The IEEE Council on Superconductivity Max Swerdlow Award for Sustained Service to the Applied Superconductivity Community

Description This Award recognizes sustained service to the applied superconductivity community that has had a lasting influence on the advancement of the technology either through the demonstration of exceptional service to and leadership within the community, the formulation and promotion of major programs in applied superconductivity or through leadership and management roles in major research organizations.  The Award is named for the late Max Swerdlow.  Starting in the 1960’s and continuing for more than 20 years, he served as the Program Manger for Superconductivity at the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR).  His office funded the majority of the programs in the U.S. on superconducting materials and large-scale applications of superconductivity other than those funded by the Department of Energy.  Max Swerdlow’s dedication and perseverance in the support of these activities played a crucial role in the maturing of applied superconductivity.


Eligibility Eligibility requirements for the Award include sustained activity in the field of applied superconductivity for a minimum of 20 years, irrespective of the field of discipline or functions performed, to advance or promote the field of applied superconductivity. Candidates must be living, but can be retired at the time of the Award.  The recipient is also expected to attend the international conference at which the Award would be presented. No individual can receive this award more than one time.


Prize The Award shall consist of the following:  (1) a medallion fabricated from niobium, at least six centimeters in diameter and suitably engraved;  (2) a plaque suitably inscribed; and, (3) an honorarium of U.S.$5,000.


Previous Recipients: Dr. James Daley, Mr. Edgar A. Edelsack, Mr. Yoshihiro Kyotani, Prof. Moises Levy, Prof. Horst Rogalla, Mr. Carl H. Rosner, Dr. David F. Sutter, the late Prof. Shoji Tanaka, Sir Martin Wood, and Prof. Luguang Yan.


2012 Award Recipient

Bruce P. Strauss

Nomination Procedure Nominations of candidates for The IEEE Max Swerdlow Award for Sustained Service to the Applied Superconductivity Community can be made by submitting a nomination letter to the Chair of the Awards Committee. This informal letter, prepared on letterhead paper (either organizational or personal), should be about one page in length (two pages maximum), and must contain the prospective candidate’s name, e-mail address and other contact information, his/her academic background, a brief summary of his/her past and current professional affiliations and a list of the at least three significant scientific, technological or management accomplishments relevant to the particular award for which the candidate has been proposed. The nomination must be endorsed by at least ten (10) colleagues familiar with the professional activities of the candidate. The endorsements can be made either by co-signing the original nomination letter or by sending separate letter(s), to which the original nomination letter must be attached, with signature(s) of additional endorser(s). The nomination and endorsement letters may be submitted either by land mail or as PDF attachment to an e-mail message.  It is required that all such letters be personally signed by the individuals either making the nomination or endorsing the nomination.

The nomination letter and the letters of endorsement must be received by the Chair of the Awards Committee no later than 11:59 PM (CST) on February 28 of the year in which the Award, if selected, might be made.

The letter of nomination and the letters of endorsement should be sent to the Chair of the Awards Committee (at the address shown below).  Additional information about The IEEE Max Swerdlow Award for Sustained Service to the Applied Superconductivity Community can be obtained by contacting the Chair of the Awards Committee.


Dr. Martin Nisenoff Chair, Awards Committee 1201 Yale Place,  Apt. #1004 Minneapolis MN 55403-1958 USA Email