The 2nd Annual Energy Harvesting Society Meeting

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Hosted by The Energy Harvesting Society and Penn State at the Navy Yard, the 2nd annual conference will take place on Sept. 5-7, 2018.  

Submit an abstract TODAY!

The conference will feature plenary lectures, invited talks, and contributed talks. Please submit abstracts within the following topical areas:

  • Energy Harvesting (Piezoelectric, Inductive, Photovoltaic, Thermoelectric, Electrostatic, dielectric, radioactive, electrets, etc.)
  • Energy Storage (Supercapacitors, Batteries, fuel cells, microbial cells, etc.)
  • Applications (Structural and Industrial Health Monitoring, Human Body Network, Wireless Sensor Nodes, telemetry, personal power, etc.)
  • Emerging Energy Harvesting Technologies (perovskite solar cells, shape memory engines, CNT textiles, thermomagnetics, bio-based processes, etc.)
  • Energy management, transmission and distribution; Energy efficient electronics for energy harvesters and distribution
  • Fluid-flow energy harvesting
  • Solar – thermal converters
  • Multi-junction energy harvesting systems
  • Wireless power transfer
  • Net-zero platforms
  • Other related topics

Deadline to submit abstracts: July 15, 2018.

For the initial "Quick Decision" deadline, the program committee will evaluate the first wave of abstracts and decisions have been provided.  Those submitting under the July 15 deadline will have decisions by July 30.  Accepted abstracts will be selected for either oral or poster presentations.

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Early Bird Registration pricing ends Aug. 8!

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Confirmed Speakers

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Vikram Pakrashi

Assistant Professor, University College of Dublin

Gurpreet Singh

Associate Professor, Harold O. and Jane C. Massey Neff Professorship in Mechanical Engineering, Kansas State University
Research Singh runs the NanoScience and Engineering Lab. He works in the area of nanotechnology with a focus on processing-structure-property characterization of two-dimensional materials and molecular precursor derived ceramics for energy-based devices. Singh's research on liquid phase exfoliation of 2-D crystals to generate atomically thin sheets of graphene oxide, tungsten and molybdenum disulfide for high capacity metal-ion batteries has appeared in top American Chemical Society and Nature journals. Singh has >140 technical publications (journal papers, conference papers, patents, books and technical abstracts) to his credit.

Daryoosh Vashaee

Assoc. Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Dr Vashaee is an expert in superlattices and nanostructured materials for energy conversion and sensing applications. In the past, he has contributed to the development of several key thermoelectric structures including heterostructure thermionic devices and bulk nanocomposite materials. He has published more than 150 technical articles, and is the winner of the 2004 Goldsmid Award for research excellence in thermoelectrics from the International Thermoelectric Society. Prior to NCSU he worked at Oklahoma State University as Assistant Professor and at MIT as postdoctoral scholar.

Armin Feldhoff

Group Leader Institut für Physikalische Chemie und Elektrochemie der Leibniz Universität Hannover
Research topics: Energy harvesting, thermoelectric materials and generators, mixed ionic and electronic conductors, energy harvesting, material microstructure and functional properties Analytical high-resolution electron microscopy (HRTEM, EFTEM, STEM-HAADF, EELS, EDXS, SAED, CBED, FE-SEM) and X-ray diffractometry (XRD) and their application to problems in chemistry and materials sciences
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Clive Randall

Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Director of Materials Research Institute, Penn State University
Clive A. Randall is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and the Director of Materials Research Institute at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, USA. He was Director for the Center for Dielectric Studies between 1997 and 2013, and in 2013 formed a new Center as Co-Director, the Center for Dielectrics and Piezoelectrics, for which he still serves as Technical Advisor. Prof. Randall received a B.Sc. with Honors in Physics in 1983 from the University of East Anglia, and a Ph.D. in Experimental Physics from the University of Essex in 1987, both in the United Kingdom. He has authored/co-authored over 360 technical papers, with over 11,000 citations and an h-factor of 56. He also holds 13 patents (with 1 pending) in the field of electroceramics. Prof. Randall’s research interests are in the area of discovery and compositional design of functional materials for electrical energy transduction and storage, defect chemistry and crystal chemistry and their impact on phase transition behavior, electromechanical devices based upon electrostriction and piezoelectrics, supercapacitors, thermoelectrics, and microwave materials.

Muhammad Hajj

J. Byron Maupin Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, Director of the I/UCRC Center for Energy Harvesting Materials and Systems, Virginia Tech
Muhammad Hajj is a Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM) and the Director of the I/UCRC Center for Energy Harvesting Materials and Systems (CEHMS). Dr. Muhammad R. Hajj joined the Graduate School in January 2014. Dr. Hajj's areas of interest are: Fluid mechanics, structural dynamics and fluid structure interactions with nonlinear dynamics as the underlying basis.

Gareth Knowles

CEO, QorTek
Gareth received his PhD from Kings College Cambridge. Previously he was CTO for EMF Industries and before that Lab Head of Dynamics and Control R&D at Northrop Grumman while simultaneously heading up their Smart Materials activities. He holds 27 granted patents (8 more pending) covering piezoelectronics, active devices, actuator designs and power electronics. He has delivered over 50 national and international invited talks and has published over 100 technical papers. He has received several technology leadership awards and twice awarded EEC/EU Visiting Professorship (University of Strathclyde, Technical University of Denmark). He was Editor-in-chief of the ‘Journal of Smart Structures & Materials’, Editor-in-chief of Institute of Physics ‘Adaptive Structures & Active Materials’ monograph text series, has been Senior editor for several engineering professional organization journal publications including ‘IEEE Systems & Controls’; ‘International J. of Robust & Nonlinear Control’ etc., and been Chairperson of a number of engineering society committees including SPIE, CERF, and IEEE that have included culminating in House/Senate written reports. He has served as either Conference or Conference Section Chairperson for several professional engineering societies.

Meiling Zhu

Chair in Mechanical Engineering, University of Exeter
Meiling Zhu is the Professor and Chair of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Exeter, where she focuses on a research theme of energy harvesting, power management and wireless sensing. She has a particular focus on energy harvesting powered wireless sensor system technologies. She has led the Energy Harvesting Research Group with a number of research grants from EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council), EU-FP7 programmes, DSTL (Defence Science and Technology Laboratory), IMRC (Cranfield Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre funded by EPSRC), IVHM (Cranfield Integrated Vehicle Health Management Centre) and industries.
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Aylin Yener

Dean's Fellow, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Penn State University
Dr. Yener has been the principal investigator on numerous grants from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense. Her research interests are in networked systems, in particular characterizing the fundamental limits of these with applications to wireless and wired networks, green communications, multi-genre networks and information security. Her core expertise areas are in communications, information theory, signal processing and network science. She has about 250 publications in books, journals, and conference proceedings to date. Dr. Yener currently serves on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society as an elected member for the term 2015-2017.

Sahn Nahm

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Korea University