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.  

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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

Kenji Uchino

Professor of Electrical Engineering, Penn State
Dr. Uchino, a pioneer in piezoelectric actuators, is Director of International Center for Actuators and Transducers. He is also the founder and Senior VP & CTO of Micromechatronics, Inc. Prior to joining Penn State in 1991, he was a Research Associate in the physical electronics department at Tokyo Institute of Technology. He joined Sophia University, Japan, as an Associate Professor in physics in 1985. He was also involved with Space Shuttle Utilizing Committee in NASDA, Japan, and Vice President of NF Electronic Instruments, USA. He is the Chair of Smart Actuator/Sensor Study Committee sponsored by Japanese MITI. He was the associate editor for Journal of Advanced Performance Materials, J. Intelligent Materials Systems and Structures, and Japanese Journal of Applied Physics. He has authored 550 papers, 54 books and 26 patents in the ceramic actuator area.
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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.
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Zoubeida Ounaies

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Dorothy Quiggle Career Developmental Professorship, Penn State University
Research Interests: Development of unique combinations of mechanical-electrical-chemical coupling in polymers and polymer nanocomposites.

Dhananjay Kumar

Professor, North Carolina A&T State University

Ashish Garg

Professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
Multiferroics, Ferroelectrics and Piezoelectrics Here, we are studying the devices and materials based on oxides, such as ferroelectric and/or multiferroic oxides, piezoelectric materials as well as polymers such as P(VDF-TrFE) from the perspective of energy harvesting, piezoelectric activity, data storage applications, to name a few, Our work is related to engineering the material's structure and properties to achieve the desired functionality in stand-alone as well as device form and requires one to delve into understanding of materials, physics and some electrical engineering, particularly for device work.
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Stefano Basagni

Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Northeastern University
Stefano Basagni holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Dallas (December 2001) and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Milano, Italy (May 1998). He received his B.Sc. degree in computer science from the University of Pisa, Italy, in 1991. Since Winter 2002 he is an associate professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University, in Boston, MA. Dr. Basagni's current research interests concern research and implementation aspects of mobile networks and wireless communications systems, wireless sensor networking for IoT (underwater and terrestrial), definition and performance evaluation of network protocols and theoretical and practical aspects of distributed algorithms. Dr. Basagni serves as a member of the editorial board, the organizing committee and of the technical program committee of ACM and IEEE journals and international conferences. He is a distinguished scientist of the ACM (including the ACM SIGMOBILE), a senior member of the IEEE (Computer and Communications societies), a member of ASEE (American Society for Engineering Education) and of CUR (Council for Undergraduate Education).

Kirill Kovnir

John D. Corbett Associate Professor of Chemistry, Iowa State University
Kirill studied chemistry and received Ph.D. at the Lomonosov Moscow State University with Prof. A. V. Shevelkov scrutinizing inverse clathrates. Afterwards he was tunneling between Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids in Dresden, and Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin, exploring potential of intermetallic compounds in heterogeneous catalysis supervised by Prof. Yu. Grin and Prof. R. Schlögl. In 2008 he moved to Florida State University where he acquired a comprehensive knowledge of magnetism of complex solids under guidance of Prof. M. Shatruk. Kirill started his independent career in 2011 at UC Davis where he was promoted to Associate Professor in March 2017. In July 2017 Kirill was named as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and accepted a John D. Corbett Associate Professor of Chemistry position at Iowa State University. Kirill’s research interests are in the broad field of solid state and materials chemistry. Research in his group is focused on synthesis of novel thermoelectric, superconducting, magnetic, catalytic, and low-dimensional materials and exploring their crystal structure, chemical bonding, and physical properties. Understanding the structure-property relationship is a key to the rational design of such materials.
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Deirdre O'Carroll

Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
The O’Carroll Research Group is focused on nanoscale engineering of the efficiency and direction of light generating and light harvesting processes in photonic devices which employ organic polymeric semiconductor materials and plasmonic nanostructures.

Sohini Kar-Narayan

Assistant Professor, Cambridge University
Dr Kar-Narayan is a University Lecturer & ERC Starting Grant holder working in the Device Materials Group, Department of Materials Science, University of Cambridge. She is a Fellow of Clare Hall College and Director of Studies (Physical Sciences) at Homerton College. Prior to taking up her research Fellowship in 2012, she was a post-doctoral research associate in the Department of Materials Science between 2008 and 2011. Dr. Kar-Narayan received her Ph.D. degree (2008) in physics, following an M.S. degree (2004) from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. She graduated with a B.Sc (Honours) degree from Presidency College, University of Calcutta in 2001.

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.