Professor Dragan Damjanovic receives several prestigious awards

© Alain Herzog 2021 EPFL

© Alain Herzog 2021 EPFL

The head of the Group for Ferroelectrics and Functional Oxides, School of Engineering, has been awarded the Humboldt Research award, IEEE Distinguished Service award and Best Teacher 2021 from the Materials Section.

Dragan Damjanovic, professor and head of the Group for Ferroelectrics and Functional Oxides was recently awarded three separate prizes. He received the Humboldt Research Prize, by the Alexander von Humboldt foundation, which is awarded to selected scientists in all fields of research and science for past lifetimeaccomplishments and lasting impact in their field. The researcher was awarded a grant of 60,000 euros to conduct his research for one year in Germany. He will divide his time between the University of Darmstadt, Erlanger and Julich, as well as other research centers.

Dragan Damjanovic also received the IEEE Distinguished Service Award for his "for diverse contributions and sustained commitment to the Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control (UFFC) community, including scientific leadership and organizational management". The Professor of the School of Engineering is an IEEE Fellow, served as the Vice-President for Ferroelectric in UFFC-Society, was previously recipient of the IEEE Distinguished Lecturer Award, IEEE Robert E. Newnham Ferroelectrics Award, and IEEE Ferroelectrics Recognition Award.

Finally, the scientist was particularly pleased to have been selected to receive the EPFL Materials Section's Best Teacher Award for the year 2021. "Considering difficult conditions of teaching during the last semesters, this award is particularly valuable to me. The year 2020/2021 was my last year of teaching before retirement and I appreciate good evaluations I received from students who attended my doctoral, master and bachelor courses”, says Damjanovic. His PhD course entitled "Introduction on piezoelectric materials, properties and devices" can be viewed freely on the IEEE UFFC Society's Youtube channel.