Shear horizontal BG surface acoustic waves on piezoelectrics: a historical note,” in IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control, vol. 52, no. 5, pp. 809-811, May 2005.
  • Y. V. Gulyaev and F. S. Hickernell, “Acoustoelectronics: history, present state, and new ideas for a new era,” IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium, 2004, 2004, pp. 182-190 Vol.1.