Student Activities at 2016 IFCS

By Duo Pan, Senior Frequency Control Student Representative

In May 2016, UFFC-S hosted the IEEE International Frequency Control Symposium (IFCS) in New Orleans, LA, USA. Students from all over the world attended the symposium. They brought new ideas and creative techniques. They met with other students, interacted with senior researchers, and networked with industry. To better serve students, the UFFC-S has done a few things during the IFCS meeting.

Student Travel Awards. To help students afford travel expenses, such as air tickets and accommodation, the UFFC-S provided travel grants based on the financial difficulty and the creativity of their research work. This enabled students to share their work with the whole society.

Student breakfast Meeting with senior researchers and engineers is a great opportunity for students to know more about the past, the present, and the future of their fields. The UFFC-S held the student breakfast. This event gave students an opportunity to mingle and network with successful people in the field, i.e., members of the IFCS organizing committee and other senior members of the IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control Society.

Best Student Paper Awards. To encourage students to do better research work, five students were selected by the UFFC-S to receive the best student paper awards. Congratulations to the winners: Ruonan Liu (“RF-Powered Micromechanical Clock Generator”), Etienne Vaillant (“Phase Noise Measurement of AlN Contour-Mode Resonators”), Liron Stern (“Chip-Scale Atomic Cladding Wave Guides for Optical Frequency References in the Telecom and NIR Regime”), Maribel Maldonado-Garcia (“Miniaturized Aerosol Impactors with Integrated Piezoelectric Thin Film Resonant Mass Balances”), and Maxime Favier, (“Frequency Ratio of a Mercury Optical Lattice Clock with Primary and Secondary Frequency Standards”).