- Button Prize
- IRMMW-THz Society Exceptional Service Award
- IRMMW-THz Society Young Scientist Award
- Best Student Presentation Award
The Kenneth J Button Prize is awarded annually at the International Conference on Infrared, Millimeter and Terahertz Waves in recognition of outstanding contributions to the science of infrared, millimeter, and terahertz waves. The Prize is named after the founder of the Conference Series and is administered by the Infrared, Millimeter, and Terahertz Society. It consists of a medal and a cash prize of $3000. At each annual meeting of the Conference, the Kenneth J Button Prize Committee meets to consider the nominations that have been submitted and elects the recipient of the Prize for the following year. The presentation is made at the following annual meeting of the Conference and the recipient is normally invited to give a plenary lecture at that meeting.
In 1990 an award called "The Infrared and Millimeter Wave Prize," to be awarded "for outstanding contributions to the field of infrared and millimeter waves," was initiated by the Program Council (now known as the International Organizing Committee) and awarded in the first instance to Kenneth J Button, founder of the conference series. The following year it was agreed by the Program Council to rename the Prize "The Kenneth J Button Prize" in recognition of Ken Button's outstanding contributions to the Infrared and Millimeter Wave Community, both as a scientist and as the initiator and driving force of this series of conferences. In September 2013, the criterion for awarding the Prize was changed to its present form: "for outstanding contributions to the science of infrared, millimeter, and terahertz waves".
Congratulations to Alfred Leitenstorfer, University of Konstanz, Germany
"for establishing field-resolved technologies throughout the infrared regime and for studies of quantum phenomena under elementary spatial-temporal confinement".
Any scientist active in the field of the Conference may make a nomination for the K J Button Prize. The closing date for receipt of nominations for the following year is generally April 15, but check this web site each year to make certain. The closing date will be strictly observed. Any nominations received after that date will be carried forward to the following year.
2021 Prize nominations are due on April 15, 2020.
For more information please contact the KJB Prize Committee Chair, Peter H. Siegel.
For instructions on the nomination procedure, please click Prize Nomination Instructions.pdf.
Previous KJB Prize Winners
2019 Dmitri Basov
2018 Qing Hu
2017 Federico Capasso
2016 T. Idehara
2015 P. Goy
2014 X C Zhang
2013 K Sakai
2012 G Nusinovich
2011 D Grischkowsky
2010 D B Rutledge
2009 F Keilmann
2008 A Litvak
2007 T J Parker
2006 X C Shen
2005 N C Luhmann, Jr
2004 M F Kimmitt
2003 S G Liu
2002 A Hadni
2001 K R Chu
2000 M Thumm
1999 A J Sievers
1998 K Mizuno
1997 P L Richards
1997 B Lax - Special bronze medal
1996 M I Petelin
1995 R J Temkin
1994 F K Kneubuhl
1993 J-I Nishizawa
1992 D H Martin
1991 M von Ortenberg
IRMMW-THz Society Exceptional Service Award:
In 2010 the IRMMW-THz Society Board voted to institute an annual award honoring Exceptional Service to the Society and the IRMMW-THz Community at large. This award recognizes a single individual who has contributed continuously, and over a long period of time, to the goals of the IRMMW-THz Society and to the expansion of influence and organization of our technical community.
The prize consists of a certificate, a compendium of all past IRMMW-THz conference brochures, and a waiver of the registration fee for attendance at the conference for the year in which the award is given.
Congratulations to Professor Gun-Sik Park, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea
Nominations for 2021 Society Exceptional Service Award:
Nominations are open to anyone from the IRMMW-THz community. Winners are selected by vote of the IRMMW-THz International Organizing Committee at the conference which precedes the award. Nominations are open two months prior to the conference, and consist of a nominee name and affiliation and short write up describing the relevant contributions that would warrant receipt of the award (no CV's or paper lists, please, this is a Community Service award). Nominations should be sent to the IRMMW-THz General Secretary: Peter H. Siegel at firstname.lastname@example.org. Winners will be announced at the IRMMW-THz Conference Banquet each year.
