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Symposia in 2017

  • 2017 IEEE IUS, Atlanta, GA, May 7-11, 2017
  • 2017 IEEE ISAF-IWATMD-PFM, Atlanta, GA, May 7-11, 2017
  • 2017 IEEE EFTF-IFCS, Besancon, France, July 9-13, 2017

Information on Symposia is given on Symposia page

Future Symposia


2017 Atlanta, Georgia with PFM (General Chair: Nazanin Bassiri Gharb)
2018 Hiroshima, Japan with AMF, AMEC, FMA (General Chair: Takaaki Tsurumi)
2019 Lausanne, Switzerland with EMF and PFM (General Chair: Paul Muralt)


2017 Washington DC, USA (General Chair: Keith Wear)
2018 Kobe, Japan (General Chairs: Ken-ya Hashimoto and Clemens Ruppel)
2019 Glasgow, Scotland, U.K. (General Chair: Sandy Cochran)

Frequency Control

2017 Besancon, France (General Co-Chairs: Lute Maleki (IFCS) and Bernard Dulmet (EFTF))
2018 Lake Tahoe, CA, USA (General Chair: Aaron Partridge)
2019 Either Portland, OR, USA or Long Beach, CA, USA

A Greeting from the IEEE UFFC Society President, Dr. Clark Nguyen

Clark Nguyen

Greetings on behalf of the IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control Society (UFFC-S) and welcome to our website. We hope you will find this website informative and will take advantage of the educational, professional, and social resources it makes available on the major topics spearheaded by our society.


Special Notices

Call for Nominations of Elected AdCom Members of IEEE UFFC-S - Deadline: March 1, 2017

The IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control Society (UFFC-S) Nominations Committee seeks nominations of outstanding members of the Society to be considered for inclusion on the ballot for election to its Administration Committee (AdCom), for the term of office from 2018 to 2020. The nominees will first be considered for inclusion on the 2017 ballot. After the ballot is approved by AdCom, it will be sent to all IEEE UFFC-S members for election. The Deadline for submissions of nominations is: March 1, 2017.


Nominations are now open for the 2017 Achievement Award and Distinguished Service Award with a deadline of January 15, 2017

The 2017 IFCS awards nomination process is now open. Please offer nominations before March 8, 2017 in preparation for the upcoming 2017 Joint IEEE International Frequency Control Symposium and European Frequency and Time Forum to be held at the Micropolis in Besançon, France, July 9th-13th 2017.

Important New Research

Phase Analysis for Frequency Standards in the Microwave and Optical Domains

Phase Analysis

Phase measurement of the microwave interrogation signal of CSF1 averaged over 60 000 cycles. The two Ramsey interactions are marked by the gray-shaded stripes. Read More

(Posted 12 January 2017)

Ultrasound-mediated drug delivery

ultrasound-mediated drug delivery

Thanks to advances in transducer technology and imaging-based guidance systems and the expanding body of research on the therapeutic benefits, ultrasound techniques are poised to improve the treatment of cancer and other diseases in the clinic. To many, the term medical ultrasound conjures snowy images of nascent life in the womb. Indeed, its relatively low cost, portability, and impeccable safety profile have propelled diagnostic ultrasound into becoming one of the most widespread imaging methods in the world. So it may seem somewhat contradictory that ultrasound can also induce a broad spectrum of bioeffects in tissue.Read More

(Posted 12 January 2017)

Microwave ac conductivity of ferroelectric domain walls

microwave ac figure

(a) An out-of-plane piezoresponse force microscopy image showing an artificially created stripe domain structure in an 100 nm-thick epitaxial thin film of Pb(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3. Ferroelectric polarization P is orientated up ⨀ and down ⨂ in the domains as indicated in the image. (b) Near-field microwave microscopy image of conduction clearly reveals conductivity in the walls of the stripe domains. Read More

(Posted 5 January 2017)


News Headlines

WIE Panel discussion at IEEE ISAF/ECAPD/PCM 2016

An IEEE Women in Engineering event was held on Tuesday August 23rd as part of the IEEE ISAF/ECAPD/PCM 2016 conference in Darmstadt, Germany. The WIE event was organized locally by Barbara Kaeswurm and Gisela Völzke. It attracted an audience of approximately 50 attendees, and featured a panel discussion led by Nazanin Bassiri-Gharb. Panel members included the conference plenary speakers Elizabeth Dickey, Beatriz Noheda, Jing-Feng Li, and Susan Trolier-McKinstry. Read more

(Posted 19 January 2017)

New AdCom Officers in 2017

The following individuals have been appointed as New AdCom Officers in 2017. We wish them every success in their new responsibilities.

