Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

ELEVATE Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Our student attendees are the future of our conference and our field of research.  ELEVATE Program organizers have curated an array of activities encompassing not only conference specific training, but ongoing career guidance and networking opportunities with seasoned members of our research and industry partners.

Workshop Descriptions

Date: Wednesday, February 9, 2022 and Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Time: 10:00 a.m. EST and 5:00 p.m. EST

Location: Virtual

Fee: Complimentary to those that register

Organizer: Abiola Temidayo Oloye, Applied Superconductivity Center, NHMFL, FSU

Event Description: Scientific communication is an essential but often overlooked skill in higher educational institutions. To address this gap, ASC’22 DEI presents a Virtual Abstract Writing Workshop (VAWW) with the aim to help prepare participants, aimed particularly at students and young professionals, to write higher quality abstracts. Great abstracts should be able to capture the readers’ attention with as little words as possible while conveying an effective summary of their scientific processes and results. Given that the language standard for scientific communication is generally in the English language, persons whose first language is not English face additional challenges in the scientific writing process. This event will address this need by providing examples of good quality abstracts and explore the pitfalls of abstract writing and how to avoid them while providing useful resources for non-native English speakers. This virtual event will be held during the abstract submission window.

Workshop Instructor:

Dr. Peter J. Lee, Deputy Director: Applied Superconductivity Center, NHMFL, FSU

Peter Lee was Program Chair for the 2020 Applied Superconductivity Conference and has served on the Program Committee since 2000. He was also on the Editorial Board of IEEE Trans. Applied Superconductivity from 2008 to 2018. He is currently Deputy Director of the Applied Superconductivity Center at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (Florida State University).

Date: Sunday, August 7, 2022 and Sunday, August 28, 2022

Time: 10:00 a.m. EDT and 5:00 p.m. EDT

Location: Virtual

Fee: Complimentary to those that register

Organizer: Charlie Sanabria, CFS Energy

Event Description: Despite being one of the most crucial steps in the scientific process, scientific writing is rarely taught in educational institutions. In this virtual manuscript preparation workshop we will go through some of the most common elements of style which can make scientific papers more impactful and easier to read. Our workshop will touch many areas: from basic scientific objectivity, to paragraph and manuscript structure, as well as storytelling and flow. We will show various examples of sentences, figures, tables, and paragraphs which can be transformed to create a clearer message—making the key take-aways stand out and, most importantly, be remembered by the readers.

The event is open to all ASC 2022 participants. Registration is required. Please join the discussion!

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Date: Monday, October 24, 2022

Time: 12:45 p.m.

Location: Ballroom A

Speaker: Dr. Julia M. Williams

Organizer: Dr. Daniel S. Davis, Applied Superconductivity Center, NHMFL, FSU

Event Description: As you prepare to initiate a job search, you will certainly update your resume, maybe even your wardrobe. But have you considered how you will talk about yourself and your work when a recruiter asks, So tell me about your research? Rather than speaking off the cuff, successful job seekers create a professional “story” that helps them describe not only what they did but why it prepared them well for the job they want. During this lunchtime session, you’ll have the chance to hear effective professional “stories,” as well as write your own story. You’ll also try out your story and receive feedback. By the end of the session, you’ll have a professional story that brings your resume to life.

Those attending this course will have the opportunity of signing up for a single 15-minute one-on-one coaching session with Julia taking place during the Monday or Tuesday poster sessions.

The event is open to all ASC 2022 participants. Registration is required. Please join the discussion!

Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Time: 12:45 p.m.

Location: Ballroom BC

Organizer: Ashleigh Francis, Applied Superconductivity Center, NHMFL, FSU

Event Description: The Applied Superconductivity Educational Foundation recognizes and is strongly committed to the significance and importance of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. This year we have created an interactive DEI event featuring a panel of speakers to address the relevant topics brought forward from the superconducting community during our last event. These include: Unconscious bias; building awareness; achieving purposeful integration of this awareness into your professional practice; Communication and conflict management; engagement of members of your organization. We feel it is especially relevant to include in our discussion the influence of health, well-being and geo-political environment on diversity and inclusion. A pre-recorded talk will be released prior to the event to stimulate discussion and attendees will be given the opportunity to ask questions and interact directly with the in-person panel members. Click here for the introduction on DEI concerns in the Superconductivity community.

Our panelists for 2022 are:

Dr. Ernesto Bosque

Ernesto Bosque is a Research Faculty member at the Applied Superconductivity Center at the National High Magnetic Field Lab (ASC-NHMFL).
Following a B.S. in mechanical engineering from at the Florida State University, he continued at FSU to earn a PhD under Prof. S. Van Sciver at the NHMFL, experimentally investigating heat and mass transfer phenomena subsequent a catastrophic loss of the isolation vacuum around Helium-II systems. Transitioning from cryogenics, he began his superconducting magnet work under U. Trociewitz in the HTS Coils Group, focused on driving Bi-2212 high temperature superconductor technology into magnet technology. His postdoc focused on multiphysics finite element analysis on prototype coil designs to predict their operational performance limits and comparing the models with experimental results, which served as feedback to validate and improve the modeling effort. As Bi-2212 requires a heat treatment at high temperature and pressure, another focus became a deeper understanding of the heat treatment. He heads operation of a large, high-pressure furnace required for processing the wind-and-react Bi-2212 coils for the coil program at the ASC, as well as for collaborations with industry and the US Magnet Development Program, specifically with LBNL. Over the last few years he has also taken on a Technology Manager role for insulated REBCO efforts within the NHMFL 40T All Superconducting Magnet Project. With over a decade of his career at the lab, he has also served as the Diversity Chair of the NHMFL for several years.

Dr. Tannaz Farrahi

Tannaz Farrahi is a PREP Postdoctoral Fellow in Quantum Nanophotonic Group at the National Institute of Standard and Technology (NIST) and Department of Physics at the University of Colorado, Boulder where she conducts research in the novel design and nano/micro-fabrication of Quantum Detectors such as superconducting nanowire single photons detectors (SNSPDs) and transition edge sensors (TES), test and characterization. Tannaz received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of the Virginia where she was a doctoral Grote Reber fellow with the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) from 2014-2017. Her doctoral dissertation titled “Development of Advanced Technologies for High Frequency Radio Astronomy Detectors” in part resulted in the realization of SIS mixers for the 2nd generation of Band-6 detectors of ALMA radio telescope in collaboration with NRAO. Tannaz’s research interests lie in the area of Quantum Hardware Engineering, Superconducting Electronics, Nanofabrication, and Material science. Dr. Farrahi has published more than 20 peer reviewed conference and journal articles and 4 book chapters. Tannaz has served as the technical coordinator of IEEE-IST conference from 2014-2020. She currently serves as an ASC 2022 electronics organizing committee and the innovation chair program of IEEE-IST 2022.

Ricardo Donaton

Ricardo Donaton is a Senior Technical Staff Member in the IBM Quantum team working on quantum processor development, fabrication and delivery for quantum systems deployment. He currently leads the effort of developing new interconnects and packaging fab processes for quantum computing applications, bringing them from research into development. He has extensive experience in materials and technology development from his work at IBM Quantum, IBM Semiconductor Research and Development Center and IMEC. During his career Ricardo has managed large and small teams of engineers and researchers from different nationalities and had the opportunity to go on an international assignment in France, acting as a technical lead for an emerging technology and also as project manager. This, combined with his Latino background – he was born and raised in São Paulo, Brasil - helped him to solidify a strong cross-cultural awareness. He is a member of the Hispanics@IBM community and a mentor in IBM. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from IMEC / Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.
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