Minutes of the Sensor Division Executive Committee of the ECS

Hilton Hotel

San Francisco, California

Sunday Sept. 2, 2001

 (updated 25 September 2001)

Meeting called to order at 8:36pm by Joe Stetter.


Present: Cindy Bruckner-Lea, Elena Babes, Tse-Cuan Chou, Henry Hughes, Gary Hunter, Steffi Krause,  Chung-Chiun Liu, Rangachary Mukundan, Tony Ricco, Joe Stetter, Petr Vanýsek, Fred Yamagishi, Ted Zellers


  1. Addition to the list of symposia organizers from the last meeting—Gary Hunter will help organize “Sensing in Industrial and Extreme Applications” in Philadelphia. The call for papers is already published, but Joe Stetter will include Gary in future planning this symposium.

Minutes from the last meeting are approved.


  1. Treasurer’s Report

Custodian Fund:

      Jan 1, 2001 balance: 30,466.36

      June 30, 2001 balance: 33,371.24

Outstanding Achievement Award

      Jan 1, 2001 balance: 5,768.75

      June 30, 2001 balance: 5,941.75


3.  Executive committee nominations for the Sensor Division

       Gary Hunter, NASA Glenn

       Rangachary Mukandan, Los Alamos National Lab

Both were approved for addition to Executive Committee.


  1. Discussion about the Sensor Division membership and participation

-         Discussed need to keep recruiting new members. Revenue from meeting abstracts is dependent upon the number of members in the sensor division. 

-         There was a question about how ECS members’ affiliation with divisions can be updated if their interests change.

-         Need more volunteers and active executive committee members to help in organizing symposia.


  1. Stetter proposed transfer of 10K from general custodial to the award fund. The purpose would be to make the award self-sustaining so that the interest would pay for the 1K Outstanding Achievement award that is given every 2 years. Hughes—favors keeping money in general fund, since this money can be accessed as needed for the award, and the interest earned is the same for both accounts. Ricco/Liu money for the award can be spent from either account, so they also support not transferring funds to the award account. Zellers also favored not letting funding grow in the award account, since money in this account is only available for the award, and only 1K is needed for the award every 2 years. Another option discussed: we could add to the account whenever the award is given, to keep the award account stable and large enough to provide funding for several awards.  Ricco—motion not to let the award account go below 3K (this would be three times award amount), which would provide a six-year cushion since the award is given every two years. Note: if the award amount increases, the baseline level of the award account will increase. This motion was approved.    So, the Outstanding Achievement Award account will be maintained at a level that is at least 3 times the award amount.


  1. Joe Stetter appointed the selection committee for the upcoming Outstanding Achievement Award for the Sensor Division.

Chair of the committee: Peter Hesketh (past chair of the Sensor Division)

Committee members: Cindy Bruckner-Lea, Dick Crooks, Tony Ricco, Rangachary Mukandan.

Procedure: The call for nominations was published in the last issue of Interface. Nominations are closed on Jan 1, 2002, and the recommended award recipient is selected from the nominees by the Sensor Division award committee before the May meeting. The ECS awards committee then reviews/approves the Sensor Division Outstanding Achievement Award selection at the May meeting. The award is then presented at the SLC meeting in Fall 2002.


  1. Proceedings Volumes (PV) Discussion

Ricco summarized a “Strawman Proposal” written by Mary Yess from ECS regarding changes in the current PVs. The key features of her draft proposal are: revise PV program so that there are fewer PVs with more papers per PV; provide a new place to publish “stray” papers from symposia that do not have PVs (since there will be fewer PVs)---this would be the ECS Transactions (electronic publication); PV papers would also be in ECS Transactions (electronically available).

      General Discussion followed:

- It is nice to have papers on similar topics grouped together in PVs or special (peer-reviewed) journal issues.

- Ricco supports publishing peer-reviewed PV papers as special issues of the ECS journal.

- Stetter—let symposium chairman collect papers, and serve as guest editors to help referee the papers. Page charges could be added, if needed to make up the lost PV revenue.

- Ricco—The loss of PVs could be revenue neutral for ECS, by raising the price of journal so that the journal price includes the previous added income from PVs.

- Zellers—some problems with omitting PVs: revenue to division may be lost, and there would be extra effort for the journal editors.

- Ricco/Stetter - guest editors could be appointed for the special issues.

- Zellers—PVs provide a way to publish data that is new and cutting edge, but not ready for a full paper.

- Lui—Example that seems to work—Sensor and Actuators B has special issues from meetings. Review comments are given at the meeting to minimize time requirements for reviewing the papers. 

- Zellers - knows of people that only publish proceedings volumes, so supports continuing proceedings volumes.

- Ricco—PV is really an extended abstract/digest. He is not enthusiastic about adding “Transactions”, which is another place for non-peer reviewed articles. PV income is no longer critical for survival of the sensor division, since we now have enough members to generate revenue from the meeting abstract books.

