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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Prior to registering online (credit card only), please refer to the  “helpful hints when registering online” document.

Confirmed Speakers

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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.

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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Marina S. Leite

Assistant Professor of Physics, University of Maryland
Research Interests: Solid-state physics, electronic devices, nanoscale resolution measurements, photovoltaics, energy storage, scanning probe microscopy, nanostructured materials, plasmonics, metamaterials, thermodynamics at the nanoscale, nanofabrication.

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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Mehmet Ozturk

Professor of Electrical Engineering, Deputy Director ASSIST Center, University of North Carolina
Research Focus: Physical Electronics, Photonics & Magnetics
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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.
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Safakcan Tuncdemir

President at Solid State Ceramics, Inc.
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Nathan Sharpes

Mechanical Engineer at US Army CERDEC CP&I