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Smart Structures/NDE 2017 Awards

 SPIE Smart Structures / NDE Lifetime Achievement Awards

Each year the symposium committee acknowledges the efforts of luminaries in the fields of SSM and NDE. Recipients will be honored on Monday morning before the opening plenary session.

 SPIE Best Student Paper Contest

SPIE sponsors the best student paper presentation contest with a cash prize for the first, second, and third place winners. Entrants will be judged by a committee of SPIE volunteers. The top six finalist student authors will present their papers at a special session at the meeting.

In order to be eligible for the contest:

(1) submit an abstract to the meeting by Monday, 12 September 2016.

(2) email an extended abstract (i.e. not the same abstract you submitted for the general meeting) and an accompanying file to SPIEbeststudentcompetition@gmail.com by Monday, 21 November 2016, following the extended abstract template and the accompanying file template. If you have any issues please contact the contest chair, Prof. Darren Hartl at darren.hartl@tamu.edu.

(3) authors must commit to attending the symposium and presenting his or her paper to the committee if selected as one of the finalists.

(4) For those individuals selected as finalists and notified in that regard, a copy of the full paper must be provided to the committee by Monday, 27 February 2017. Please email your full paper to the contest chair, Prof. Darren Hartl darren.hartl@tamu.edu.

(5) the student paper must be accepted to the conference to which it was submitted and student authors are expected to present their papers during the regular symposium as well as at the special session.

Evaluation Criteria: The submitted extended abstracts and finalist paper presentations will each need to demonstrate a connection to smart structures and materials and advance the state-of-the-art. They will be judged according to: 1. Relevance to smart structures and materials applications. 2. Creativity and innovation. 3. Theoretical and/or experimental quality. 4. Appreciation of work done by others 5. Discussion of sources of error (i.e in your work, not in the work of others). 6. In-depth explanation and analysis of results. 7. Effectiveness of presenter's slides and flow of presentation (i.e. oral communication skills).

The sequence of events for the contest is: I. Submission of extended abstract and request for consideration II. Evaluation of abstracts and selection of finalists by the committee and notification of finalists III. Presentation of papers by student finalists at special session of the committee and voting to determine the winners. (Special session) IV. Presentation of certificate to winners.

 Bioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication Best Student 
 Paper Award:
In Memory of H. Don Wolpert

The Bioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication VI conference chairs will choose the Best Student Paper Award from their conference. This award is sponsored by the Optical Society of Southern California. A cash prize will be given to the first, second, and third place winners.

 EAP-in-Action Demonstration Awards

As part of the EAPAD conference of the SPIE Smart Structures/NDE symposia, the EAP-in-Action Demonstration Session has been held over the past 18 years. In an effort to encourage excellence in developing the Electroactive Polymers (EAP) demonstrations and accelerate the transition of EAPs to practical and commercial technologies, award certificates will be issued as of the 2017 SPIE Smart Structures/NDE symposium. A judging committee, consisting of leading EAP experts, will select the award winners among the presenters at the EAP-in-Action Demonstration Session. The judges will assess the presenters' performance as well as the quality and content of the demos. The top ranked three will be recognized and will be awarded certificates.

The demonstration presenters will be ranked based on the following criteria:

1.   Originality/creativity

2.   Use of EAP to drive the demo

3.   Performance of the demo

4.   Potential impact

2017 EAP-in-Action Award Judges:

Siegfried Bauer, Johannes Kepler Univ. Linz (Austria)
David Hanson, Hanson Robotics LLC (United States)
Gabor Kovacs, EMPA (Switzerland)
John D. Madden, The Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)
Qibing Pei, Univ. of California, Los Angeles (United States)
Jonathan Rossier, Univ. of Bristol (United Kingdom)

 Smart Structures Product Implementation Award

The Smart Structures Product Implementation Award is intended to recognize those who are transitioning smart structures and materials technologies into real products. A panel of independent experts selects the best product based on its importance, uniqueness, and usefulness to defense or commercial industries. We are looking for the most innovative-but realistic-products using smart structures and materials technologies. System integration aspects are very important criterion as well.

 The award will be presented during SPIE's Smart Structures and Materials Symposium in front of a group of peers and potential customers. SPIE will publish information about the winner and the product in SPIE Professional; and news items will be sent to appropriate trade journals and newsletters. Applications for the award are due by COB, Friday, 13 January, 2017. Please contact Dr. Janet M. Sater (Institute for Defense Analyses, 4850 Mark Center Drive, Alexandria, VA 22311; ph 703-578-2978, fax 703-931-7792; jsater@ida.org) for more information.

 We also suggest that you submit a related paper to the Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies conference.

2017 Important Dates

Abstract Deadline
12 September 2016

Author Notification
21 November 2016

Manuscripts Due
27 February 2017

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