11 March 2016

Iida honored for work on superconductors, in absentia

Kazumasa IidaKazumasa Iida. Kazumasa Iida had a bit of a conflict this week. A professor in the Graduate School of Engineering at Japan’s Nagoya University, he was scheduled for magnet time with one of the National MagLab’s 35 tesla magnets. Unfortunately, that happened to coincide with the International Cryogenic Materials Conference (ICMC) taking place in New Delhi, India, where Iida was slated to receive the ICMC Cryogenic Materials Award for Excellence. It was one of those “must be present to win” situations: Officially, scientists selected for the honor must attend the conference. But Iida was loath to forgo the magnet time for his experiment, "Jc and Hc2 characterizations of P-doped Ba-122 thin films on IBAD-MgO tape in high field."

Luckily, where there’s a problem, MagLab engineers are bound to find a solution, as was the case with this scheduling conundrum. MagLab engineers Bob Walsh and Eric Hellstrom orchestrated and videotaped a mini awards ceremony this week at the MagLab that was broadcast at the conference plenary talk in New Delhi, a creative solution that conference sponsors readily accepted.

The award recognizes an individual, usually under the age of 40, for excellence in advancing the knowledge of cryogenic materials over recent years. Iida is the second researcher to be honored by the award since it was launched in 2014. The first to win the award was Fumitake Kametani in the Applied Superconductivity Center at the MagLab.

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