IEEE Ultrasonics Early Career Investigator Award

Title: IEEE Ultrasonics Early Career Investigator Award

Description. The IEEE Ultrasonics Early Career Investigator Award recognizes the achievements of a researcher in the area of ultrasonics and its applications. The award is specific to those researchers in the early stages of their career.

Administration. Administered by the IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control Society.

Eligibility. Awardees are required to be individuals who meet the following criteria:

  • IEEE member
  • UFFC Society member
  • 1 to 10 years of research after obtaining the highest degree (Bachelor; Master; PhD)
  • Remarkable contributions to the field / publication record

Eligibility and selection processes for this award shall comply with procedures and regulations established in IEEE governing documents, particularly with IEEE Policy 4.4 on Awards Limitations.

Prize Items. The following items will be given to the awardee:

  • Plaque
  • Certificate
  • 1,000 U.S. Dollar honorarium

This award is intended for a single recipient each year. However, in unusual circumstances if two recipients are selected, each recipient will receive a plaque and certificate, and the awardees will evenly share the honorarium.

Early Career Investigator Award Nomination Requirements. Any person, including non-IEEE members, is eligible to serve as a nominator. The nominator cannot serve as an Early Career Investigator Award Reviewing Committee member. All nominations must be submitted to the Early Career Investigator Award Chair by March 1st. Nominees for this award will be solicited annually, via an e-mail, to all UFFC Society members. Details on award requirements and a nomination package will be included in these announcements. The recipient of the Early Career Investigator Award will be announced and recognized at the opening session of the IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium.

Nominations for the Early Career Investigator Award are aimed at individuals in small and large companies, government laboratories, and academic institutions. In recognition of the wide differences in the kinds of contributions that are central to the goals of each of these divergent components of our Ultrasonics community, a flexible two-page nomination format will be employed. The submission should begin with the name and contact information (email and telephone) of the nominator followed by the same for his/her nominee. The next entry should be a brief (one sentence or less) proposed citation that will accompany the announcement of the award if your candidate is selected. The remainder of the two-page submission may be used as the nominator chooses to highlight reasons that the selection committee should consider in evaluating the candidate. Suggested entries are 1) educational history, 2) professional history, 3) engineering, scientific, and technological contributions, 4) previous awards or other professional recognitions, and 5) A synopsis of the contributions that motivate the nominator to promote the candidate. Please identify which of the five groups of the Ultrasonics Symposium’s Technical Program Committee (Group 1: Medical Ultrasonics; Group 2: Sensors, NDE, and Industrial Applications; Group 3: Physical Acoustics; Group 4: MicroAcoustics – SAW, FBAR, MEMS; and Group 5: Transducers and Transducer Materials) reflects most closely the contributions of this candidate.

Early Career Investigator Award Committee. An Award Chairman to oversee the nominating process is appointed by the Vice President of Ultrasonics. The Award Chairman has the responsibility to solicit nominations and to ensure a high-quality slate of nominees. The selection of the recipient for this award will be made by a vote of the Early Career Investigator Award Committee members representing a diverse range of scientific interests, backgrounds, and affiliations. The decision of the committee is final. If, in the opinion of the Committee, no suitable nominee exists, no award will be given.

Questions regarding Early Career Investigator Award should be addressed to:

Dr. Jafar Saniie, Filmer Endowed Chair Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Illinois Institute of Technology
Chicago, Illinois 60616
Phone: 1 312-567-3412


Yun Jing

For contributions to numerical modeling of wave propagation

Olivier Couture

For outstanding contributions to plane wave techniques for contrast visualization and for the development of super-resolution ultrasound.

Alfred Yu

For his exceptional contributions to ultrasound flow imaging and key discoveries in therapeutic ultrasound biophysics.

Christine E M Demore

For development of ultrasound transducer arrays and their application for particle manipulation.

Sunil Ashok Bhave

For work in novel devices combining MEMS, solid-state electronics and photonics for timing and frequency applications.