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Awards

SVC Mentor Award Program

The following individuals have been selected by the SVC Awards Committee to receive the Mentor Award in recognition for their outstanding contributions to the development of vacuum coating technology or for their special contributions to the Society.

2016 Mentor Award Recipients

David J. Christie
Advanced Energy Industries, Inc., Fort Collins, CO
For his contributions to the understanding of, and power supply technology supporting, reactive magnetron sputtering

 
Paolo Raugei
Deposition Technology Innovations, Jeffersonville, IN
For his key roles in championing a SVC strategic plan, as a founder of the SVC scholarship program and the SVC Foundation, for service on both boards of directors, and as Foundation Chair.

 

Below are the 2001-2015 Mentor Award Recipients (alphabetical)

Collin Alexander
Technical Enterprises
Inaugural Mentor Award Recipient
For his contributions to the development of early commercial optical coatings.

 
André Anders
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Mentor Award Recipient 2011
For his contributions to the field of plasma science and technology and his education of the vacuum coatings technical community through books, courses, and articles.

David Erik Aspnes
North Carolina State University
Mentor Award Recipient 2011
For his contributions to ellipsometry of thin films.

Charles A. Baer
Charles A. Baer Associates
Mentor Award Recipient 2007
For his numerous innovations in vacuum roll to roll, air-to-air, fiber, and particle coating technology at many companies, and for his mentoring activities both at home and overseas.

Ralf Bandorf
Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST
Mentor Award Recipient 2014
For his remarkable development of the High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering (HIPIMS) process at an industrial scale and establishing the HIPIMS community in Europe and worldwide.

Hana Baránková
Angstrom Laboratory, Uppsala University
Mentor Award Recipient 2006
For the development of numerous novel plasma sources and her many efforts on behalf of the SVC.

Ladislav Bárdos
Angstrom Laboratory, Uppsala University
Mentor Award Recipient 2010
For his leading research in plasma processes and contributions to the technical program of the SVC.

Charles Bishop
C.A. Bishop Consulting Ltd.
Mentor Award Recipient 2008
For his contributions to web coating technology by sharing through books and publications much of what he has learned from the development of many web-based deposition processes and products.

Clark Bright
3M Company
Mentor Award Recipient 2009
For his worldwide mentorship in transparent conductive coatings and for his leadership in the SVC at all levels.

Tony Broomfield
General Vacuum Equipment (retired)
Mentor Award Recipient 2007
For his contributions to the roll coating industry through product and equipment development, especially vacuum metallized packaging, and to his sponsorship of roll coating technology within the SVC.

Adriana Creatore
Eindhoven University of Technology
Mentor Award Recipient 2014
For her pioneering work on "ultrathin" organic films for moisture permeation barriers.

Arutiun P. Ehiasarian
Sheffield Hallam University
Mentor Award Recipient 2012
For his technical contributions to the development and the industrialization of High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering.

Harold Gadon
Providence Metallizing Company, Inc. (retired)
Mentor Award Recipient 2004
For his support of those new to vacuum coating technology, and his contributions to industry and the SVC.

Claes G. Granqvist
Uppsala University, Sweden
Mentor Award Recipient 2011
For his contributions to research and education in coating technologies that help enable displays, solar cells, and electrochromic windows.

Joe Greene
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne; Linköping University; National Taiwan University of Science and Technology
Mentor Award Recipient 2016
For his seminal scientific and educational contributions to the evolving technologies of vacuum deposited coatings and thin film materials.

 
Albany Grubb
ADG Associates, LLC
Mentor Award Recipient 2002
For his role in the development and commercialization of large-scale planar and cylindrical magnetron sputtering.
Michael Hansen (1948–2000)
Donnelly Corporation and Hansen Enterprises
Inaugural Mentor Award Recipient
For his years of leadership and support to the SVC as an effective means of promoting commercial uses of vacuum coating.

Bernard M. Henry (1965-2007)
University of Oxford
Mentor Award Recipient 2008
For his contributions using unconventional approaches to the manufacture and characterization of barrier and non-ITO transparent coatings through effective international collaboration between many international companies and his Oxford University research laboratory.

Russ Hill
VON ARDENNE Coating Technology
Mentor Award Recipient 2004
For his leadership in the technology and development of the industrial applications of large area coating technology including the training of others.

Richard A. Hoffman (1937–2001)
Northwestern University
Inaugural Mentor Award Recipient
For improving our understanding of the effects of ion bombardment during the growth of thin films.

Norbert Kaiser
Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF, Germany
Mentor Award Recipient 2014
For his many contributions to optical coating technology and his continuing efforts to attract young professionals to this field of science.

Harold R. Kaufman
Kaufman & Robinson, Inc.
Mentor Award Recipient 2010
For his research and innovation in ion gun technology.

Jolanta Klemberg-Sapieha
École Polytechnique de Montréal
Mentor Award Recipient 2009
For her contributions to tribological coating technology and strong leadership with the Tribological Coatings TAC.

George Lane (1935–2005)
American Vacuum Process
Inaugural Mentor Award Recipient
For his early leadership and support of the SVC Education Program.

