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Ultrasonics Research Group PhD student wins top international IEEE award

20 Nov 2008

Sean McSweeney, a PhD student in the Ultrasonics Research Group, UCC won a best student paper prize at the 2008 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium held in Beijing.

Sean McSweeney, a PhD student in the Ultrasonics Research Group, UCC won a best student paper prize at the 2008 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium held in Beijing. The IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium is the largest annual international conference on ultrasonics, and covers cutting-edge research in medical ultrasound, industrial applications, non-destructive evaluation (NDE), physical acoustics, microacoustics, and ultrasonic transducer design. Over 1,000 international researchers from Europe, the USA, Canada, Japan and China attended the conference in Beijing in November 2008 with nearly 700 papers presented at the event. Sean’s prestigious award was for his paper titled “Improving the bandwidth of capacitive ultrasonic transducers using selective networks”, which described a novel technique using an electronic circuit to manipulate the output of an ultrasonic sensor, increase its frequency range, and to improve its efficiency. Sean also filed a patent related to his work before flying out to Beijing to defend his paper in front of a panel of international experts. Sean was awarded an IRCSET Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship under the 2007 Embark Initiative, and is currently in the second year of his PhD in the Department of Electrical Engineering. His research is investigating high-power non-contact ultrasonic applications under the supervision of Dr Bill Wright.

Picture shows (L-R): Professor Jian-yu Lu, University of Toledo, Conference Organiser; Professor Susan Trolier-McKinstry, Penne State University, President of the IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control Society; Seán McSweeney, UCC; Dr Keith A. Wear, Food and Drug Administration, Technical Chair of the conference.

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