2021 Exceptional Service Award nominations are due on August 9, 2020.
Previous Exceptional Service Award Winners:
2011: Professor Rick Temkin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
2012: Professor Terrence Parker, University of Colchester, UK.
2013: Professor Michael von Ortenberg of Humboldt University, Germany
2014: Dr. Peter H. Siegel of California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA
2015: Professor Koji Mizuno of Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan
2016: Professor Shenggang Liu of UESTC, Chengdu, China
2017: Professor Manfred Thumm of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
2018: Dr. Gian Piero Gallerano, ENEA-Frascati, Rome, Italy
2019: Martin Koch, Philipps-Universitat Marburg, Marburg, Germany
IRMMW-THz Society Young Scientist Award:
In 2016 the IRMMW-THz Society Board voted to institute a Young Scientist Award to recognize interdisciplinary, outstanding scientific work by a young scientist who has made innovative contributions and discoveries in the field of infrared, millimeter, and Terahertz waves.
The Award consists of a cash prize of $2000 and a certificate of recognition of the research achievements of the award recipient.
At each annual meeting of the Conference, the Young Scientist Award Committee meets to evaluate the applications that have been submitted and elects the recipient of the Prize for the following year. The Award recipient will be invited to deliver a keynote presentation to the IRMMW-THz Conference following the selection.
Congratulations to Dr. Withawat Withayachumnankul, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia
"for making innovative contributions in interdisciplinary terahertz areas, including metamaterials, integrated photonics, antennas & waveguides, spectroscopy, metrology and signal processing, spinning off into devices for communications and radar".
Eligibility Requirements for Applicants
Application for the Award is open to young scientists with a PhD in Physics, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Chemistry, and Biology or any other relevant research field, of any nationality from academia, industry, or national laboratories.
- Applicants must be within 10 years after obtaining the PhD, but not over the age of 40, on the closing date of the application for the award.
- The applicants should have a solid publication record and have published at least one article as a lead author in a high ranking international journal.
- Members of the Award Committee are ineligible for the award.
- The application package to be submitted by the candidate should include:
- An application form
- Two endorsement letters by senior scientists or research advisors
- A short curriculum vitae of the candidate (maximum 2 pages)
- A complete list of publications.
- A copy of the most relevant paper published, or accepted for publication.
The deadline for submitting applications for the following year is May 15, 2020. The closing date will be strictly observed.
Past Young Scientist Award winners
2019: Michael Ruggiero, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont, USA.
2018: Dr. Enrique Castro-Camus, Center for Research in Optics, Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico
Best Student Presentation Award:
In 2011, the IRMMW-THz Society Board voted to implement an annual Best Student Presentation Award to recognize original contributions to the conference from outstanding student attendees. A cash prize is awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place papers through a committee selection and voting process.
During the 2020 submission process, students have the opportunity to sign up for the competition for the Best Student Presentation Award during the conference.
If the candidates have more than one submission, they must choose only ONE paper for consideration.
Based on the reviews of all these papers, the Award Committee will select the IRMMW-THz 2020 Best Student Presentation Award finalists.
The finalists will present their work to the Student Award Committee in a closed session during the conference. The winner will be announced and the Award presented during the conference banquet.
- Candidates may apply for the Award when they upload their one-page conference abstracts. If the candidates have more than one submission, they must choose only ONE paper for consideration. They are being required to submit an extended abstract (2 pages) about 4 weeks after the first one. Applicants are directly informed of details of extended abstract submission by e-mail.
- To qualify, candidates must be full time students at the time of abstract submission, and they must have been fully responsible for the work that is being judged. If the student is shortlisted as a finalist, a letter or statement of support will be requested from their advisor that verifies their status as a student and their responsibility for the paper.
- The Technical Program Committee will review and rank all the student abstracts. The Award Committee will select the 6 finalists. Each finalist must present his/her paper to the Committee in person at a special award session held during the conference.
- The time and location of the presentation will be communicated to the 6 finalists well in advance of the conference. All finalists are expected to attend the conference and make their presentations to the Award Committee in order to qualify for one of the 3 awards.