Rainer Ludwig
Applied Films GmbH & Co. KG
Mentor Award Recipient 2005
For his contributions to sputtering and elecron beam coating, especially as it relates to web coating.
John Marcantonio
Singulus Technologies, Inc.
Inaugural Mentor Award Recipient
For his leadership in helping the SVC evolve into a stronger international society 

Peter Martin
Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratory
Mentor Award Recipient 2003
For his work in optical coating materials and processes and contributions to the technical programs of the SVC.

Ludvik Martinu
École Polytechnique
Mentor Award Recipient 2005
For contributions to the SVC by his leading research in the area of optical and functinal coatings, his organization activity, and by his dedication to promote students' participation in the SVC community.

John Matteucci (1938–2000)
Flex Products, Inc.
Inaugural Mentor Award Recipient
For his achievements in designing and building large-scale, commercially successful, optical multilayer evaporative and sputter coating machines.

Allan Matthews
University of Sheffield
Mentor Award Recipient 2016
For his contributions and broad technical leadership in the field of vacuum coatings, for strengthening the quality of the SVC technical program especially focusing on peer reviewed contributions, and his efforts in bringing academia and industry together.

 
Donald M. Mattox
Sandia National Laboratories (retired)
Inaugural Mentor Award Recipient
For his development of the ion plating process and long-term commitment to education in the vacuum coating community.
Leon McCrary
Denton Vacuum (retired)
Mentor Award Recipient 2006
For his contributions to the commercialization of large scale optical coating technology and his service to the SVC.

Carlo Misiano
Romana Film Sottili SRL
Mentor Award Recipient 2005
For his wide ranging contributions to all aspects of vacuum coating technology and for his many services to the communiy of vacuum users.
Dale E. Morton
Denton Vacuum, LLC (retired)
Mentor Award Recipient 2002
For his early development work on IR coatings and his pioneering of automated optical monitoring systems.

John O’Hanlon
University of Arizona (retired)
Mentor Award Recipient 2007
For his book “A User's Guide to Vacuum Technology,” which guided and inspired many within the SVC and the entire vacuum technology community.

Doug Pelleymounter
Advanced Energy Industries, Inc.
Mentor Award Recipient 2009
For his outstanding mentorship to sputtering professionals through process design, applications engineering, and problem solving in real world applications.

Roger Phillips
Flex Products, Inc.
Mentor Award Recipient 2003
For his achievements in multilayer thin film optical anticounterfeiting devices.

Neil M. Poley
IBM Corporation (retired)
Inaugural Mentor Award Recipient
For leading the SVC beyond the early decorative processes into other PVD disciplines.
Jim Seeser
JDS Uniphase (retired)
Mentor Award Recipient 2006
For his contributions to the field of sputtering, particularly as applied to precision optics, and his leadership as a member of the SVC.
Syed Ismat Shah
University of Delaware
Mentor Award Recipient 2012
For his leadership of the SVC Education program and his effort in expanding it internationally through innovative uses of the internet.
Ric Shimshock
MLD Technologies
Mentor Award Recipient 2012
For his contributions to the SVC's efforts to develop relationships with other domestic and international society, and his dedication to the Experts Corner and informal networking to assist SVC Members.
William D. Sproul
Advanced Energy Industries, Inc.
Mentor Award Recipient 2003
For his contributions to high-rate reactive unbalanced magnetron sputtering of hard and superhard coatings.

Richard Swisher
Sheldahl, Inc.
Mentor Award Recipient 2004
For willingly sharing his extensive and valuable experience in vacuum technology with others during his long involvement with the SVC.

Bernd Szyszka
Technical University of Berlin and Fraunhofer Institute of Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST
Mentor Award Recipient 2013
For his many contributions to the understanding and implementation of industrial scale reactive sputter deposition processes.
George Thompson
Commonwealth Scientific (retired)
Mentor Award Recipient 2008
For his leadership in the development and application of broad-beam ion sources.

John Thornton (1933–1987)
University of Illinois
Inaugural Mentor Award Recipient
For his achievements in magnetron sputtering.

Roel Tietema
Hauzer Techno Coating BV
Mentor Award Recipient 2008
For his leadership in the development of the Decorative and Tribological Coatings TAC and for his contributions to multiple cathode closed-field unbalanced magnetron sputtering systems.

Ted Van Vorous (1929–2004)
Vac-Tec Systems (retired)
Inaugural Mentor Award Recipient
For his achievements in the development and commercialization of planar magnetron sputtering.

John Vossen (1937–1995)
David Sarnoff Research Center
Inaugural Mentor Award Recipient
For his achievements in thin film physics, his leadership of the SVC, and his commitment to education within the Society.

Kimo M. Welch
Kimo Welch Consultants
Mentor Award Recipient 2002
For his contributions to high vacuum pumping by cryopumping and for the education of vacuum technologists.

William D. Westwood
Northern Electric/Bell Northern Research
Mentor Award Recipient 2013
For his contributions to the development of mid-frequency dual-cathode sputtering.


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