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

Abhijit Pramanick

Visiting Assistant Professor City University of Hong Kong
My research is focused on the prediction and evaluation of structure-property-processing relations in solid state functional materials using in situ and time-resolved characterization techniques. The particular materials of interest include piezoelectrics and ferromagnetic shape memory alloys (FSMA), which constitute the building blocks of advanced actuators and sensors used in industries as diverse as manufacturing, transportation, electronics and biomedicine. The functionalities of a material can be enhanced through better processing/operational conditions if the underlying materials physics for those conditions are comprehensively understood. This is where in situ characterization of materials plays a vital role towards attaining the objective of 'materials by design.' Towards this end, my research endeavors to develop and utilize new experimental techniques based on the principles of X-ray and neutron scattering from matter.
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Vikram Pakrashi

Assistant Professor, University College of Dublin

Ray Baughman

Distinguished Chair in Chemistry, Professor of Chemistry, & Director of the Alan G. MacDiarmid NanoTech Institute, University of Texas at Dallas
Ray Baughman received a B.S. in Physics from Carnegie Mellon University and a Ph.D. in the Materials Science area from Harvard University. Upon graduation he went to Allied Chemical, which later became AlliedSignal and then Honeywell. In August 2001, he became the Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry and Director of the Alan G. MacDiarmid NanoTech Institute at the University of Texas in Dallas. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas, a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the World Innovation Foundation, an Academician of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, an Honorary Professor of three universities in China, and is on editorial and advisory boards of Science, Synthetic Metals, the International Journal of Nanoscience, and the Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Ray has 66 US patents and over 300 publications with over 10,500 citations.
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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.

Tom Richard

Director of Penn State Institutes for Energy and the Environment; Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Richard's Bioconversion Research Group applies fundamental engineering science to microbial ecosystems, developing innovative strategies for a more sustainable agriculture and the emerging bio-based economy. Our particular emphasis is on microbial processes that occur in three-phase porous media, where solid, liquid, and gas phases all play critical roles.

Julianne S. Douglas

Energy Harvesting Project Lead US Army CERDEC CP&ID Power Division
Ms. Julianne Douglas is the Energy Harvesting Technology Lead in the US Army Communications-Electronics Research Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC), Command, Power, and Integration Directorate (CP&ID), Power Division. Her focus areas include research, development, engineering, testing, and evaluation of wearable power systems such as electromechanical kinetic energy harvesting, piezoelectrics, thermoelectrics, and solar. Some areas of interest include biomechanics, robotics, and failure analysis.
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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).

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.
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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