Society Awards

The ECS Society Awards will be presented during this meeting at the Plenary Session. The Vittorio de Nora Award will be presented to Hariklia (Lili) Deligianni, IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center and the Henry B. Linford Award for Distinguished Teaching will go to Ralph White, University of South Carolina.


Hariklia (Lili) DeligianniVittorio de Nora Award

Wednesday, May 16 | 1400h
Washington State Convention & Trade Center, Room 303

New Tools for Brain Research
By Hariklia Deligianni

Hariklia (Lili) Deligianni is a research scientist in IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center. Her current research interests include materials and devices for power electronics, bioelectronics, biosensors, and brain inspired computing.

Deligianni has played a key role developing the solder bump technology that became the standard for joining of silicon chips to packages. She co-invented copper electrodeposition for on-chip interconnects and was a co-recipient of the 2006 Inventor of the Year Award from the New York Intellectual Property Law Association. For these technologies, IBM was recognized with the U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation. She has developed an electrodeposition route for the synthesis of solar thin film semiconductors and earth abundant solar materials and has been instrumental in the scale-up of thin film solar energy conversion technologies.

Deligianni holds PhD and MS degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and a BS in chemical engineering from Aristotelion University in Thessaloniki, Greece. She has also co-authored 58 manuscripts, 187 patents, and has more than 30 patents pending with the USPTO. Deligianni is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology, and a Fellow of The Electrochemical Society. In 2012, Deligianni was the first female recipient of the ECS Electrodeposition Research Award. She is a past secretary of ECS (2012-2016), has served as chair of the ECS Education and Ways and Means Committees, and of the Electrodeposition Division. She is a senior member of IEEE and of AIChE, and a member of ISE, ACS, ACM and AAAS.


Ralph WhiteHenry B. Linford Award
for Distinguished Teaching

Tuesday, May 15 | 0955h
Washington State Convention & Trade Center, Room 604

Mathematical Modeling of Batteries
By Ralph E. White

Ralph E. White is a Professor of Chemical Engineering and a Distinguished Scientist at the University of South Carolina. He graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BS in chemical engineering in 1971. He then attended the University of California at Berkeley and completed his PhD in 1977 under the direction of Prof. John Newman.

White began his teaching career at Texas A&M University in 1977. In 1993 he moved to the University of South Carolina where he served as the chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering for seven years, and then as the Dean of the College of Engineering and Computing for five years. In 1995 he founded the Center for Electrochemical Engineering.

White has published 338 peer-reviewed journal articles and has graduated 50 PhD and 39 MS students. He is a past treasurer of ECS (1990-1994), and he is a fellow of ECS, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and AAAS. White has received several international awards including the AESF Scientific Achievement Award (2000) for mathematical modeling of the electrodeposition of alloys, ECS Olin Palladium Award (2013) for contributions to the science of electrochemistry, and the ECS Vittorio de Nora Award (2016). He has served as a consultant to several major companies including Energizer and General Electric.