Society Brief - April 2022
EDS Awards

Congratulations to the IEEE EDS Fellows Elected in 2022


Since 1963, IEEE has acknowledged those individuals who have contributed to the advancement of engineering science and technology. The honor of Fellow is bestowed on the recipient who has had an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest.


J.J. Ebers Award Call for Nominations
open until 1 July 2022

Have you or a colleague made either a single or a series of contributions of recognized scientific, economic, or social significance in the broad field of electron devices? Submit your EDS J.J. Ebers Award nomination today!


Lester F. Eastman Award - Call for Nominations

The Lester F. Eastman Award is named after the late Professor Lester F. Eastman. Professor Eastman, a world leader in the physics and technology of compound semiconductor materials and devices; invented, fabricated, and investigated many novel semiconductor materials and devices. To be eligible, the nomineee must be active in the semiconductor devices field and have outstanding achievements.

75th Anniversary of the Transistor Celebration
Join EDS in Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Transistor!
November 1947 – January 1948 were the three magical months that paved the way for modern-day electronics. This was done by three brilliant scientists who were members of the Mervin Kelly’s Solid State Physics Group and Semiconductor Sub-Group at Bell Labs, which were given the challenging task of creating a solid-state semiconductor switch that could replace the vacuum tube. The famous physicists - Walter Brattain and John Bardeen managed to make the first working transistor, now known as the point-contact transistor. The invention was made on 16 December 1947. A week after that, the device was officially demonstrated to Bell Labs executives as a "magnificent Christmas present." In January 1948, William Shockley demonstrated the junction transistor. All three received The Nobel Prize in Physics (1956), and as per Nobel Prize Committee - "In 1947 John Bardeen and Walter Brattain produced a semiconductor amplifier, which was further developed by William Shockley. The component was named a "transistor."

The IEEE Electron Devices Society is celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Transistor with special content in its publications, as well as local events organized by its chapters and sponsored conferences.

Visit our Society website for information and upcoming events.

EDS Conferences
IEEE EDS Conference Brief - Your Link to Important IEEE Technical Events

Don't miss important Call for Papers or Abstract deadlines with this convenient resource of electron device related conference announcements.

Our society sponsored conferences provide access to information related to all aspects of our Field of Interest, which includes all electron and ion based devices, in their classical or quantum states, using environments and materials in their lowest to highest conducting phase, in simple or engineered assembly, interacting with and delivering photo-electronic, electro-magnetic, electromechanical, electro-thermal, and bio-electronic signals. The Society sponsors and reports on education, research, development and manufacturing aspects and is involved in science, theory, engineering, experimentation, simulation, modeling, design, fabrication, interconnection, reliability of such devices and their applications.

View the EDS Conference Brief archive on the EDS website.
EDS Women in Engineering

Murphy's Laws and Their Importance in Engineering

In the April 2022 issue of the EDS Newsletter we share Dr. Kelin J. Kuhn's insights into the fundamental laws of modern engineering. Dr. Kuhn is a world-renowned materials scientist.

EDS Humanitarian News

The US$1 Shield: Low-Cost Photocatalytic Coatings on Plastic Face Shields for SARS-COV-2 Inactivation

Since the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemics, many scientists have focused their efforts in developing a vaccine that by now has helped to immunize billions of people against the SARS-Cov-2 virus worldwide. This is possible if mature technology is already accessible to effectively process genetically engineered elements like the mRNA (messenger RNA) and others. This in turn, relies on the continuous advancement of several scientific fields, including those used in the semiconductor industry. One of the additional efforts being done by the scientific community is the development of highly-efficient photocatalytic materials used as thin-films for coating large-area surfaces of common materials like plastics, metals, ceramics, etc. Upon absorption of visible light, these photocatalytic coatings generate large amounts of reactive oxygen species which, under certain conditions, are able to inactivate the SARS-Cov-2 virions adhered to those surfaces by first degrading their lipid bilayer and then, exposing the contents of these virions to further damage and thus, inactivating them fully.

This is exactly what was done at INAOE in Puebla, Mexico after being financed with US$5,000 by the IEEE HAC/SIGHT "Call for Proposals Focused on COVID-19 Response." In a record time of about 4 months, 7 large-area screen panels and almost 2,000 plastic face shields were coated with our photocatalytic films and ultimately donated to several public organizations in order to better protect the users of these simple but powerful tools against a COVID-19 infection. In this way, technology, students and colleagues as well as IEEE HAC/SIGHT, truly impact our communities even in times of global pandemics, thus confirming the IEEE motto of creating a positive impact for the benefit of humanity.
Publication - EDS Newsletter
Invention of the Transistor 75 years Ago; The Origin of Device Miniaturization Towards Super-Intelligent Society

In the April 2022 issue of the EDS Newsletter, read the first in a series of articles celebrating the 75th anniversary of the invention of transistors. The author, Dr. Hiroshi Iwai, is a semiconductor device engineer who contributed to the development of LSI technologies at Toshiba, Tokyo Institute of Technology, and NYCU for nearly half a century. A dedicated IEEE EDS member, Dr. Iwai served as the IEEE EDS President (2004~2005), and the IEEE Division I Director (2010~11). He is an IEEE Life Fellow, an IEEE EDS Eminent Lecturer and an IEEE IRDS committee member.

Society Governance
EDS Member Highlight: Ravi Todi, EDS President

Thank you to Ravi Todi for his continued service as EDS President. Ravi has committed countless hours to advance the IEEE and EDS mission for the past several years. Accepting increasing levels of responsibility within the society, he also continued to serve in other IEEE leadership positions. We look forward to his leadership to guide the society to higher achievements.

Society Chapter News
Spotlight on the IEEE EDS National Institute of Technology Silchar Student Branch Chapter
Learn about the outstanding efforts of the EDS members and volunteers whose activities created the success story of this student branch, and propelled them to be honored with the 2021 EDS Student Branch Chapter of the Year Award. Read the full article in the EDS Newsletter's Chapter News section.
EDS Student News
IEEE Virtual Speakers Bureau - Sharing Knowledge with Future Leaders

An IEEE network of volunteer speakers to reach students in real time using online tools and resources.

Speakers present on a variety of topics, from project management, technology policy, clean energy, AI, design, etc. Students benefit from the speakers knowledge and experience and work with the volunteer to schedule an event. Learn how to request an event or volunteer to be a speaker.

Join a Local IEEE EDS Student Chapter
Networking & Collaboration Opportunities - Join a Local IEEE Society Chapter!

IEEE's chapters are portals to great jobs, mentors, and internships.

@IEEE chapter-organized activities put you face to face with distinguished members of academia and industry, and can be a place for you to give back to your community through volunteerism.

Join today and get involved with a local Chapter.
IEEE Information

Developing IEEE Continuing Education Resources for Practicing Engineers in Africa

The IEEE Continu►ED initiative develops continuing education resources for practicing engineers and technical professionals in countries served by the IEEE Region 8 Africa Council. This is a three-year project which will focus on six countries with significant IEEE membership and active IEEE sections: Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zambia. A presentation scheduled for 3 May 2022 will describe the history of the project, goals, and ways IEEE members can become involved.
IEEE Resources
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