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The UFFC Society encourages active participation in the Society by its student members. According to the UFFC-S Bylaws: "There shall be up to six student representatives to AdCom, no more than two from any of the three Society technical areas. The Student Representatives are appointed by the President." In addition, a UFFC member may serve as an advisor to the student representatives.


Joel B. Harley
IEEE UFFC-S AdCom Student Advisor
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT, USA.
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It is a great pleasure for us to serve you as UFFC Student Representatives this year. Let us first briefly introduce ourselves to you:

Student Advisor
Joel B. Harley Joel B. Harley received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Tufts University, Medford, MA, in 2008 and a M.S. degree in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA in 2011, and a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA in 2014. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT. His interests include the integration of complex wave propagation models with novel signal processing, machine learning, and big data methods for applications in structural health monitoring, nondestructive evaluation, medical imaging, electrical monitoring, and other fields.

Mr. Harley is a recipient of the 2009 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship, the 2009 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship, the 2009 Department of Homeland Security Graduate Fellowship (declined), and the 2008 Lamme/Westinghouse Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Fellowship. He is also the recipient of the 2014 Carnegie Mellon A.G. Jordan Award for academic excellence and exceptional service. He has published more than 30 technical journal and conference papers, including four best student papers. He has been an Ultrasonics student representative for the IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control Society since 2013. He is also a member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society, and a member of the Acoustical Society of America.

2015-2016 Student Representative for Ultrasonics
Anurupa Shaw Anurupa Shaw was born in Kolkata, India, in 1988. She received her Bachelor of Technology degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2011 from National Institute of Technology, Durgapur, India. She completed her Master in Science degree from Georgia Institute of Technology, USA (France Campus), in 2014, and is currently pursuing her PhD at FEMTO-ST, France, in Engineering Sciences and Micro-techniques. Her research interests include ultrasonics, elastic-wave propagation, piezoelectric materials, and characterization of micro-systems and nano-structures.

2015-2016 Student Representative for Ferroelectrics
Elaheh Taghaddos Elaheh Taghaddos received a bachelor degree in Material Science and Engineering from the Intentional University of Qazvin-Iran in 2005. She was a project manager at Iranshir company during 2007 and 2009. She joined Glenn Howatt Electroceramics Laboratories at Rutgers University as a visiting scientist in 2011. Currently Elaheh is a PhD candidate in the Department of Material Science and Engineering at Rutgers University. Her research interests includes synthesize, fabrication and characterization of lead-free ferroelectric and piezoelectric materials in the form of ceramics, thin films, nanowires, composites and high intensity focused ultrasound transducers. She is author and co-author in 5 refereed papers.

2015-2016 Student Representative for Frequency Control
Duo Pan Duo Pan was born in Jilin Province in China, in 1990. She received a bachelor of science degree in Electronic Science and Technology from Peking University, in 2013. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in quantum electronics under the supervision of Prof. Jingbiao Chen in Peking University. Her main research area of interest include active optical clocks and compact atomic clocks. In the 2014 IEEE International Frequency Control Symposium, when is in her first year of Ph.D. study, she took part in the student paper competition, and reached the final.

2016-2017 Student Representative for Ultrasonics
Gongbin Tang Gongbin Tang was born in Shandong Province, China, in 1987. He received his Master’s degree in Mechatronic Engineering in 2012 from Beijing Institute of Technology, China. Later, in 2012, he was pursuing his PhD degree in Shanghai Jiao Tong University in Instrument Engineering under the supervision of Prof. Tao Han. In 2013, he joined a Double-Phd-Degree-Program between Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Chiba University. Currently he is pursuing his PhD degree at Chiba University, Japan, under the supervision of Prof. Ken-ya Hashimoto. His research interests are mainly focused on synthesize, design, fabrication and characterization of novel piezoelectric film based layered surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices, developing common simulation tools for transverse mode analysis and so on. He is author and co-author in 5 refereed journal papers.

2016-2017 Student Representative for Frequency Control
Ruonan Liu Ruonan Liu received her B.S. degree from the Ohio State University, in Electrical Engineering (2011). Currently, she is a PhD student in EECS department at UC Berkeley, working with Prof. Clark Nguyen. Ruonan’s research interest mainly focuses on micromechanical resonant switches, and the applications of this novel type of MEMS switches such as DC-DC power converters and low power wireless communication networks such as the Internet of the things.

2016-2017 Student Representative for Ferroelectrics
Yumei Wang Yumei Wang was born in Harbin, China, in 1988. She received a bachelor degree in Composite Material and Engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology in 2011, and completed her Master in Material Science and Engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology, China, in 2013. Currently, Yumei is pursuing her PhD at National University of Singapore, Singapore. Her research interests include fabrication and characterization of lead-free ferroelectric and piezoelectric thin film materials.

