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2015 ICU Awards


At every ICU congress a Gold Whistle Award is given to a scientist in ultrasonics, for lifetime achievements

Ewald Benes
Affiliation: Vienna University of Technology, Austria



At every ICU congress one or more Silver Whistle Awards are given to scientists, who are relatively early in their career, for their achievements.

Hideyuki Nomura
Affiliation: Department of Communication Engineering, Graduate School of Informatics and Engineering, University of Electro-Communications, 1-5-1 Chofugaoka, Chofu-shi, Tokyo 182-8585, Japan


Kang Il Lee
Affiliation: Department of Physics, Kangwon National University, Chuncheon 200-701, Republic of Korea.



Elsevier, the publisher of the journal Ultrasonics , has sponsored the RWB Stephens Prizes. This competition honors the memory of Professor RWB Stephens (1902-1990) who was active in starting the Ultrasonics International (UI) conferences and who contributed greatly to their success. During his lifetime he was recognized as a great teacher who taught and inspired generations of students in acoustics and ultrasonics. Cash prizes have been awarded to the presenters of the most outstanding papers (oral or poster) presented at the 2015 ICU by a student or recent graduate as determined by a panel of distinguished judges covering a broad diversity of ultrasonics topics. The chair of the Prize Committee was Wolfgang Sachse of Cornell University who is actively engaged with the ICU conferences as well as the journal Ultrasonics.
The awards have been selected by Prof Wolfgang Sachse and a team of jury members, with final presentation done by Wolfgang Sachse and Arthur Every at the Farewell Reception, May 14, 2015.
Award Winners are listed in alphabetical order.

RWB Stephens Prize Winners

Eduardo Lopez Villaverde
Affiliation: CEA-LIST, France
Title: Noise filtering in the synthetic transmit aperture imaging by decomposition of the time-reversal operator: Application to flaw Detection in course-grained stainless steels


Wei Qiu
Affiliation: Tokyo Institute of Technology, Yokohama, Japan
Title: Torque improvement in grease-lubricated ultrasonic motors


Ninnuja Sivanantha
Affiliation: Monash University, VIC, Australie
Title: Characterization of adhesive properties of red blood cells using surface acoustic wave induced flows for rapid diagnostics


Mathilde Stevenin
Affiliation: CEA List, Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex, France
Title: A model to predict modal radiation by finite-sized sources in composite plates with account of caustics


Abigail Swillens
Affiliation: Ghent University, Gent, Belgique
Title: The role of multiphysics modeling in establishing a robust ultrasonic-based cardiovascular risk assessment"


RWB Stephens Honorable Mention Awards

Diego Baresch
Affiliation: Institut des NanoSciences de Paris, Paris, France
Title: Acoustical tweezers - trapping elastic particles with a forward propagating beam of sound


Thomas Chaigne
Affiliation: Institut Langevin, Paris, France
Title: Light control in deep tissue via photoacoustic-guided wavefront shaping


Sid Ali Mansaura
Affiliation: Université du Havre, Le Havre, France
Title: Study of an hybridization gap in a one-dimensional piezoelectric phononic crystal


Alexey Salasyuk
Affiliation: Ioffe Institute, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Title: Acoustically driven magnetization in ferromagnetic nanostructures"


Marc Serra-Garcia
Affiliation: ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Title: Extreme stiffness tunability in non-linear lattices with defects


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