-      Hughes—industrial researchers cannot always prepare peer-reviewed papers. But they are often interested in publishing shorter PV papers. So, he supports continuing PVs.

-      Zellers—PVs are also useful because they are quickly published.

-      Stetter—the pressure of writing PV papers turns some scientists away from symposia.

-         Ricco—maybe reducing the minimum number of papers included from a symposium in a PV volume to a number less than 80%, would allow people to present papers without preparing PVs.

-         Bruckner-Lea –She does not like the minimum PV paper requirements for symposia that requires almost everyone presenting a paper to write a PV. If the PV papers are published electronically in a searchable format such as “Transactions”, they could be prepared by anyone that would like to write a PV paper, but do not have to be submitted by those not interested in writing non-peer reviewed papers. The option of special peer-reviewed ECS journal issues also seems like a good way to group papers of similar topics. If both electronic Transactions (not-peer reviewed) and special ECS issues (peer-reviewed) are adopted, it seems that the added number of special ECS issues would not be prohibitive (would not result in large numbers of special issues or sections of the ECS journal).


  1. Upcoming Symposia


Nanotechnology (all divisions and groups)


Wide Bandgap Semiconductors for Photonic and Electronic Devices and Sensors II (Electronics/Sensor; Ren, Stokes, Pearton, Han, Baca, Ng, Chyi, Moustakas)


Microanalytical Devices and Instrumentation – no PV is planned. A Sensor Division Representative is needed. (Zellers/Bruckner-Lea volunteer to help, if needed)


Chemically Modified Electrodes 9Physical/OBE/Sensor; Bartlett, Taniguchi, Lennox, Marsan)


Microfabricated Systems and MEMs VI (Sensor/Dielectric/Eelctronics; Hesketh, Ang, Davidson, Hughes, Misra)


Sensing in Industrial and Extreme Applications (Sensor; Cernosek, Stetter, Weidner, Hunter)


Salt Lake City

Acoustic Wave Based Sensors (Sensor; Hillman, Zellers, Martin, Cernosek)

Solid State Ionic Devices III and Ceramic Sensors (Vanysek)

Drop combinatorial electrode arrays? No organizer to support??

Sensing Systems (includes: packaging, CMOS systems/technology and biosensor systems; Hunter, Bhonsali, Bruckner-Lea, Stetter)


Paris April 27-May 2, 2003

Chemical and Biological Sensors and Analytical Methods III

This will be one general  chemical sensors session. Joe mentioned that OBE wanted to co-organize this. This is OK, but we will request that all funding from a PV for this symposium returns to the sensor division (this has been the case in past years too). Vanysek—be sure to include electroanalytical sensors/systems in the call for papers, since this is a strong research area in Europe. 

Additional discussion: may need more invited speakers for this symposium to draw people due to travel limitations.


Future Topics Discussed:

Zellers: Hybrid sensor technologies


  1. Interface advisory board meeting information (Bruckner-Lea)

Lots of events are planned for the Phildelphia meeting (Centennial meeting of ECS)

-         ECS would like at least several people from each division to attend the business luncheon at the Philadelphia meeting. This will be a special event, with representatives from other societies attending.

-         There will be a special celebration on Wednesday night at the Philadelphia meeting with food and drinks. This will be free for all meeting attendees*.

-         The Sensor division needs to provide something(s) representing our division for the “100 year time capsule” at the Philadelphia meeting.


       10:21 pm  meeting adjourned.



September 25, 2001

Joe Stetter received a request for the Sensor Division to donate $1000 to the Centennial Celebration* meeting in Philadelphia. As of mid-September, 10 of the 13 ECS divisions had contributed an average amount of $1,830. The Sensor Division Executive Committee voted by e-mail from September 21-25, and agreed to contribute $1000 to the Philadelphia meeting.





ECS Sensor Division Executive Committee

Fall 2001


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Phone number


Joe Stetter (Chair)



Illinois Institute of Technology

Dick Crooks (Vice Chair)

crooks@ tamu.edu



Cindy Bruckner-Lea (Sec/Treas)



Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Karel Domansky




Greg Frye




Jay Grate



Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Jed Harrison



University of Alberta

Robert Hillman



University of Leicester

George Horvai

horvai@ ch.bme.hu


Technical University of Budapest

Henry Hughes




Gary Hunter




Art Janata



Georgia Institute of Technology

Jing Li



Cyrano Sciences

Rangachary Mukundan



Los Alamos National Lab

Mike Sailor

msailor@ ucsd.edu


University of San Diego

Diane K. Smith

dsmith@ sciences.sdsu.edu


San Diego State Univ.

Fred Yamagishi

fyamagishi@ hrl.com


HRL Laboratories

Norobu Yamazoe

noborigz@ mbox.nc.kyushu-u.ac.jp


Kyushu University

Ted Zellers

ezellers@ sph.umich.edu


University of Michigan

Peter Vanysek (Divisional Advisor)

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Northern Illinois University

Peter Hesketh (past chair)



Georgia Institute of Technology

Tony Ricco (past chair)