ELEVATE Plenary Sessions

ELEVATE Plenary Sessions

Plenary sessions, by definition, are intended to be complete, unreserved and inclusive to all.  The ELEVATE program organizers are proud to offer multiple plenary scale sessions both during the conference proper and in advance of the event.  These sessions are intended to promote emerging topics within our field and encourage open dialogue amongst our entire community.

Plenary Sessions Descriptions

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.

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.

Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Time: 9:00 a.m.

Location: Ballroom BC

Organizer: Luigi Muzzi, ENEA

Event Description: In the frame of the ELEVATE Program, for the purpose of promoting professional & leadership development, an Early Career Plenaries event will be organized at the 2022 Applied Superconductivity Conference. This event follows the line traced by successful Young Scientist Plenary events at past Applied Superconductivity and Magnet Technology conferences, offering to early career scientists that are contributing significantly to developments in applied superconductivity, the prestigious opportunity to illustrate with short plenary talks their achievements or vision for future directions in our field. The early career scientists will be selected among recommendations made by the Program Committee, to have demonstrated outstanding, significant potential in the field of superconductivity and have gained the recognition and interest of other scientists in the community. The organizing committee believes that this addition to the plenary sessions gives the entire applied superconductivity community exposure to the novel thoughts, approaches and unexplored paths that these early career scientists can deliver.

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