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Society Prizes

Current Winner


Professor Xue-Chu Shen

Shanghai University of Technology, China

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. 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 Winners will be announced at the IRMMW-THz Conference Banquet each year.

THE 2021 RECIPIENT IS: Professor Xue-Chu Shen, Shanghai Universoity of Technology, China

The first (2011) recipient of the IRMMW-THz Exceptional Service Award was Professor Rick Temkin of MIT, USA. His dedication reads:
"This compilation of IRMMW conference brochures is dedicated to you, Richard J. Temkin, in grateful recognition of so many years of dedicated service to the conference series, the community which it serves, and the many past, present and future members of the International and Local Organizing Committees. No one in our community has given more and contributed so selflessly to help so many. We are eternally grateful. From your colleagues and friends on the board of the 2010 International Society of Infrared, Millimeter, and Terahertz Waves" 


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 of ENEA-Frascati, Rome, Italy

2019: Professor Martin Koch, Marburg University, Germany

2020: Professor Gun-Sik Park, Seoul National University, South Korea

The IRMMW-THz Conference Best Student Paper Awards

In 2011 the IRMMW-THz Society Board voted to implement an annual "Best Student Paper Prize" to recognize original contributions to the conference from outstanding student attendees. The prize is awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place papers through a committee selection and voting process. Each candidate must present his/her paper to the awards review committee at the conference during which the award is presented. Winners are announced at the banquet or at one of the conference Plenary sessions. Entry rules and procedures are posted on the local conference website in advance of the final paper submission deadline. Candidates may submit their entry when they upload their abstract.


The 2020 Student Paper Prize Commitee was Chaired by Dr. Nuria Llombart-Juan of Technical University Delft, Netherlands. The committee selected 6 finalists from 229 entries to present their papers to a special session of its members at the virtual conference in Buffalo, NY, USA. The winners were announced at the CLOSING CEREMONY. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR FINALISTS!

WINNERS for 2020:

FIRST PLACE: Spencer Ammerman, Michigan State University, USA - "THz-STM of Atomically Precise Graphene Nanoribbons"

FIRST PLACE: Ritesh Jain, University of Wuppertal, Germany - "Silicon-Integrated Single Pixel Terahertz Camera"

SECOND PLACE: Nicolas Marquez Peraca, Rice University, USA - "Probing the Low-Temperature Phase Transition in ErxY1-xFeO3 by Terahertz Magnetospectroscopy"

THIRD PLACE: Markus Plankl, Univesity Regensburg, Germany - "Mapping the Ultrafast Charge Transfer in Van der Waals Heterostructures"

RUNNER-UP: Shuya Iwamatsu, Osaka University, Japan - "Resonant Tunneling Diode Array Oscillator Integrated with Slot-Ring Antenna for Terahertz Wireless Communications"

RUNNER-UP: Mirco Kutas, Fraunhofer ITWM, Germany - "Terahertz Quantum Sensing with Visible Light"