Prof. Nazanin Bassiri-Gharb: Chair of Strategic Planning

Dr. Ayache Bouakaz: Vice-President for Symposia

Dr. Aaron Partridge: Vice-President of Frequency Control

Prof. Matteo Rinaldi: Chair of Publicity

Prof. Enrico Rubiola: Chair of an Ad Hoc Committee to Revise the IEEE Std 1139-2008

(Posted 19 January 2017)

UFFC AdCom Officers stepping down from their posts at end of 2016

We sincerely thank the following individuals for their excellent service to the UFFC Society. Their contributions have added enormously to the success and stature of our society.

Dr. Mike Driscoll: Vice-President of Frequency Control

Dr. Jackie Hines: Chair of Strategic Planning

Dr. Wan-Thai Hsu: Chair of Publicity

Dr. Clemens Ruppel: Vice-President for Symposia

(Posted 19 January 2017)

Student Activities at ISAF/ECAPD/PFM 2016

Bringing along the newest ideas, students from all over the world attended the 2016 Joint IEEE International Symposium on the Applications of Ferroelectrics, the European Conference on Applications of Polar Dielectrics, and Workshop on Piezoresponse Force Microscopy (ISAF/ECAPD/PFM) in Darmstadt, Germany from August 21-25, 2016. During the conference, students presented their research results and shared technical skills with their peers on a wide range of topics on the processing, characterization, and applications of dielectrics, pyroelectrics, piezoelectrics, and ferroelectrics. The UFFC Society promoted this event and provided great support to students to help them have a better experience in the conference.Read more

(Posted 12 January 2017)

Proceedings from IUS

The 2016 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium (IUS) manuscripts have been available at the IEEE Xplore® Digital Library since November 3, 2016. This very rapid availability (within only 6 weeks of the conference closing date) provides maximum benefit from this record of the IUS conference to conference participants and other IEEE UFFC members. The manuscripts have also been catalogued in Web of Science and Scopus since mid December 2016. Read more

(Posted 12 January 2017)

A new feature has been added to the News Page. It is called “Important New Research”. It will contain descriptions of noteworthy current research in the fields of interest of the UFFC-S.

(Posted 5 January 2017)

Leslie Eric Cross

We sadly report the passing of Prof. L. Eric Cross on 29 December 2016. Eric was one of the most important scientists in the area of ferroelectricity since the field’s inception. He was a good friend and a mentor to many of us. He will be sorely missed. Read more

(Posted 5 January 2017)

New IEEE Fellows

Zuo-Guang Ye

Zuo-Guang Ye

Robert Lutwak

Robert Lutwak

The IEEE Board of Directors, at its November 2016 meeting, elevated Robert Lutwak and Zuo-Guang Ye to IEEE Fellows, effective 1 January 2017. Read more

(Posted 8 December 2016)

In Memoriam

Thrygve Meeker (1929–2016)

Gernot M. R. Winkler (1922–2016)

William H. Horton (1921–2016)

André Clairon (–2016)

Jan Fousek (1930–2016)

Franz Seifert (1933–2016)

(Posted 23 November 2016)

2016 meeting in Tours, France
(Contributed by Sandy Cochran, Ultrasonics Newsletter Editor)

Ayache Bouakaz

Ayache Bouakaz, General Chair, addresses the delegates at the Welcome Reception in the Hôtel de Ville de Tours

The 2016 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium was held in Tours, France from 18 to 21 September 2016. It was attended by more than 1500 delegates from more than 50 countries. Read more

(Posted 21 November 2016)

AdCom Photo

(Posted 21 November 2016)