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Prof. Herman H. J. ten Kate, of the University of Twente, to Receive Prestigious IEEE Award in Applied Superconductivity

Prof. Herman H. J. ten Kate, of the University of Twente, to Receive Prestigious

IEEE Award in Applied Superconductivity

For Immediate Release

Prof. Herman H. J. ten Kate, Extraordinary Professor of Industrial Applications of Superconductivity of the Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands, and the ATLAS Magnet System Project Leader at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) in Geneva Switzerland, has been selected by the Council of Superconductivity of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) to receive the “IEEE Award for Continuing and Significant Contributions in the Field of Applied Superconductivity” for his many contributions to the use of high field superconducting magnets in high energy physics experiments especially for his technical and managerial leadership in the constructions and operation of the ATLAS magnet for the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. The Award will be presented to Prof. Ten Kate on July 15, 2013 during the Opening Session of the 23rd International Conference on Magnet Technology (MT-23) which will be held at the Westin Copley Place Hotel in Boston MA. The Award consists of an engraved plaque, an honorarium of 5,000 US Dollars and an inscribed medallion made of niobium, the metal most commonly used in superconductor applications.

The citation associated with the Award recognizes Prof. Ten Kate for his contributions to the field of applied superconductivity, in particular, for his pioneering work in the construction of the first full-size accelerator dipole magnet employing Nb3Sn wire, operating above 11 tesla, his technical and managerial leadership in the design, construction, commissioning and operation of the ATLAS Superconducting Magnet System for the LHC at CERN, and for training numerous young engineers and scientists on technical superconductors and their application in magnet systems.

Prof. Ten Kate received his Bachelor degree from the University of Twente in 1976, his M.Sc. degree in Applied Physics and Superconductivity in 1980 (for research on superconducting switches and transformers) and his Ph.D. degree for thesis research on ‘Superconducting Rectifiers” in 1985. IN 1985 he became an assistant professor at the University of Twente and, was the leader of the High Current Superconductivity Group from 1991 though 1996.

In 1997, Prof Ten Kate was appointed to a special chair as Extraordinary Professor for Industrial Applications of Superconductivity. IN 1996 he accepted a joint appointment at CERN where he worked on a number of projects developing high performance, high field superconducting magnets for particle accelerator applications as a staff member of the Physics Department and became the ATLAS Magnet Systems Project Leader. The ATLAS Magnet system is the largest superconducting magnet system built for particle accelerator applications and played a critical role on the recent discovery of the Higgs boson. Currently, Prof Ten Kate retains both appointments at CERN and the University of Twente.

The IEEE Award for Continuing and Significant Contributions in the Field of Applied Superconductivity for large-scale applications has been presented to a total of 17 individuals during the past 14 years, since the Award was established. Within the applied superconductivity community worldwide, this Award is considered the premier award for the recognition of technical contributions in the field.

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For Additional Information, contact:

Dr. Martin Nisenoff
Vice President, Awards and Recognition
IEEE Council on Superconductivity
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Minneapolis MN 55403-1958 USA

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