We are very excited to serve you regarding all your concerns within the UFFC society. As our predecessors have done, we will continue to represent you on the administrative committee of the UFFC society and try to secure or even expand benefits for student members. We will also advertise UFFC and its activities among universities around the world, and contact IEEE student branches of UFFC related departments. Please feel free to contact us if you have any suggestion or need any assistance. Meanwhile, we sincerely welcome you to contribute your service to UFFC, and share any ideas, academic, social, or career-related, with us. We will, together with you, try our best to make our UFFC student chapter grow better and stronger.

Student Activities


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.

Student Travel Awards. The UFFC-S, together with the JECS (Journal of European Ceramic Society) Trust, and the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft), provided increased travel support grants to both student members and early stage researchers. This helped talented students and early stage researchers to have an opportunity to share their work with other researchers in this field.

Early Stage Researcher Get-Together. Undergraduates, graduate students, and early stage researchers from countries and universities throughout the world convened on Sunday, August 21st in one of the city´s breweries. This event gave students an opportunity to mingle and network with other participants in the field and become familiar with Darmstadt.

The early stage get-together brought students from across the world together in Darmstadt.

UFFC/ISAF Photo/Illustration Competition. The IEEE-UFFC’s student representatives started a new photo competition at ISAF that encouraged students to submit artistic photos and illustrations incorporating ferroelectric themes. Three winners were selected by the UFFC Adcom student representatives to receive the Gold, Silver, and Bronze prizes. The winners are Lokesh Rana (University of Delhi, India), Reema Gupta (University of Delhi, India) and Jinyan Zhao (Xi'an Jiaotong University, China). Congratulations!

The Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners of the ISAF Best Photo Competition

IEEE-UFFC President Clark Nguyen with students during the ISAF Banquet

Student Poster Competition. The Student Poster Competition was held to represent a prestigious recognition of the students’ achievements in ISAF, PFM, and ECAPD. Thirty-three student posters were selected to be the finalists and 12 students won the best student poster competition (6 for IEEE-UFFC and 6 for JECS Trust).

The IEEE UFFC best student poster winners were:

  1. Peter Keil (“Mechanistic insight into varistor piezotronics using doped ZnO bicrystals”)
  2. Andraž Bradeško (“SolidHstate cooler as an array of multifunctional cantilevers: simulation & experiment”)
  3. Guillaume Nataf (“Functional polar domain walls in ferroelastic calcium titanate”)
  4. Jan Schultheiß (“Effect of texturing on the polarization switching dynamics in ferroelectric ceramics ”)
  5. Stefania Oliveri (“Epitaxy, optical and acoustical properties of X-, Y-, and Z-axis oriented LiNbO3 thin films on sapphire substrates ”)
  6. Ashley Mason (“Chemical solution deposition and characterization of (Bi0.5Na0.5)TiO3-(Bi0.5K0.5)TiO3-Bi(Zn0.5Ti0.5)O3 thin films”)
  7. The JECS Trust best student poster winners were:

  8. Ady Suwardi (“Enhanced Ferroelectricity in (Ba0.6Sr0.4TiO3)1-x – (Sm2O3)x Vertically-aligned Nanocomposite Thin Films”)
  9. Ruben Khachaturyan (“Polarization switching kinetics in PZT ceramics containing oriented anisotropic pores”)
  10. Young Hwan Lee (“Examination on the effects of various sputter deposition conditions on ferroelectric Hf0.5Zr0.5O2 films”)
  11. Hyeokmin Choe (“Time-resolved reciprocal space mapping of Na0.5Bi0.53 single crystal under an alternative electric field”)
  12. Zeng Luo (“Growth and Characterization of High-Curie-temperature Ferroelectric Single Crystals of (1-x)BiScO3-0.05Pb(Cd1/3Nb2/3)O3-xPbTiO3 Ternary Solid Solution”)
  13. Florian Weyland (“Criticality: Boost of piezoelectric and electrocaloric properties”)

Congratulations to all of the winners!

University of Houston IEEE-UFFC Student Chapter

The Student Chapter held a symposium this year on ultrasound based structural health monitoring and damage detection. Several students made presentations on this topic. The UH chapter has made an IEEE-UFFC UH Chapter banner as shown in the photo.

Student activities at 2015 International Ultrasonics Symposium

The IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium was organized by the IEEE UFFC Society in October 2015 and held in Taipei, Taiwan. Students from all over the world participated in this event. Several among them were provided with travel support to join the conference. This was a fruitful opportunity for all of the students to present their research, learn from their peers and seniors in their field, and interact with professionals from academia and industry. The IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium helps build and improve networks and expose students to the latest research and technology in Ultrasonics.

Figure 1: The IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium Registration

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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”).

Best Student Paper Award Winners posing with their certificates

Best student paper award winners. From left to right: Ruonan Liu, Etienne Vaillant, Liron Stern, Maribel Maldonado-Garcia, Maxime Favier.


Student members can learn more about upcoming activities and communicate with one another via the UFFC - Student Society site.

Past UFFC-S Administrative Committee (AdCom) Student Representatives

Past Student Representatives