The IEEE Council on Superconductivity Carl H. Rosner Entrepreneurship Award


Description This Award recognizes the potential impact of superconductivity on the fields of electrical engineering, physics, medicine and energy by rewarding young entrepreneurs who have established a successful business or had the primary responsibility within a commercial organization to commercialize a device or service based on a property of superconductivity. The award will recognize young entrepreneurs while they are still growing their businesses to encourage others to follow their path.


This award is named for Mr. Carl H. Rosner, whose career is an excellent example of a successful entrepreneur in the commercialization of superconductivity. Early in his professional career, Mr. Rosner, left the research department of a large industrial company to start a small company, Intermagnetics General Corporation (IGC), which focused on the design and manufacturing of superconducting magnets, mostly for the scientific research community. Within five years, the company was viable and self-sustaining.  Over the next thirty years, Mr. Rosner grew IGC into a publicly-owned company with annual revenue in excess of 300 million dollars. For his contributions to the field of applied superconductivity, in general, and for the commercialization of superconducting systems, in particular, Mr. Rosner was one of the initial recipients of the IEEE Council on Superconductivity Max Swerdlow Award for Sustained Service to the Applied Superconductivity Community.


Prize The recipient of the IEEE Council on Superconductivity Carl H. Rosner Entrepreneurship Award will receive a suitably inscribed plaque and an honorarium of 2,500 US dollars.


Previous Recipient Dr. Terry  L. Grimm

2012 Award Recipient

Stuart J. Berkowitz

The Award will generally be made to an individual, independent of nationality, country of residence, race, gender, or membership in IEEE, who, in early or mid-career, started a new company or who joined an existing small business and assumed principal responsibility for the development and eventual commercialization (either in the commercial marketplace, or to the military or scientific communities) of a new and innovative superconducting product or service. At the time of the Award, the recipient would have exercised leadership over his/her company or business activity for a period of time of (approximately) five years and the company or business activity appears to have become a sustaining entity and has developed, or is deemed to be on the path toward developing, a potential commercial product. An individual may receive the IEEE Council on SuperConductivity Carl H. Rosner Entrepreneurship Award only one time.


Basis of Judging Nomination for this Award shall be made by submitting a (nominal) two-page letter to the Executive Secretary of the Selection Panel describing the educational background and professional career of the candidate and the accomplishments of the individual in his/her entrepreneurial role that may qualify the nominee for consideration for this Award. The nomination letters shall be submitted no later than 5 PM (PST) on February 28, 2012.


Presentation This Award will be presented in 2012 at the Applied Superconductivity Conference only if the Selection Panel has made a selection.


For further information on the IEEE Council on Superconductivity Carl H. Rosner Entrepreneurship Award, contact:

Dr. Robert L. Fagaly 3121 Madera Court Carlsbad, CA 92009-7524 Email